Health Briefs, March 12, 2013

Blood drive to benefit Kids Aid

The Mesa County Medical Alliance will donate up to $800 to the Kids Aid Backpack Program for each person who donates blood during a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave.

Anyone 18 or older who weighs at least 112 pounds, is in generally good health and has not given blood within the last eight weeks can donate blood. Thursday’s blood drive is being hosted in honor of Doctor’s Day and to recognize all medical professionals in Mesa County.

Kids Aid is a nonprofit organization that supplies food for hungry kids to take home with them over the weekend, when they can’t eat school meals.

Hospice worker gets rare certification


Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado Volunteer Services Program Manager Janette McClaskey recently received certification in volunteer administration from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

Approximately 1,200 people have earned the certification, according to a press release from Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. The credential is the only one in volunteer administration that is recognized internationally.

McClaskey had to perform an extensive self-evaluation; prepare a performance-based portfolio; demonstrate knowledge in the categories of leadership, human resources and organizational management, accountability, and advocacy; and pledge to adhere to a professional code of ethics in order to earn certification.

St. Mary’s physician of the year named


Dr. Jeffrey Nakano of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates has been named the 2013 St. Mary’s Hospital Physician of the Year.

Nakano will receive the award at the “A Night of Heroes” gala on Sept. 28 in Grand Junction.

One physician per year receives the award based on dedication to medicine and overall regard for patient health and safety. Nakano has donated knee and hip replacement services to patients as part of Operation Walk USA and has worked with patients at St. Mary’s for more than 30 years.

Event to focus on facial anti-aging


Le Med Spa, 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 205, Wellington Building No. 4, will host a Sculptra Aesthetic Clinical Event Thursday at the center’s office.

The event will focus on Sculptra Aesthetic, a facial injectable that replaces lost collagen and reduces signs of aging gradually. The average Scupltra process involves three injection sessions over a few months and the effects can last more than two years.

Appointments for the event are available by calling 256-7546. Guests will receive a complimentary private consultation with a dermatologist and special pricing will be offered during the event.

Glenwood expo to take place April 27


The Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs.

The nonprofit community event will feature free seminars and a variety of health and wellness exhibitors. Visit for more information and for a list of exhibitors and seminars.

Telluride to host new festival


Telluride is starting a new festival Sept. 19-22, Ultimate Health and Wellness Festival: Telluride WOW, which stands for work-out weekend.

The event will features fitness classes; lectures from athletes; presentations about health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and medical trends; and opportunities for group hiking activities, mountain climbing, and road and mountain biking. Presenters will include P90X creator Tony Horton, fitness expert Jonathan Ross, and POUND founders Kirsten Potenza and Christina Peerenboom.

Various festival pass options are available. Visit for more information.


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