Health Briefs, May 25, 2014

Reporting elder abuse to be mandatory

As of July 1 of this year, reporting elder abuse will be required by Colorado state law. Before July, Coloradans will need to know who is a mandatory reporter and how to report suspected abuse, Mesa County officials said.

Mesa County Department of Human Services is offering training on mandatory reporting of at-risk elder abuse, neglect and exploitation on from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room 1060 in the Department of Human Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road.

The free training will answer questions and provide information about mandatory reporting, who is required to report, what situations must be reported and to whom. This training will be provided at no cost to medical personnel, long-term care personnel, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement, court-appointed guardians and conservators, fire protection personnel, pharmacists, dentists, bank personnel, home health providers and many other professionals with a new duty to report.

Call 244-8400 for more information.

Delta names trauma nurse coordinator


Registered nurse Peg Parmenter is the new Trauma Nurse Coordinator for the emergency department at Delta County Memorial Hospital, the department announced recently.

Parmenter has been working in emergency medicine since 1985 — some 29 years locally in Delta starting with Delta County Ambulance Service as an EMT. She worked her way from EMT basic, to EMT intermediate, then paramedic. 

Later she attended Delta Montrose Technical College for her Licensed Practical Nurse certification and attended Trinidad State College satellite campus to become a registered nurse in 2002.

Parmenter’s responsibilities as Trauma Nurse Coordinator include analyzing patient continuity of care in trauma cases from triage in the ER, through other hospital departments such as the lab for blood work and radiology for imaging studies, care by physicians and clinical staff. 

She will be compiling information and data on the standard of care for trauma patients that is reported at the state level to meet established criteria for a Level IV Trauma Center. 

She also will be working closely with the local ambulance service in community outreach projects emphasizing trauma prevention such as bicycle helmet donations and talks in area schools.

Knickel joins regional MS board


Carin Knickel, director of Rosetta Resources, Inc., has joined the board of trustees of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The chapter has six offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction in Colorado, and in Cheyenne and Casper in Wyoming, to serve more than 100,000 people affected by MS in the two-state region.

Local team races against cancer


A dedicated team from Grand Junction made the trek to Denver for the last five years to run a race in honor of Susan Messenger, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2010. The team is headed by Tom Messenger of Grand Junction and already has 16 members signed up to participate in this year’s event.

June 7 marks the fifth anniversary of Jodi’s Race for Awareness, which is the largest race in the state to support women with ovarian cancer and their families.

All the funds raised from Jodi’s Race support the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which supports women with ovarian cancer across the state. 

The race was the vision of a young mother, Jodi Brammeier, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. It takes place at Denver’s City Park. The race now attracts more than 2,500 runners/walkers annually and has raised more than $550,000.


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