Health Briefs, April 8, 2014

Dr. Pramenko to speak

on state of health care

Dr. Michael Pramenko will present an update on health care reform at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room at the central branch of Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

Pramenko is the executive director of Primary Care Partners, the largest primary care practice in western Colorado.

As an outspoken proponent of Grand Junction’s unique health care system, he has appeared on PBS’s “News Hour” and NPR’s “Science Friday,” and was interviewed by Tom Brokaw for NBC News.

Pramenko will provide an update on the policies and politics of health care reform. He will take questions from the audience.

This presentation will be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Mesa County and Mesa County Libraries.

Six nurses nominated

for Nightingale award


Six nurses were honored with a Nightingale Luminary Award at a March 22 banquet in Grand Junction.

As part of the state Nightingale Award process, each of six regions around the state conduct a nomination process for registered nurses in Colorado whose contributions to the profession of nursing epitomize the philosophy and passion of Florence Nightingale.

In the western Colorado region, 25 nurses were nominated and celebrated at the annual awards banquet. 

Jane Foster, clinical director at Quality Health Network, served as the emcee of the evening and was assisted by Kristy Reuss, professor of nursing at Colorado Mesa University.

The six nurses from the western Colorado region who will be considered for one of the state awards at the state event in Denver on May 10 are:

■ Lynda McFarland, education coordinator, Grand River Health.

■ Terri Walter, chief administrative officer, HopeWest.

■ Heather Gilmartin, public health nurse, Eagle County Public Health.

■ Cynthia Ellison, registered nurse, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Susan Clark, assistant director of nurses/QA nurse, E. Dene Moore Care Center. 

■ Misty Young, clinical manager of the neuro/trauma/stroke unit, St. Mary’s Hospital.           

Other nominees who were recognized at the event included:

■ Jessica Bates, Delta County Memorial Hospital.

■ Amy Campagna, Grand River Health.

■ Wendy Deister, Family Health West.

■ Amanda Gauthier, Delta County Memorial Hospital.

■ Mary Jo George, Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

■ Tammy Head, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Laura “Katie” Hebert, Delta County Memorial Hospital.

■ Mary Hinz, Vail Valley Medical Center.

■ Tami Honnen, Community Hospital.

■ Meredith Jones, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Amy Lavigne, Vail Valley Medical Center.

■ Alicia Moodie, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Stephany Seuell, Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

■ Lorraine Sharp, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Susan Shepherd, Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

■ Kelly Thompson, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Gina Underwood, Mantey Heights Rehabilitation & Care Center.

■ Klover Wells, St. Mary’s Hospital.

■ Veronica Zarlingo, St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Nightingale Western Colorado event is planned by an all-volunteer group of local nurses.

Obstetricians, gynecologists join Community Hospital


Community Hospital signed a contract to employ the physicians and staff of Colorado West WomanCare, hospital officials announced.

Board-certified obstetrics and gynecology physicians Drs. Barry W. King, David S. Robbins and Lori Wittman joined Community Hospital on Monday.

Dr. Ronald Stewart will also join the group in June and Dr. Elizabeth McCarrel will join the group in August. Both physicians are new to the Grand Valley.

“With this decision, Community Hospital and Colorado West WomanCare will be better positioned to meet the needs of patients and feel it will be mutually beneficial,” Chris Thomas, president and CEO for Community Hospital, said in a news release.

Colorado West WomanCare was founded in 1991 with the vision of creating a medical practice that treats every patient with dignity and first-rate care.

“They specialize in providing care for women of all ages and pride themselves in administering care through a patient-driven approach,” Thomas said.

‘Managing anxiety, anger’ series will begin tonight


“SOS Help For Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger and Depression,” a video-
discussion education program, will take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning tonight at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 730 Mesa Ave. David Brian, a retired Grand Junction physician, will facilitate the program as a community service.

The cost to cover textbooks and handouts is $20 per individual and per family member 16 years of age or older.

For information, call 628-4556.


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