Health Briefs, Nov. 19, 2013

Psych’d on Main opens to clients

Anne Kathryn Ryan is now accepting clients at Psych’d on Main, 951 Main St.

Ryan completed her master’s degree in psychology in 1993 and earned her license as a professional counselor after two years of clinical supervision. She also completed training for two significant evidence-based practices. These include the treatment of borderline personality disorders using dialectical behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington. DBT is a solution-focused program that teaches clients skills to cope in the here and now, rather than living in the past and causing more suffering. Clients who have borderline personality disorders suffer emotional disregulation and tend to feel suicidal and may turn to hurting themselves to release highly distressful emotions.

The Seeking Safety program, developed by Lisa M. Najavits, focuses on clients with post-traumatic stress disorder and self-harming behaviors that may include substance abuse, cutting, bingeing and/or purging.

Ryan also specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders with a focus on individuals who have self-harming tendencies.

Family Health West ranked highly


Family Health West Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a HealthStrong Award winner for Excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

iVantage Health announced the latest HealthStrong Award winners at the October meeting of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health in Asheville, N.C.

The Hospital Strength Index ranks more than 4,400 U.S. acute care hospitals. It is based on eight performance categories measuring 56 different performance metrics. The index offers hospital executives, trustees and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance internally and among their peers.

Family Health West is an expanding, nonprofit, healthcare organization in Fruita that provides a hospital with a wide variety of services.

Donate to HopeWest online Dec. 10


HopeWest is participating in the fourth-annual Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 10 beginning at midnight and continuing for a full 24 hours.

To schedule a donation for HopeWest Hospice and Palliative Care Center, go to

Generous donations made the following HopeWest services possible in 2012:

■ 1,715 hospice patients were cared for in 2012.

■ 541 Transitions patients received nursing visits and consults.

■ More than 1,400 adults received bereavement services, including mailings, calls, groups and individual counseling.

■ 704 children and teens received grief support.

■ 125 patients and families received more than $750,000 in non-reimbursed care.

■ 350 individuals received support through community grief groups.

■ 1,327 active volunteers provided 71,000 hours of services throughout the organization.

Community First Foundation created Colorado Gives Day to increase philanthropy in the state through online giving. On Dec. 10, all credit card processing fees will be covered by the foundation and sponsors. This means 100 percent of every donation goes directly to the chosen organization.


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