Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 19, 2013

3 named to Family Health West board

Jerry Hamilton, Tom Oliver and Ken Palmer are the newest members of the Family Health West Board of Directors.

Hamilton works at Home Loan Investment Co. and previously served on the board from 2004 to 2009. Oliver is an Alpine Bank branch manager in Fruita. Palmer runs Palmer Tax & Consulting in Fruita.

The trio join fellow board members Thomas Motz, Stacey Mascarenas, Mark Francis, Jason McCormick, Kristi Pollard, Kurtis Holmes, Michael Hughes, Michael Dohm, Kenneth Lewis, Bill Byers, Jeff Freeland and Tim Sarmo.

Benefit to continue for deceased mom


A lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Texas Roadhouse that was organized to help pay for Grand Junction mother Salina Ritchie’s medical bills will go on, although Ritchie died Feb. 9.

Ritchie, who leaves behind three children, was diagnosed with her second cancerous brain tumor in November and had emergency surgery in December in Denver. The money raised from the lunch will benefit the Donations Account for Salina Ritchie, an account at Wells Fargo that will help pay her medical bills.

Tickets to the lunch are $10 and pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, Caesar salad and beverages will be served. No Outlet will provide music.

Dentists to visit local elementary schools


Dental professionals from Lybrook Dental Center, 551 Kokopelli Drive in Fruita, will visit three elementary schools March 1 to teach second-graders good oral hygiene habits.

Staff will visit Appleton Elementary, Shelledy Elementary and Rimrock Elementary. For information about children’s dental health or to inquire about the elementary visits, contact Dr. Carol Lybrook at 858-9511.

Heart health awareness class today


Preferred Homecare will host a free Heart Health Awareness class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 102 on the lower level of Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St.

Dr. Ross Pacini from Western Slope Cardiology will speak at the meeting, which will focus on the long-term cardiac consequences of untreated nocturnal hypoxemia and sleep apnea. Complications can include hypertension, angina, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and heart attack.

The class is being offered in February because it is Healthy Heart Awareness Month.


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