Briefs: Local Health April 14, 2009

Grief education, support available

• Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado offers adult grief education and support groups through Mending Hearts.
The group meets from 2–3:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Miller Homestead, 3090 A N. 12th St.
Participants can join the group at any time, and registration is not required.
Mending Hearts is free.
Call 254-0891 for more information.

5K benefits Hilltop and Girls on the Run

• Hilltop’s Tri-County Resource Center & Girls on the Run are planning the sixth annual Run for Shelter, a 5K run and cross-country walk/run to raise awareness about domestic violence.
The intent of the run is to help girls develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through running.
The 5K is at 9 a.m. April 25 at Baldridge Park in Montrose. The 5K will be on area bike paths and trails.
Cost is $25 per person or $35 on race day. Ten dollars from entry goes to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization.
Race day registration is from 7:30–8:30 a.m. at the park. Starbucks is providing brunch.
Online registration is available at http://www.active.com or at http://www.htop.org. City Market locations and Hilltop’s regional office, 540 S. First St., also has race applications. Mailed applications need to be received by April 21.
Call 252-7445 for more information.

Three appointed to Montrose board

• The Montrose County Commissioners appointed James E. Whitticom, William H. Bennett and Dr. Louis Winkler to the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees during an April 6 meeting in Montrose.
Whitticom is a retired senior management executive.
Bennett is a self-employed businessman and a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Winkler is a retired orthopedic surgeon.
The commissioners meet with the hospital’s board of trustees quarterly.

Information technology grants awarded

• The Colorado Health Foundation awarded $2 million in Health Information Technology grants to state nonprofit health-care organizations.
Health Information Technology is the hardware and software needed to store, protect, retrieve and transfer records electronically in health-care settings. Health Information Technology is designed to improve efficiency, quality and safety in health care.
Area grant recipients were Grand River Hospital District in Rifle, Mountain Family Health Centers in Glenwood Springs, Northwest Colorado Community Health Project in Craig/Steamboat Springs and Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.

Hepatitis conference registration open

• Registration is open for the 2009 Colorado Viral Hepatitis Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 at Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado in Denver.
The conference is on campus at 12700 E. 19th Ave., Research Bldg. 2, Room 2105.
Cost is $45, which includes breakfast, lunch and parking.
Public health workers, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, case managers, mental-health treatment providers, drug and alcohol treatments providers and correction staff are encouraged to attend this conference.
People can RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 720-917-3963.


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