Health Briefs, Aug. 16, 2011

Give blood, get ice cream

St. Mary’s Hospital will give a pint of ice cream to every person who donates a pint of blood in August.

The “Pint for a Pint” blood drive is an annual event at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave. Anyone wishing to donate blood to the center can do so between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 7 a.m. and noon on Saturdays.

Blood Drive organizer Jill Breman said drives are necessary to keep donations coming in on a regular basis.

“Blood is only viable for 42 days, so there is always a need to maintain a safe supply on our shelves so that it is there when needed,” Breman said in a news release.

GJ dentist becomes partner

After three years working at Colorado West Endodontics, 1190 Bookcliff Ave., Suite 204, Eric Barnhurst will join Paul Northup and Robert Chavez as a partner in the practice.

Barnhurst is a member of the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association. He completed an endodontics residency program at Temple University in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry after earning his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University.

“He’s a great fit for the practice,” Northup said.

Colorado West Endodontics specializes in root-canal therapy and root-canal surgery. The practice also has a Montrose location at 1544 Oxbow Drive, Suite 250.

Two Hospice volunteer sessions planned

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host two information sessions this month for people interested in becoming hospice volunteers, starting with a session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 101 of the Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St.

The second session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in the same room. To reserve a space in either session, call Diane Dickey, director of volunteer services, at 257-2378 or e-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hospice is seeking volunteers who can support patients and their families, bake cakes, offer pet therapy or certified massage therapy, or volunteer in the Heirlooms for Hospice resale shop at 635 Main St.

Learn about weight-loss surgery

St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center staff and a surgeon who specializes in weight-loss procedures will present a free education session on weight-loss surgery Aug. 23.

The session will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 2635 N. Seventh St., in the Saccomanno Education Center on the hospital’s fifth floor in Room 2.

The session is for anyone who is considering a weight-loss procedure, including gastric bypass, gastric band, or sleeve gastrectomy, or a friend or relative of someone considering weight-loss surgery. Presenters will discuss how each procedure works, who can get one and what support St. Mary’s offers patients after they have surgery. Call 298-6400 to register.

Hilltop gets $7,500 matching grant

The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado will match every dollar Hilltop Community Resources fundraises between June 20, 2011, and June 19, 2012, up to $7,500.

The matching grant will double donations made to, Hilltop’s website, which includes a “Donate Now” button. People also can make donations that will be matched through the grant by calling Hilltop Development Director Barbara Mahoney at 263-2127.

Hilltop offers a variety of social-service programs for babies, children, teens, adults and seniors in Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.


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