Health Briefs, Jan. 22, 2013

Grand Valley Health Fair to go local

The annual Grand Valley Health Fair is breaking its ties with the 9health Organization and becoming an entirely local event.

Each spring, the 9health Organization offers health fairs across Colorado. The Grand Valley Health Fair beginning this year will take place in the fall and use the services of community organizations. St. Mary’s Hospital will perform blood screening analysis for the local health fair.

Information about the health fair will be posted at and will be available by calling 211.

It’s National Blood Donor Month


St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center wants to remind eligible adults to donate blood during January, National Blood Donor Month, as well as throughout the year.

The regional blood center supplies blood and blood products across the Western Slope to accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders. No appointment is needed to donate at the Blood Center, located at 750 Wellington Ave. in the Advanced Medicine Pavilion. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The St. Mary’s Bloodmobile is another way to donate blood at various sites around town. Call 298-2555 for information about the Bloodmobile or the Regional Blood Center.

Pap smears encouraged this month


In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, Women’s Wellness Connection would like to remind women to schedule a pap test to screen for cervical cancer and other conditions.

Women’s Wellness Connection provides breast and cervical cancer screenings such as pap tests and mammograms to women in Colorado age 40 to 64 who have little or no health insurance and meet income requirements. The organization has a hotline number, 1-866-951-9355, that women can call to get answers and information about the program and cervical and breast health. Call 970-356-5059 or go to for information.

Providers affiliated with Women’s Wellness Connection that provide pap tests include Marillac Clinic, Mesa County Health Department, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, Grand River Hospital District sites, Mountain Family Health Center, and Delta County Health and Human Services. Pap tests are covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Local trooper to hold Olympic torch


Local Colorado State Patrol Trooper Christopher L. Wright, deputy state director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics, has been selected to represent Colorado as an Olympic torch runner at the 2013 World Winter Games of the Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Ten teams of law enforcement officers will participate in the run between Jan. 23 and 29. Wright’s team will cover 20 cities and include members from the United State, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Greece and New South Wales.

Wright will participate in a Polar Plunge fundraiser while in South Korea to benefit the Special Olympics in South Korea and Colorado’s Special Olympics program.

Free flu shots available for vets


Veterans can get free flu shots at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m. each week day during flu season.

Flu shots are available at the VA Medical Center’s satellite clinics at these times: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Montrose satellite, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Glenwood Springs satellite, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Craig at the TeleHealth Clinic. For shots at the Moab VA satellite clinic, call 435-719-4144.

GJ doctor in College of Surgeons


Dr. Douglas Rosendale, a surgeon at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was among 1,377 surgeons who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons in September at the college’s 2012 annual Clinical Congress in Chicago.

Rosendale had to meet stringent membership requirements to become a fellow. Those requirements include graduating from an approved medical school, completing advanced training in one of 14 surgical specialties recognized by the college, earning certification from an American surgical speciality board, practicing in the same area for at least one year at the time of application for fellowship, and demonstrating ethical fitness and professional proficiency.

Comfort Keepers ranked in magazine


Comfort Keepers, a national home care company with locations in Grand Junction and Montrose, ranked 59th in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 rankings for 2013.

Comfort Keepers also ranked first among 39 franchise businesses in the senior care category in Entrepreneur Magazine. The magazine ranks franchises based on financial and statistical data and survey responses from franchisees.

Delta therapist publishes book


Bob Lang, owner of Family Treatment Centers in Delta, wrote a recently-published book, “Becoming A Better Parent.” Lang, an author and therapist, focuses on parenting and child-parent relationships in the book.


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