Health Briefs, May 15, 2012

Pediatrics group opening Fruita office

Western Colorado Pediatric Associates will expand its practice to include a Fruita location this summer.

The new office will be located at 455 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit C. The office’s phone number will be 243-5437. An open date has not been announced.

Wester Colorado Pediatric Associates’ office in the Primary Care Partners building at 3150 N. 12th St. will remain open. Check for updates on the expansion.

Free skin cancer screening available


Free skin cancer screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center, 750 Wellington Ave.

A board-certified dermatologist will perform a visual check on a specific area of concern during the screening, not a full-body exam. The screening will follow American Academy of Dermatology guidelines.

An appointment for a screening is required and can be made by calling 298-2351.

Allergy talk tonight at Redstone Plaza


Dr. Randy Roman will present an allergy health talk at 6:30 tonight at Roman Family Chiropractic, 2584 Patterson Road, Suite D, in Redstone Plaza.

The talk will focus on natural remedies for allergy symptoms. The talk is free.

Call 243-8896 to reserve a seat or for information.

Veterans, spouses invited to sessions


Veterans and their surviving spouses are invited to free seminars next week that will discuss how they can receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help pay for long-term care.

The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at The Homestead at Montrose, 1819 Pavilion Drive in Montrose. Another Montrose session will take place at 10 a.m. May 23 at Sunrise Creek Senior Living, 1968 Sunrise Drive.

Grand Junction sessions will take place at 3 p.m. May 22 at The Retreat at Harbor Cove, 2835 Patterson Road, and 6 p.m. May 22 at Grand Villa Assisted Living, 1501 Patterson Road. A final session will take place at 3 p.m. May 24 at The Retreat at Palisade, 3780 Heritage Lane in Palisade.

Montrose County gets grant for kids


Montrose County Health & Human Services will use a $15,000 award from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation to fund the county’s Kids Thrive! program.

Kids Thrive! has registered nurses visit families at their homes once or twice a month to offer free support and education about children’s health, development and behavior. The nurses also connect parents to community resources if needed.

The service is for any family in Montrose County. Call 252-5000 for information.

Oxygen therapy presentation next week


Gaither Bynum, medical director of St. Mary’s Hyperbaric Medicine Services, will present a community education talk about hyperbaric chambers at 5 p.m. May 24.

Bynum will discuss how oxygen therapy aids in wound-healing for people with infections, diabetes and other complex, non-healing wounds. The talk will take place at Java City Cafe in St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., through Entrance 26.

The talk is open to the public and no reservation is required. Call 298-1995 for information.

GJ doctor appointed to state council


Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed five new members to the Colorado Health Services Corps Advisory Council last week, including Dr. Andrea Lynn Nederveld of Grand Junction.

The advisory council oversees a loan repayment program that helps repay education loans for health professionals using federal, state, local and private funds. Professionals who benefit from the program agree to work in under-served Colorado communities.

Nederveld’s term will expire Nov. 23, 2013.Health Plans has blog, Facebook page


Rocky Mountain Health Plans has launched a blog at and a community Facebook page titled Colorado Grand Valley.

The blog focuses on health care reform, health and wellness information, and RMHP’s involvement in the community. The Facebook page is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Health Plans and will be a resource page for people who live on the Western Slope or are visiting the area. The page will list local events and deals.


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