Health and Wellness briefs: Dec. 6, 2016

Cancer fundraiser planned

Pamela Giese’s Cancer Kick Fundraising group plans a number of events, including a benefit concert from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday with the band Zolopht at Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant, 401 Main St. A silent auction also will be featured. Call 640-8023 for information.

Giese is a nurse who has a rare form of cancer called clear cell carcinoma. She has had surgery as well as radiation and chemotherapy, yet the cancer has spread to her lungs and brain, according to organizers. Her only hope of survival is through expensive alternative treatments, so the group is working to raise the needed $40,000.

Details are to come about other events, including an art show and a concert planned for New Year’s Eve.

St. Mary’s is Baby-Friendly

St. Mary’s Hospital was recently awarded a Baby-Friendly Hospital designation from Baby-Friendly USA, making it the only Grand Valley hospital to earn the distinction, St. Mary’s officials said.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program launched by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

As a part of the required education process, all of the hospital’s perinatal staff, about 120 associates, went through 20 hours of training so they could better educate both prenatal and postpartum patients about the benefits of breast-feeding. The process took about one year to complete, officials said.

According to Baby-Friendly USA, mothers who give birth at such hospitals are more likely to initiate exclusive breast-feeding and more likely to sustain breast-feeding at 6 months and 1 year of age.

Calm holiday at Gardens


Experience calm magic this holiday season at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., with the Sensory Christmas nighttime events.

The events are low-stimulation with soft lights and music — intended for children who might be extra-sensitive to loud noises and bright or flashy lights.

It’s free to attend from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and Dec. 16 and 17.

Along with the vibrant beauty of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens’ Christmas lights on display, there will also be a “sensory sensitive Santa” on hand for children to quietly visit with.

Children and families will also be able to work at a craft table, enjoy refreshments of warm cider and cocoa, and experience a small-animal petting area.

Vets audiology appointments


Veterans enrolled with the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System can now make appointments for routine audiology appointments without seeing a Veterans Affairs primary care provider first.

Prior to this initiative, veterans who did not have a hearing-related, service-connected disability and who were seeking appointments with an audiologist had to request a consultation from their primary care provider.

The new process is expected to increase veteran access, reduce wait times and improve the veterans’ and VA Medical Center employees’ experience.

For information on the direct scheduling program, enrolled veterans can call 263-2802.

Veterans who need supplies, such as batteries, for their VA-issued hearing aids can call 303-273-6200.


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