Health Briefs, Jan. 28, 2014

Free hearing aids offered

A local audiologist is giving the gift of better hearing.

Dr. Jennifer Bebee of Western Colorado Hearing Clinic has teamed up with Starkey, a national hearing devices company, in order to help five local people who are financially unable to purchase digital hearing aids on their own. 

“Everybody deserves to hear at the best level possible. I don’t believe anyone should be turned away for their hearing needs because of their financial situation,” Bebee said in a news release.

Western Colorado Hearing Clinic recently launched the Gift of Better Hearing Program in an effort to help people “Hear for the New Year.” Applications for the Gift of Hearing Program can be picked up at Western Colorado Hearing Clinic, located at 2139 N. 12th St., Unit 4, in Grand Junction. 

In exchange for an application, Bebee is asking people to donate a non-perishable food item. The food collected during the program will be donated to a local food bank.

“I want to help our community, whether it’s to help them achieve better hearing or by helping to put food on their table. This program is a win-win. I just want to help make someone’s life more enjoyable,” Bebee said.

All applications must be completed and returned to Western Colorado Hearing Clinic on or before Feb. 28 to be eligible for consideration.

Mind Springs adds pharmacies


Mind Springs Health will be adding pharmacy services to seven of its current locations in Colorado. These new pharmacies will be located within Mind Springs Health offices in Aspen, Craig, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs and Vail.

“In our continual quest to improve services, the addition of a convenient and cost-effective option to fill prescriptions is yet another way we can provide an exceptional customer experience to our valued clients,” said Tish Starbuck, vice president of Mind Springs Health.

With the opening of the seven new pharmacies, Mind Springs Health will now offer the convenience of a one-stop behavioral health experience. In addition to cost-savings for clients, Mind Springs Health also will be able to provide on-site customized prescription data and analytics.

Mind Springs partnered with a national leader in behavioral medicine, QoL Meds, to operate the pharmacies. Through this partnership, clinical medical coordinators will be added to the staff of the clinics with pharmacies. The coordinators will be hired locally.

The Grand Junction pharmacy, located in the north lobby of the Mind Springs Health building, officially opened Jan. 6.  A formal grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 4. The new pharmacy also serves the adjoining West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City. All pharmacies will be operational by March.

Hearing-impaired can get emergency tips


Jim Pringle, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, will present information this week that will help the hearing impaired prepare for weather emergencies.

Pringle will present the information at a meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Grand Ave.

Pringle will discuss emergency preparedness with practical advice for everyone in the family.

Pringle has been with the Weather Service in various roles since 1978. As the warning coordination meteorologist, he is the primary liaison between the Weather Service office and the external emergency managers in the community.

The meeting will be captioned and looped thanks to a generous donation from William Haggerty, financial advisor for Primerica.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Amy Becktell at 241-2592.


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