Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 23, 2016

Primary Care Partners

log most steps in challenge

Crossroads Fitness sponsored a challenge during the week of Oct. 10-16, in which participants pledged to walk 70,000 steps in seven days. This is the second year of this event.

The goal of Crossroads Fitness was to inspire and motivate everyone in the Grand Valley to step up their health and fitness. The goal was to collectively, as one community, log 25 million steps.

Organizers reported this week that with nearly 600 participants, the total step count for the 2016 Crossroads Fitness 70,000 Step Challenge was 29,757,222. The business with the most steps was Primary Care Partners with more than 5 million.

Each participant received a packet with a pedometer, a T-shirt, a fitness pass and access to walking events, seminars and helpful tips. Each participant who completed the challenge and had steps recorded was put into a drawing for prizes from businesses throughout our community.

Gold sponsors of the event were Gallagher’s Flooring, The Lewis Agency, Shaw Construction, Alpine Bank and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Silver sponsors were Dalby, Wendland & Co., Hilltop and All Metals Welding. 

Media sponsors included The Daily Sentinel, The Vault 100.7 and Action Publishing.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Western Slope Girls on the Run group.

VA hospital gives flu shots at drive-thru clinic Nov. 5

The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold an annual drive-thru flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the facility’s main entrance.

Flu shots are available at no cost to any veteran who can provide proof of military service.

Community names new emergency medical chief


Community Hospital announced that Dr. Grant Roper has accepted the position of medical director of the emergency department at Community Hospital, effective 
Nov. 1.

Dr. Roper is board-certified in emergency medicine and has been a valued member of the Community Hospital emergency department provider group for more than three years.

He’s a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

“We have all come to appreciate Dr. Roper for his insightful and openly expressed opinions, his enthusiasm and energy, and his commitment to Community Hospital,” said Dr. Donald Nicolay, chief medical officer at Community Hospital.

Community Hospital opened a new facility in March at 2351 G Road. The new state-of-the-art hospital boasts more than 140,000 square feet and features 44 private patient rooms, a new labor and delivery unit and a more robust emergency department.

HopeWest names new chief information officer


HopeWest has named Brian Hoag as chief information officer, in an effort to enhance productivity, mobility, integration and communication at HopeWest through innovative technology and information system solutions, the organization said.

Hoag joins HopeWest with an abundance of experience in health care and hospice fields of work, spending the majority of his career in leadership roles for a variety of organizations across the county.

Hoag’s expertise is acutely tuned to strategic positioning, finance, regulatory compliance and lowering costs of care, according to HopeWest.

He brings skilled implementation and project management experience to tailor information system solutions and integrations to further the HopeWest mission.


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