Briefs: Local Health December 09, 2008

Group updates Colorado Hospital Report Card

• The Colorado Hospital Association and the Colorado Department of Public Health updated its Colorado Hospital Report Card last week with 2007 statistics.
Through the site,, people can compare state hospitals by their performance in multiple categories.
The site was launched in 2007 with numbers compiled from state hospitals from 2005 and 2006.
In 2009, the CHA’s Hospital Report Card Implementation Committee plans to add nursing-sensitive measurements to the report cards.

Free flu shots available for veterans at center

• Free flu shots are available for veterans registered with the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The shots are available at the medical center on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Patients who use the satellite Veteran Affairs medical clinics should call those clinics for available dates and times. The Montrose number is 249-7791, and the Craig number is 970-824-6721.

Cholesterol screenings free to blood donors

• St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center offers free cholesterol screenings for all blood donors this month.
A picture identification is required to give blood, and donors will be given a mini-physical exam before being allowed to donate blood.
The Regional Blood Center is at 750 Wellington Ave.
It is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Flu shot clinic set at Garfield County locations

• Garfield County Public Health will offer flu shots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Mall and the Rifle Health and Human Services Building.
Flu shots are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.
For information, call 970-625-5200 in Rifle or 970-945-6614 in Glenwood.

GJ man raises funds for stem cell treatments

• Rusty Leech, a Grand Junction man who is paralyzed and aspires to walk again through adult stem cell treatment in India, wants to travel to Delhi in January for his third stem cell treatment.
The treatments cost $30,000 each, and Leech is planning a Rusty Leech Phantom Ball to raise money for his third treatment. Leech has regained some muscle movement and feeling from the previous two stem cell treatments. He was paralyzed in an ATV accident about 10 years ago.
The event is called a phantom ball because there is no ball. Instead, people estimate how much they would spend to attend a formal ball and donate that money to Leech’s fund. The deadline to donate is Dec. 31.
Donations can be sent to 2254 Sparrow Court, Grand Junction 81506. Tax-deductible donations can be made at through the National Transplant Assistance Fund.


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