Health and Wellness briefs: Aug. 15, 2017

Concussion management meeting planned Aug. 26

Community Hospital will sponsor “The How and Why of Concussion Management Part 2: A Town Hall Meeting” for physicians, medical personnel, coaches, teachers, parents, students and others later this month.

The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Pre-register with Heather Gray at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 644-3024.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to define the critical importance of early identification of traumatic brain injury and concussions; analyze strategies for prevention; establish a team approach to concussion management; and identify barriers and opportunities for communication between health care providers, injured individuals and families.

The meeting gets financial grant support from the Colorado Brain Injury Program.

Community lauded

for bariatric excellence


Community Hospital has been identified as a “Bariatric Center of Excellence.” Community’s surgical weight-loss program meets all criteria for the designation, according to national quality standards.

Andrew Morse, metabolic and bariatric surgery director at Community Hospital, announced the accreditation, which encompasses both adults as well as adolescents. The hospital is the only one on the Western Slope and one of only five hospitals in the state to hold the adolescent accreditation designation, according to a news release.

To earn the designation, Community Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

For information about the hospital’s surgical-weight loss program, call 242-9123 or visit

Post polio group schedules kick-off meeting on Aug. 23


A kick-off meeting for the Western Colorado Post Polio Group will be Aug. 23 at the Center For Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction.

The organization is a group of polio survivors who have lived their lives as well and normally as possible. Many have or are now experiencing post polio syndrome, where people lose strength, experience new weakness, or have difficulties swallowing and other issues.

The support group is designed to educate polio survivors and caregivers about post polio, connect post polio people, respond to individual needs, and generally to promote the health, wellness and independent living for people, and their supporting cast, struck with the virus many years ago.

Call Loran at 261-0162 for information.

Mind Springs doctor

one of ‘Best in America’


Jules Rosen, chief medical officer at Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, has been named one of the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, according to the organization.

Only 4 percent of U.S. physicians are named to the prestigious recognition, and this year marks the 18th time that Rosen has earned the honor.

“Dr. Rosen is an amazing healer,” said Sharon Raggio, president and CEO. “He regularly goes out of his way to consult with the entire health care community and treat people with complex psychiatric and medical conditions.”

As chief medical officer, Rosen is responsible for directing and overseeing all psychiatric medical services across 10 Western Slope counties and is based out of Mind Springs Health in Frisco.

To reach him or another Mind Springs Health provider, call 970-668-3478.


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