Health Briefs, Jan. 5, 2010

Family grief support group beginning

Forget-Me-Not, a family grief support group, is open to children ages 5–18 and their family members.

It will be from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Thursday nights starting Jan. 14 and going through March 4.

The group will meet at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 B N. 12th St.

Through the use of games, arts and crafts projects, and music, Forget-Me-Not offers education and support regarding the death of a loved one. Forget-Me-Not is a free community service offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

Registration is required. Registration will close after the second session on Jan. 21. To register, please call the Child and Teen Center at 245-5377.

Group supports those grieving babies

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month.

The group, sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital, is intended for those who are grieving the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child.

The group meets from 7–9 p.m. in the Reflection Room at the Advanced Medicine Pavillion, 750 Wellington Ave., entrance 26. The next meeting is Jan. 20.

For information, call Gara Ross at 298-2200.

Local physician to lead national group

Dr. Amy Mohler, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, was recently appointed chairwoman of the National Hospice Work Group’s Physician Group.

The work group is a national collaboration of nonprofit hospice organizations that provide comprehensive hospice care to all who need it nationally. Mohler is one of about 25 physicians in the group.

This year, the group will focus on hospice and palliative care research, electronic medical records, developing best clinical practice guidelines and collecting quality data on hospice and palliative care.

Mohler has been with Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado since 2002. She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Chicago. She is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine.


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