Health and Wellness Briefs, April 16, 2013

Free health tests offered at Sam’s Club

The Grand Junction Sam’s Club at 1040 Independent Ave. and all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy will offer free weight and skin health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11.

The free tests include checks for blood pressure, body mass index, height, weight, stress hormone cortisol, vision issues and DermaScan, a test that identifies sun-caused skin damage.

The tests will continue to be offered every second Saturday of each month.

Canyon View Medical Plaza being built


    A new website complete with webcam footage of the construction site has been launched for Canyon View Medical Plaza at

The two-story plaza at 2373 G Road will house Western Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Canyon View Surgery Center, Urological Associates of Western Colorado, Mesa Women’s Health Care, The Pelvic Health and Wellness Center, Surgical Associates of Western Colorado and Community Hospital services, including lab, pharmacy, urgent care, clinical and imaging services.

Webcam video will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The plaza is scheduled to open in January.

Local chiropractors to show movies


A group of local chiropractors will begin screening movies at the Avalon Theatre as part of a series called “Movies That Matter by Doctors Who Care.”

The first movie will be a Jeff Hayes documentary called “Doctored,” at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Avalon. Tickets are $5 and are available at local chiropractic offices.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

St. Baldrick’s event scheduled June 29


The second annual head-shaving fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation will take place June 29 at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave.

St. Baldrick’s events across the country raise money for childhood cancer research. A head-shaving participant raises money by gathering pledges. People can register to participate in the Grand Junction fundraiser or donate money at

Details are available at

Community Hospital has seal of approval


Community Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation.

The award requires that hospitals follow the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The award process involves an on-site survey to ensure a hospital is following standards that help prevent infection, foster leadership and make sure medication is properly managed.

The Joint Commission is an accrediting body that develops standards based on the advice of health care providers, researchers and experts.

Delta County Memorial promotes nurse


Delta County Memorial Hospital recently promoted Registered Nurse and Certified Emergency Nurse Misty Sakala from the position of trauma nurse coordinator to the job of emergency department/trauma program manager.

Sakala began her new job April 8.

Podiatrists now seeing patients in Delta


Drs. Troy Griffiths and Douglas Goforth of Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center, 2478 F Road, Suite 1, are now seeing patients on Fridays at 1450 Burgess St. in Delta.

Both doctors will be performing routine checkups and seeing patients with foot or ankle problems such as pain, warts, nail disorders, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes and toenail fungus. They also can perform podiatric surgical procedures for patients at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

To schedule an appointment, call Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center at 245-3338.

Medicaid expansion advances in state


DENVER — Colorado is closer to expanding Medicaid for needy adults as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The state Senate voted 21-14 Monday to increase the income caps for needy adults to qualify for health assistance. The change could add some 160,000 Colorado adults to public health care assistance.

The measure now awaits consideration in the House.


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