Health and Wellness briefs: April 25, 2017

Hospital now a Level III trauma center

Community Hospital was recently designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the Trauma Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the hospital announced.

Increasing from a Level IV Trauma Center to a Level III Trauma Center will allow Community Hospital to treat patients with a higher acuity level and receive ambulance transports from Level IV Trauma Centers throughout the region.

“We are extremely proud of our emergency department and trauma staff and everyone who worked so hard to make this happen,” said Donald Nicolay, chief medical officer for Community Hospital.

“Becoming a Level III Trauma Center continues our mission to grow and expand the clinical capabilities of Community Hospital and increase the health care options for the entire Grand Valley,” said Chris Thomas, president and CEO for Community Hospital.

Elements of Level III Trauma Centers include:

■ 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists;

■ Provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals;

■ Offers continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team;

■ Involved with prevention efforts and an outreach program.

Support group for neuropathy patients


A new support group for people dealing with peripheral and idiopathic neuropathy meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway on the Redlands, across from Redlands Middle School.

Meetings begin at 1 p.m. and last for an hour or so, according to group organizers.

An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from damage to the peripheral nervous system — the vast network that transmits information between the brain and every other part of the body, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Symptoms include numbness, tingling or muscle weakness.

Free clinic for foot, ankle issues Wednesday


Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 1, is hosting a free clinic day on Wednesday for people experiencing foot and ankle issues, which are more prevalent as the seasons warm up and people are more active.

Non-established patients will receive a clinical screening and exam during the clinic.

Appointments are recommended for the free clinic day and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an appointment, call 245-FEET (3338).


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