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Antibiotic Awareness Week 2021

November 19, 2021
Antibiotic Safety Through Education and Awareness Denver Health is joining with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to advise...

The Meaning of Overdose Awareness Day 2021

August 25, 2021
by: Josh Blum
The past year was a year of profound loss. Taken from so many of us were lives and livelihoods, loves and loved ones. Even facts and universal...

COVID-19 Variants: What You Need to Know

August 18, 2021
For weeks now, a big topic of conversation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been the variants of the original virus that...

National Immunization Awareness Month: Why Vaccines are So Important

August 02, 2021
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a good time to talk about vaccines and why they are so important not just now but throughout...

Pharmacy Robot Helps Denver Health Patients Get Medications Faster

July 28, 2021
With the 2021 opening of the Outpatient Medical Center Pharmacy at Denver Health, patients who fill their prescriptions at the new state-of-the-art...

Skin to Skin Contact Benefits Babies in the Age of COVID-19

May 26, 2021
Denver Health Kangaroo-a-Thon Still Going Strong For the second straight year during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Denver Health's...

How COVID19 Affected the Future of Mental Health Treatment

May 13, 2021
This Mental Health Awareness Month, Denver Health Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Jennifer Grote, PhD, explains how the expansion of...

Santa Pays a Visit to Denver Health NICU Babies

December 22, 2020
This holiday season, NICU nurses dressed up like Santa and Santa's elf to bring holiday cheer to the NICU department. See photos of the babies in...

Why COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe and Effective

December 17, 2020
(Updated) Vaccinations are available to everyone age 5 and over. Denver Health will continue to vaccinate patients according to the latest state...

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 20, 2020
Update 11/20/2020: Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Colorado and nationwide, Denver Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

How to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus at the Grocery Store

November 19, 2020
Updated 11/19/2020: As of Friday, November 20, 2020, 15 Colorado counties, including Denver, will move to tougher public health restrictions to...

Real Stories of the Frontline Workers of Denver Health

November 12, 2020
Why These Heroes Still Love Their Jobs Through the COVID-19 Pandemic Ask any of our amazing frontline workers at Denver Health – from the...

Coronavirus Vaccine Update from Denver Health's Chief Medical Officer

November 09, 2020
Update: Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration, Denver Health will resume...

The Benefits of Using Mail Order Pharmacy

November 04, 2020
How Getting Your Prescriptions Through the Mail Might Make You Healthier When Denver Health expanded Pharmacy by Mail earlier this year in response...

How to Trick-or-Treat Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 26, 2020
Is There Trick-or-Treating in 2020? Or Has COVID Canceled It? Halloween is coming up on Saturday and as with most anything else this year, because...

Coronavirus vs. Flu and Why You Should Get a Flu Shot During The Coronavirus Pandemic

October 19, 2020
With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise in Denver for three consecutive weeks and new orders now in place to wear masks outside and limit...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020

October 07, 2020
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Denver Health wants to make sure you know your risk and take the proper steps to keep yourself healthy...

Should I Get a Flu Shot During COVID-19?

October 05, 2020
Every year Denver Health recommends that our patients get a vaccine to protect against the flu (influenza) during the fall and winter seasons. But...

A Note to New and Expecting Parents: Five Tips for Car Seat Safety

September 21, 2020
Whether you're a new parent or expecting a baby in the near future – congratulations! Welcoming a new baby is one of the most exciting,...

How to Use NARCAN

August 18, 2020
Why Arming Yourself With NARCAN is More Important Than Ever During a Pandemic Opioid drug overdose deaths in Colorado are on a steep rise since the...

Why It's Important to Get Your Child Vaccinated During COVID-19

July 20, 2020
This is normally the time of year when Denver Health doctors, nurses and other providers remind parents to get their children up to date on their...

Identifying Signs of Heat Stroke & Other Heat Illness During COVID-19

July 17, 2020
This has been a hot summer so far in Denver, and in addition to taking precautions for heat when we work or play outside this year, we are all...

How to Enjoy the Fourth of July Responsibly During COVID-19

July 02, 2020
We know that celebrating the Fourth of July during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to look a lot different than it normally...

Outpouring of Love and Support for Health Care Workers During COVID-19

May 14, 2020
Denver Health has received dozens of thank you letters from school children across the Denver metro area. Their drawings and messages of thanks to...

April 17-18: COVID-19 Behind the Scenes

May 08, 2020
Week four of Denver Health's photo journal during the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

Mindfulness Exercises For Stress Relief

May 07, 2020
How to Best Manage Your Stress During COVID-19 & Beyond May is Mental Health Month and many of us are experiencing heightened stress and...

How to Select and Wear a Mask for Coronavirus Protection

May 01, 2020
Update October 16, 2020: Face coverings are now required for everyone both inside Denver Health facilities as well as outdoors, including on all...

Stopping the Spread of COVID 19 In Any Language

April 29, 2020
Denver Health is proud to provide care for all in our community, especially at this time when we are experiencing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Should I Tell People I Have COVID-19?

April 22, 2020
Struggling Through The Stigma of Getting the Novel Coronavirus and Recovering We are now several weeks into the reality of COVID-19 being here in...

How to Make a Telehealth Appointment With Your Doctor

April 21, 2020
Phone and Video Doctor's Appointments During COVID-19 and Beyond A lot of things have changed during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but...

April 10-April 14: COVID-19 Behind the Scenes

April 17, 2020
Week three of Denver Health's photo journal during the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

1918 Pandemic Flu versus Novel Coronavirus: Part 2

April 16, 2020
This is our second of two blogs comparing the 1918 pandemic flu to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In this blog, we focus on a second wave of...

Sense of Duty Keeps Denver Health Paramedics Going In the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020
When we talk about front line workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the top of that list are the heroes who, in many cases, come in...

April 3-April 7: COVID-19 Behind the Scenes

April 09, 2020
Week two of Denver Health's photo journal during the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

1918 Pandemic Flu versus Novel Coronavirus: Similarities and Differences

April 09, 2020
It's been more than 100 years since the world has seen a pandemic on the scale of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 102 years ago, the world was...

How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

April 06, 2020
Update April 6, 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone wear a homemade, non-medical grade face mask or cloth...

Why Should I Practice Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

April 03, 2020
For several weeks now, we've been hearing the advice to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Denver...

March 26-March 31: COVID-19 Behind the Scenes

April 02, 2020
Week one of Denver Health's photo journal during the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

How to Identify People Infected with Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
Denver Health has and will continue to see patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our staff is vigilant about identifying those...

Maintaining Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing a lot of stress. It is disrupting our finances, health, social interactions and much more....

What is the Difference Between the Novel coronavirus and Flu?

March 24, 2020
You've heard a lot about how the symptoms of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are similar to the flu or influenza. The main symptoms...

Who Gets Tested for Novel Coronavirus

March 20, 2020
Anyone who has symptoms of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 is encouraged to...

Cold Weather Coronavirus Myths

March 19, 2020
Think the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can't survive cold weather? Think again! With the snow and cold weather we're seeing for the next couple...

How to Prime an Asthma Inhaler

February 26, 2020
The most common way to take asthma medicine is with an inhaler. The medicine from an inhaler is sprayed out and breathed deep into the lungs....

Black History is More Than Just a Month

February 12, 2020
As part of Denver Health's celebration of Black History Month, we asked a few of our employees to introduce themselves, tell us why diversity is...

Urgent Care For Kids

February 05, 2020
When your child gets sick or injured and you cannot get an appointment with their pediatrician right away, taking them to urgent care is a good...

How to Use an Inhaler With Spacer and Mouthpiece

January 31, 2020
The most common way to take asthma medicine is with an inhaler. The medicine from an inhaler is sprayed out and needs to be breathed deep into...

How to Get Your Test Results Online Using MyChart

January 27, 2020
According to a survey at Denver Health's nine Family Health Centers, one of the biggest questions patients have is how to get their lab and test...

How to Use an Inhaler With Spacer and Mask

December 12, 2019
The most common way to take asthma medicine is with an inhaler. The medicine from an inhaler is sprayed out and needs to be breathed deep into...

The Teen Vaping Crisis

December 10, 2019
About two and a half years ago in a small rural town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an 18-year-old girl had just started using her first electronic...

How Do I Know if I Have the Flu vs. A Cold?

November 18, 2019
It's flu season once again and we have already seen the virus surface here in Denver. While it's a little early to talk about how severe the flu...

Life-Changing Weight Loss Journey For Denver Health Nurse

October 30, 2019
From time to time, we come across interesting and inspiring stories about our more than 7,000 Denver Health team members. Nurse manager Tina Van...

Heat Rash, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Symptoms and Treatments

July 18, 2019
Blue skies and sunshine are standards of living in Denver. Biking down your favorite mountain or relaxing in one of the parks is a big perk of...

New Career at Denver Health for One-Time Addict

July 02, 2019
More than 15 million American adults struggle with alcohol abuse, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It can be...

Why Do I March in Pride?

June 14, 2019
Denver Health is proud to provide affirming and sensitive health care for the LGBTQ community at all of our locations from a network of...

Denver Health Supports Bill to Increase Vaccination Rates

May 01, 2019
A Denver Health Physician's Perspective More than 700 cases of measles have been recorded across the country since January. But only 89 percent of...

What is Superhero Therapy?

April 25, 2019
Calling all Superheroes! This Sunday, April 28 is National Superhero Day which was created in 1995 by Marvel Comics employees in order to recognize...

What To Expect During a Sexual Assault Exam

April 15, 2019
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in recognition of that, I want to talk about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Denver...

How Presidents Died & How We Would Treat Them Now

February 15, 2019
Throughout the history of the United States of America, there have been 43 presidents who have governed our nation (45 presidential terms because...

Take Note of this Unique Therapy at Denver Health

January 23, 2019
The Post-it Note, or sticky note. It's small, simple, circumspect and found by the multi-pack in every office supply closet in the country. These...

Breaking Down Language Barriers in Health Care

January 08, 2019
One day, I was walking down 6th Avenue and a woman shouted in Spanish, "Are you an interpreter?” I said, "yes, I am, do you need...

Why I Belong at Denver Health

October 22, 2018
by: Mark Reid
“Thank you very much but I’m afraid I must decline your kind offer.” A good long time ago I was frustrated. Frustrated about the...

Inpatient vs Outpatient

June 05, 2018
By: Chi Zheng, M.D., Patrick Ryan, M.D. and Marisa Echaniz, M.D. How Providers Are Working Together to Bridge the Divide As hospitalists, we...

Taking Care of Our Caregivers

May 17, 2018
The Role for Structured Debriefing After Adverse Patient Outcomes Clinical work can take an emotional toll on health care providers. Especially,...

The Opposite of Burnout

April 23, 2018
by: Mark Reid
What Keeps Doctors Happy and Productive Everybody in medicine is talking about burnout. We all have our favorite hypotheses about what could be to...

Improving Residency Education at Night Red Eye Rounds

March 27, 2018
By: Sansrita Nepal, M.D., Marisa Echaniz, M.D. and Joseph Walker Keach, M.D. The Night Shift – it’s a crucial part of a resident...

A Cog in the Machine

February 12, 2018
I am a hospitalist at a safety-net hospital. Through my work I have come to understand how our daily decisions – filtered through our own...

Letter to Noelle, First Year Medical Student

January 03, 2018
Editor’s note: In 2017, the New England Journal of Medicine featured a piece entitled “Letter to a Young Female Physician,” in...

What Guppies Taught Me About Doctoring

December 07, 2017
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the December issue of the SGIM Forum. Mr. T* was back in the hospital for the...

Can Buprenorphine Help Hospital-based Providers Treat the Opioid Crisis?

November 01, 2017
As a practicing hospitalist in a safety net hospital, I am on the front lines battling the opioid epidemic. In the past five years, I have seen an...

Heres How Hospitals and Physicians Can Help Solve the National Opioid Crisis

August 30, 2017
Pain management among hospitalized patients can be challenging. Patients may have unrealistic notions about how their pain should be controlled,...
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