Conditions We Treat Bone and Joint Infections - The majority of bone infections are caused by bacteria. A bone or joint can get infected if there are bacteria in the blood or nearby tissues. Infections also can be a complication of an injury, surgery or chronic wounds. Treatment of bone and joint infections typically requires removal of infected tissues and bone by the surgical team followed by prolonged antibiotics. Surgical Site Infections - A surgical site infection can involve the skin, organs or implanted material. The doctors at Beacon Center manage individual cases of infection and consult with BCH surgeons regularly to improve patient safety by employing system-wide infection control measures. Learn more. HIV/AIDS - The Beacon Center has been providing compassionate care to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families since 1995. Since January 2004, we have received funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. We care for more than 300 patients from Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Larimer and Weld counties. Through cutting edge HIV treatment, comprehensive primary care, case management and referral to specialists as needed, our providers help improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more here and here. Staph/MRSA infection - Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as "staph," is a germ frequently found on many peoples’ skin. Sometimes this germ can cause serious infections, such as skin infections, pneumonia, surgical infections or blood stream infections. MRSA is a type of staph that has more limited antibiotic options and is more common in people recently hospitalized or treated with antibiotics. The main way to prevent a staph infection is to wash your hands regularly, keep wounds clean, and avoid sharing personal items (towels, razors) with other people. Learn more. HCV - Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an infection that affects liver cells and can spread person to person through contact with blood. Many are unaware they have the virus and there are multiple new treatments for HCV that have high cure rates. We provide complete care for patients interested in HCV treatment. If you have risk factors such as unprotected sex, intravenous drug use or were born between 1945 and 1965, you should ask your primary care doctor to test you for HCV. Learn more. Pneumonia - Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that can cause coughing, fever, chest pain and shortness of breath. Pneumonia can be caused by infections such as bacteria, viruses and other germs. Vaccination can reduce the risk of certain forms of pneumonia and is recommended for patients at age 65 or older, for persons with underlying health problems and for smokers. Clostridium difficile - Clostridium difficile (C-diff for short) is a bacterium that can be found in the environment and the human digestive system. The bacteria do not cause problems until they grow in abnormally large numbers in someone taking antibiotics or certain other medications. In that situation, C-diff can cause a severe diarrheal illness which can be potentially life-threatening. Learn more. Outpatient Parenteral (IV) Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) - OPAT is a mechanism by which individuals who have stable infections requiring long-term IV antibiotics can receive therapy outside of the hospital in an infusion center, at home or in a skilled nursing facility.