Health Briefs: Nov. 15, 2011

Three new physicians join Hospice

Three physicians have joined Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado: Dr. Paul Cooper, Dr. Heidi Marlin and Dr. Julie Query.

Cooper is a Harvard Medical School graduate who completed his family medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital and worked at Community Hospital and Western Valley Family Practice before joining the Grand Valley Hospice team.

Marlin and Query will work with the Delta County Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado group in addition to jobs they currently have at other facilities. Marlin graduated from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine and works for North Fork Medical Clinic. Query graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and will continue to work as an emergency room physician at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Memory screenings today at bank

Grand Junction home health care provider Comfort Keepers will offer memory screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the downtown Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St.

The screenings coincide with National Memory Screening Day, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

The screenings are confidential, take about five to 10 minutes each, and require those taking them to answer a series of questions and perform certain tasks. Anyone with a below-normal score will be advised to take a full medical exam.

VA entrance blocked through Dec. 2

The main lobby entrance at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be blocked through Dec. 2, beginning this week. The entrance will not be accessible during this time because a new extension to the hospital is being completed.

Signs will direct walk-in emergency-room patients and others to alternate entrances. Walk-in emergency-room patients are encouraged to call 263-2800 before arriving at the medical center.

Drive-through vaccinations Saturday

The Mesa County Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road will host a drive-through flu-vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The clinic is designed for people who want to get their annual flu vaccination while remaining in their car because it is difficult for them to stand or walk for long periods of time, but anyone can attend. For more information, visit or call 248-6989.

Flu shots are $15, and nasal-mist vaccine is $20. The Health Department can bill Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Humana, Medicare Part B, Railroad Medicare, Medicaid and CNIC for the vaccination.


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