Health Briefs, Sept. 25, 2012

Delta Memorial among 20 in Colorado recognized for breast feeding efforts

Delta Memorial Hospital is among 20 Colorado hospitals honored Sept. 18 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for implementing best practices to support breast feeding.

Hospitals that earn the Colorado Can Do 5! breast-feeding award have to implement five best practices: the baby stays in the same room as the mother in the hospital, the baby is fed only breast milk in the hospital, the baby does not use a pacifier in the hospital, the baby is breast-fed within an hour of birth and hospital staff give each mother a phone number to call for help with breast feeding after they leave the hospital.

The department honored 13 different hospitals in 2011. This year’s honorees bring the state’s total of hospitals with best practices for breast feeding support to 33.

‘Living with Diabetes’ series scheduled


St. Mary’s will offer an education series called “Living with Diabetes” beginning Oct. 2.

The series, based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Seven Self-Care Behaviors, teaches people with Type 2 diabetes self-care techniques and provides them with information about the latest technology for managing their condition. The four-week series will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first four Tuesdays of October. People with diabetes and their families are invited to attend.

Call 298-2582 for more information or to schedule an appointment with a diabetes educator before the series begins. A physician’s referral is required to attend “Living with Diabetes” sessions.

Session planned on weight loss surgery


Staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center and a trained weight loss surgeon will present free education sessions about weight loss surgery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Both sessions will take place at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road, in the Grand Mesa Room. Use Entrance 40 to find the room.

Call 298-6400 to register for the session, which will cover gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures provided at St. Mary’s. Attendees can learn how the procedures work, who qualifies and how St. Mary’s supports patients post-surgery.

Back pain seminar Oct. 25


Physical therapists from St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Services will offer a free seminar called “Back Pain and You” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road.

No reservations are needed and the session is open to everyone. The seminar will include information about the basics of spine anatomy, common causes of back pain, and options for treating back pain.

The seminar will take place in the Grand Mesa Room on the center’s second floor. Use Entrance 40 to find the room.

GJ woman appointed to hearing board


Amy Jo Becktell of Grand Junction will serve a term through July 1, 2016, on the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The commission serves as a liaison between Colorado’s deaf and hard of hearing community and state departments and agencies, legislators and the governor. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Becktell and four others to the commission. Their appointments will have to be confirmed by the Colorado Senate.


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