Health Briefs, Oct. 30, 2012

Hearing meeting to focus on lip reading

The next monthly meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

November’s meeting will feature interactive lip-reading instruction led by Chapter Leaders Amy Becktell and Robin Taber. The free meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments and captioning will be offered.

For more information, contact Becktell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 241-2592.

Spa wants to ‘Sock it to your wrinkles’


Beginning Nov. 12, members of the public can donate clean, unused socks for women and children at Le MedSpa, 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 205, during the “Sock It To Your Wrinkles” sock drive.

Le MedSpa will deduct $30 from the cost of skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction procedures for every three pairs of socks a client donates during the drive, up to $60. The socks will be donated to Hilltop’s Latimer House for its clients to wear. The spa will provide soaps, lotions and skin care products to Latimer House as well.

The drive and the discount offer will last through the end of the year.

GJ volunteers honored by MS Society


The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored two Grand Junction volunteers at the chapter’s annual meeting Oct. 20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction.

Betty Buck of Grand Junction was named the chapter’s Western Slope Volunteer of the Year and Hilary Kennedy, also of Grand Junction, was named the Events Volunteer of the Year. Kennedy helped coordinate Walk MS Grand Junction and Buck has worked on Walk MS Grand Junction, Aspen’s MS on the Move luncheon, MS Medical Clinic and other events.

Also at the event, Paulette Wheeler of Glenwood Springs was named Rookie Volunteer of the Year, Delilah Mott of Cortez was named Programs Volunteer of the Year, and Trevor Nelson of Powell, Wyo. was named the chapter’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year.

GJ surgeon accredited by joint panel


Dr. William D. Merkel of Plastic Surgery Specialists, PC, 2525 N. Eight St., Suite 203, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

The gold seal is awarded as part of Joint Commission accreditation and is given to surgical centers that meet national health care quality and safety standards for office-based surgery. Plastic Surgery Specialists, PC, has been accredited by the commission since 2006.

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits ambulatory health care, behavioral health care, home care, laboratory services, long-term care and office-based surgery organizations, plus traditional hospitals and critical access hospitals.


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