Health Briefs, Nov. 6, 2012

Weight loss topic of upcoming classes

Anyone considering weight loss surgery and their friends and family members are invited to attend a free education session from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Grand Mesa Room at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road, through Entrance 40.

St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center staff and a trained weight loss surgeon will discuss gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy weight loss procedures. Staff will discuss how each procedure works, who qualifies for each type of procedure and how St. Mary’s supports patients after surgery.

To register, call 298-6400.

Dentists host annual free dental day


Three Grand Valley dentists will host the third annual Free Dental Day this Friday for people who are unable to afford dental care.

The offices of Dr. Julie Gillis, Dr. Kenneth Perino and Dr. Duane Weenig will offer oral cancer screenings, X-rays, cleanings, fillings and extractions during Free Dental Day. Potential patients were screened Monday at Dr. Weenig’s office or will be screened beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday at Dr. Gillis’ office, 1190 Bookcliff Ave., Unit 201. Each patient will be offered one or two services and the event is first-come, first-served. Each patient will be given a specific appointment time and location for treatment Friday.

For information, contact Dr. Gillis’ office at 242-3635 or visit, contact Dr. Perino’s office at 241-2820 or visit, or contact Dr. Weenig’s office at 243-9640 or visit

Joint pain seminar scheduled Monday


A free joint pain seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Monday in the Saccomanno Education Center at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The fifth-floor education center can be reached through the hospital’s parking garage. The seminar will discuss causes and treatments for hip, knee and shoulder pain and offer information about medications, nutrition and exercise.

Call 298-2380 to register and for information.

Sleep apnea session will be at Hospice


A free lecture about sleep apnea will take place from 5:30 to 
6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Conference Room 101 on the lower level of Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St.

St. Mary’s Lung Center nurse JoAnn Piburn will speak about the symptoms, causes, cures and treatment options for sleep apnea. The sleep condition involves pauses in breathing during sleep and can be linked to snoring, daytime fatigue and high blood pressure.

The event is hosted by Preferred Homecare. Information is available at 257-1565.

‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer’ Nov. 13


St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center will host “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Java City Cafe through Entrance 26 on the first floor of St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave.

The free event will recognize people who died of lung cancer and offer information about treatments, death rates and frequency of diagnosis for lung cancer. Medical Oncologist Dr. Mark Hancock will lead the discussion, and a lung cancer survivor will share her experience.

Information about smoking cessation classes also will be available at the event. Call 298-2351 for information.

Restaurant opens early to help seniors


Zoup! Fresh Soup Co. at 644 North Ave. will host a pre-opening event from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 as a fundraiser for Hilltop’s Senior Daybreak program.

The restaurant serves soup, bread, salads, sandwiches and beverages and will fully open on Nov. 15. At the Nov. 14 event, people who make a $5 donation will get a bowl of soup, bread and a fountain drink. All proceeds will benefit Senior Daybreak, which is a daycare program for seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Food safety class reset in Montrose


Montrose County Environmental Health Office’s November food safety class for food service workers has been rescheduled from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27 due to building maintenance.

The class will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Montrose County Health & Human Services building, 1845 S. Townsend Ave. Pre-registration is required and available by calling 252-5000. The class costs $10 and a photo ID is required. People who successfully complete the class will receive food handler cards.

The Nov. 27 class will be the last of 2012. A schedule for 2013 has yet to be released.


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