Health Briefs, Jan. 10, 2012

Nursing Homes get satisfaction awards

The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, San Juan Living Center in Montrose and Paonia Care & Rehab Center in Paonia are among the nine Colorado long-term care facilities who earned a national 2010–11 Excellence in Action award.

Residents and their families and care-center employees took a survey administered by independent research firm My InnerView. The same survey was administered in 5,500 U.S. care facilities. The nursing homes with the highest satisfaction scores in the top 10 percent earned the Excellence in Action award.

The home in Rifle earned the award for customer satisfaction, the center in Paonia earned the award for workforce satisfaction, and the center in Montrose earned the award for customer and workforce satisfaction.

Spinal surgery presentations scheduled

Local neurosurgeon Dr. Larry Tice will offer two free presentations this week about spinal surgery options.

The first presentation will take place at 6 tonight and the second will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. Both presentations will happen at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

The presentations are part of the Family Health West and Fruita Community Center’s Winter Speaker Series. The series will continue in February with presentations about rehabilitation therapy with weight training. For more information, call Family Health West at 858-2104 or the Fruita Community Center at 858-0360.

Kiwanis wants 75 pints of blood

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction will launch a blood drive at its noon meeting Thursday.

The Bloodmobile from St. Mary’s Hospital will be in the Two Rivers Convention Center parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. The club has a goal of 75 pints of donated blood, a figure picked to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the club.

People who donate blood at the St. Mary’s blood bank can choose to have their donation go toward Kiwanis’ goal. The drive will last throughout 2012.

Sleep apnea and stroke class Monday

A free class on the relationship between strokes and obstructive sleep apnea will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St. in Conference Room 101 on the center’s lower level.

Registered Nurse Kelly Arnold, stroke coordinator for St. Mary’s Hospital, will speak at the seminar. Preferred Homecare will host the event.

For more information, call 257-1565.

Diabetes classes at Community Hospital

Community Hospital hosts diabetes-education classes every month and will have classes from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday in January.

The classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and are offered in a series of four two-hour classes. An initial assessment is taken at the beginning of the set of classes. A physician’s order is required to attend.

Call 256-6378 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

January is National Radon Action Month

The Mesa County Health Department urges county residents to test their homes for radon during National Radon Action Month, going on now.

Winter is a good time to test for radon because windows are generally shut. Test kits can be purchased for $5 from the Health Department. The cost includes test analysis and shipping. Call 248-6960 for more information or visit

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is a naturally occurring gas that people cannot taste, smell or see. It can reach harmful levels indoors and causes an estimated 20,000 deaths each year.


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