Health Briefs, July 16, 2013

Suicide prevention
session scheduled

Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., will sponsor a suicide prevention presentation at 6:30 p.m. today in the library’s community room.

Sonja M. Encke, psychiatric nurse practitioner and suicide prevention coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will share information about how to recognize when someone may be considering suicide and what to do about it.

The program is free and open to the public.


Marillac Clinic receives two grants for funding

The Colorado Health Foundation and the Caring for Colorado Foundation recently awarded grants to Marillac Clinic.

The Colorado Health Foundation awarded the clinic $251,364 each year for two years to help the clinic improve access and coordinated care for people with chronic diseases in a patient-centered clinic.

Caring for Colorado awarded the clinic $85,000 to help Marillac hire a new midlevel medical provider.


Le MedSpa makeover winner announced

Le MedSpa has picked a winner in the 2013 Body and Soul Makeover contest — Linda Reese of Grand Junction.

Reese will receive free services from Le MedSpa, Grand Dental, Eat Well-Be Well, Crossroads Fitness, Life Is Great coaching and Lifestyle Photography. She was selected from among numerous nominees to receive a full makeover over the next few months.


Multiple sclerosis chapter gets $20,000 for equipment

The Daniels Fund has awarded $20,000 to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The society will use the grant funding to buy equipment, including wheelchairs and walking devices, to help people with multiple sclerosis in Colorado and Wyoming.


Diabetes education series starts July 23 at hospital

The next Living with Diabetes education series at St. Mary’s Hospital is planned from from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 23, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13 at the hospital.

The four-session series is for people of all ages with diabetes and teaches them self-care techniques and provides information about technology used to manage diabetes. This series is for Type II diabetics and their families.

A physician referral is required to participate in the education series. Call 298-2582 to schedule an appointment with a diabetes educator prior to the start of classes or for information.


Pediatric dentist offers care to Marillac patients

Marillac Clinic and Primary Care Partners have joined together to offer pediatric dental services.

Pediatric dentist Dr. Kate Hart is seeing uninsured, Medicaid, CHP+ and Delta Dental patients at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates offices at 3150 N. 12th St. through the partnership. Appointments for Marillac patients are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Call Marillac Dental Clinic at 298-6320 for information or to schedule an appointment.


Delta County Memorial Hospital promotes nurse

Registered nurse Janel Jesser recently was promoted to critical care coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Jesser will manage the hospital’s intensive care unit along with the hospital’s chief clinical officer and emergency department and trauma manager. She also will work as the hospital’s trauma nurse coordinator.


O’Hara joins state health benefit exchange board

Sharon O’Hara, executive vice president of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange.

The board meets monthly to discuss and vote on issues related to the establishment and operation of the exchange, which is a marketplace for insurance designed to comply with the Affordable Care Act. O’Hara is one of nine voting members of the board.


Grand Junction dentist earns fellowship status

Dr. John P. Poovey of Grand Junction has earned fellowship status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Fellowship status is given to dental professionals offering implant treatments who demonstrate achievements in education, research and clinical experience. Visit for information.


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