Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 10, 2017

Medical affairs official

joins team at HopeWest

HopeWest announced the addition of Dr. Ellissa Tiller, MD, FAAHPM, CPE, as vice president of medical affairs. She’ll be charged with spearheading innovation within each program, enhancing patient care, and increasing hospice and palliative education in the community.

Most recently, Tiller established the Sentara RMH Palliative Care Program in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and served as medical director for both hospice and palliative care programs there for six years before moving to Grand Junction to join HopeWest.

“The expertise Dr. Tiller brings to our organization is a wonderful asset,” said Christy Whitney Borchard, president and CEO at HopeWest.

Marriage may help you survive stroke, study says


Your marriage status may be a good predictor of whether you survive a stroke.

Many studies have shown that married people are generally better off financially than those who are single. They also tend to have more social support and engage in fewer unhealthy behaviors than the unmarried.

But even after controlling for these and other factors, researchers found that being married by itself increases the probability of survival after a stroke.

The analysis, in The Journal of the American Heart Association, included a nationally representative sample of 2,351 men and women who had a stroke and were discharged from the hospital.

During the study period, from 1992-2010, 1,362 of them later died.

The researchers found that compared to the continuously married, the never married had a 34 percent higher risk of death.

People who had multiple divorces were at a 50 percent higher risk, and those widowed multiple times had a 25 percent higher risk.

Being divorced or widowed only once, though, did not increase the risk.

Lead author Matthew E. Dupre, a sociologist at Duke University, said the study confirmed other research showing “how our social relationships can have immediate and lasting consequences for our health.”

Cancer Day slated Jan. 28

The St. Mary’s Survivorship Program will host the first-ever Western Colorado Cancer Day — Living Fully! The free event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Colorado Mesa University Meyer’s Ballroom.

Wendy Reece, Delaney Clements’ mother, will be the keynote speaker during the lunch-hour session.

Colorado has 215,000 cancer survivors and thrivers, which is 6 percent of the population, St. Mary’s officials said in a press release.

Topics to be addressed include:

■ Why Cancer Wellness Matters

■ Foods That Can Help or Harm Your Healing

■ Helping Your Loved One with Cancer

■ Preventing a Cancer Recurrence

■ Paying for Your Cancer Care

The event is free, but space is limited to 350 attendees. To register and reserve a spot, go to or call 298-2351. Registration deadline is Jan. 13.

Healthy breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided for up to 350 registered attendees. For information on Western Colorado Cancer Day, please call 298-2351.


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