Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Colorado Springs man: Experimental stem-cell procedure worth the cost

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a whole new joint. He opted for liposuction and a shot. The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in...

  • New Colorado Springs center to help homeless veterans opens its doors

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A new resource center is available for veterans trying to work their way out of homelessness. Rocky Mountain Human Services has opened its Veteran Housing Resource Center, 320 E. Fontanero St., to offer veterans a one-stop shop for resources to find housing. The nonprofit aims to...

  • YMCA to manage Colorado Springs Senior Center beginning in September

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    All leadership staff of the Colorado Springs Senior Center will remain there when the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region begins running the facility. The agreement between the YMCA and Colorado Springs was announced Friday, and will take effect Sept. 1, according to a news release....

  • Supreme Court ruling provides certainty, safety net for Colorado health exchange, analysts say

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Supreme Court's ruling on health insurance subsidies in dozens of other states ensured two things for Colorado: Certainty and a safety net, health policy analysts said. The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several...

  • Colorado motorcyclist who died on Pikes Peak 'lived on the edge'

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A seasoned motorcycle racer from Centennial plunged to his death while practicing for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, casting a pall over the annual race for a second straight year. Carl Sorensen, a 39-year-old father of one, went off a cliff during Thursday...

  • Colorado Springs nonprofit releases report focused on aging well

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Twenty-five years from now, the number of people ages 65 and older in El Paso, Teller and Park counties will have increased by 160 percent. Those ages 85 and older will have jumped by 337 percent. But ensuring they age well will take people of all ages. The Innovations in Aging...

  • Report details struggles faced by Colorado Springs residents with disabilities

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region lacks sufficient affordable housing near transit routes and needs more options for people with physical disabilities, according to preliminary results of a study by The Independence Center. The issues ranked among a complex web of concerns raised by the...

  • Contract awarded to merge electronic patient health records in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A single electronic health record for each person in the Pikes Peak region moved closer to becoming a reality Tuesday. Community Health Partnership - a health care coalition spanning El Paso, Teller, Park and Elbert counties - announced a contract with a nonprofit to seamlessly share...

  • Penrose-St. Francis document lays out location for a new massive hospital

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has filed a preliminary plan to build a massive new hospital and medical office campus in northwest Colorado Springs, which would likely solidify the Fillmore Street hill as another major health care hub in the city. The health care system...

  • Colorado Springs church increases security after South Carolina shooting

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Members of Colorado Springs' lone African Methodist Episcopal Church expressed mournful grief and began beefing up security Thursday after a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers who had gathered for prayer in Charleston, S.C. "We're a connectional church... so if the toe hurts,...

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