Health and Wellness briefs: June 20, 2017

Primary Care announces new dietitian nutritionist

Heather Burchall, MS, RDN, is Primary Care Partners’ new registered dietitian nutritionist. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Western Illinois University and has a master’s degree in nutrition and wellness from Benedictine University.

She counsels patients on nutrition-related conditions and has a special interest in chronic disease prevention. She is pursuing certification as a diabetes educator.

Burchall replaces Vanessa Carter RD, CDE, who has been Primary Care Partners’ registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for 11 years. Carter will join Appleton Clinics at the end of June.

St. Mary’s achieves Gold level in healthy standards


On June 14, St. Mary’s Hospital was recognized for achieving the Gold level as a partner of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment developed the compact to promote the health of hospital patients and their families, visitors and staff. The overall goal is to develop a culture of wellness to contribute to making Colorado the healthiest state.

To receive Gold level recognition, St. Mary’s met criteria for multiple standards based on healthier food and beverage options, marketing and breast-feeding. The nutrition-based standards include patient meals, retail meals, vending, beverage offerings, and ensuring access to free drinking water.

To learn more about the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact, go to

Larchwood Inns noted

for quality commitment


Larchwood Inns, 2845 N. 15th St. in Grand Junction, recently received The Bronze Commitment to Quality award, making the facility one of only six in Colorado, and the only Western Slope facility, to receive the honor.

Larchwood Inns, a post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, is one of 520 facilities nationwide to earn the recognition.


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