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Rehab Row

By Charles Ashby

Sometime next year, the Grand Valley will have not one, but two new surgical rehabilitation centers. Funny thing is, though, both of those skilled-
nursing centers are being constructed not far from each other. Both are being built on Patterson Road, one near the intersection at First Street, and the other a few blocks to the west near 25½ Road on the same side of the street. Both are being built by developers that specialize in health care buildings, with one owned by a ...


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GYM: Workout, Part 1

By Staff

Workout — Part 1 After 3–5 minutes of a warm-up activity — marching, light jogging in place, arm circles — complete the following exercises. We’ll continue this workout next week. Complete two rounds of these exercises in the order given: ■ Swiss Ball Lateral Raise — 15 per side. ■ Side Plank Lateral Leg Raise — 12 per side. ■ Hip Dips — 20 per side. Swiss Ball Lateral Raise With both feet anchored against a wall ...


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Blood lines

By Charles Ashby

There’s always a need for more blood. The only place that collects blood for all the hospitals and medical facilities in the Grand Valley has a pretty good supply for now, but that could change tomorrow, or the next day, or the next. “We’ve had a high outpouring of support over the last few days as people have seen the high need messaging we’ve had out to the community,” said Danielle Martin, donor recruiter for St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 ...


Health and Wellness briefs: July 19, 2016

By Staff

Earlier bedtime for kids may fight weight gain Preschool children who are in bed by 
8 p.m. are far less likely to be obese during adolescence than children who stay up late, a study has found. Their risk of teenage obesity is half the risk faced by preschoolers who stay up past 9 p.m. The research analyzed data gathered on nearly 1,000 children born in 1991 whose bedtimes were recorded when they were 
4½, and whose height and weight were recorded at age 15. The ...


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G.Y.M. Offset Balance Shoulder Abduction

By Staff

Offset Balance Shoulder Abduction Part 1 — Start in a standing position with your feet together and your arms at your sides, a relatively light weight in your right hand. Raise your right arm to a horizontal position. If a line were drawn straight down the center of your body that line should not bend or shift while doing this exercise. Lower your arm to your side. Repeat this exercise slowly eight times on each side remembering to focus on keeping your core engaged while ...


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Deciding the future now

By Charles Ashby

HopeWest is hoping to find new ways to get patients and their families to plan ahead for their health care needs. Through a $300,000 grant the hospice and palliative care nonprofit group received last week, Hope-
West hopes to help up to 4,000 people in the Grand Valley to do just that over the next two years. The money, given to HopeWest by the Colorado Health Foundation, is to create a comprehensive advanced care planning initiative. “At the heart of this initiative is our ...


Health and Wellness briefs: July 12, 2016

By Staff

Cardiologist will teach cooking class at St. Mary’s Join cardiologist Dr. Maria Anderson for a six-week plant-based nutrition and cooking course to treat chronic illness with healthy food. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from July 26 through Aug. 30 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, 12th Floor. Classes include nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples and a trip to the grocery store to learn label reading and healthy shopping. Fee is $89 ...


Grief could strike more than your emotional heart

By April Schulte-Barclay

Do you have a nagging cough that will not go away no matter what you try? Are you experiencing frequent colds and other infections more than you used to? Is your skin acting up in unusual ways that the doctors cannot explain? The potential cause of your symptoms may surprise you. The cause may be unresolved grief. Perhaps you have experienced a profound sense of loss, such as the loss of a loved one, that leaves your heart and soul wandering in a daze and questioning everything in your ...


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Sponsored Content: Surgeon breaks stereotypes by repairing hearts

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A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Dr. Sara Pereira was hooked when she first saw a human heart restart and begin pumping blood anew at the end of a cardiac surgery. Pereira had planned to go into pediatrics, but assisting in an open-heart surgery as a medical student, and seeing a repaired heart come back to life, changed her course. She went through the grueling ...


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GYM: Improve your strokes

By Staff

IMPROVE YOUR STROKES These exercises can be helpful for improving your swim as well as maintaining overall fitness. Full engage plank intervals — Being able to effectively anchor the core for the working muscles to effectively anchor and work from is critical for a streamlined stroke. Start in a prone position with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Bring your feet together and tuck your toes in toward your knees. Press into your elbows to engage the upper core. ...


Mammograhy in 3D: Valley hospitals switch to machines of future

By Charles Ashby

These aren’t your grandmother’s mammography machines. Thanks to digital technology and the advent of faster computers, the new norm when it comes to these machines that are used to detect breast cancer is three dimensional. That is to say, 3D mammography has improved doctors’ and diagnosticians’ ability to detect breast cancer, said Dr. Roy Erb, a radiologist at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. Thanks to a grant from the El Pomar Foundation with help from ...


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GYM: Resistance Band Lateral Step

By Staff

Resistance Band Lateral Step Start with a resistance band stretched under the arch of each foot with your feet close together. This requires that you stretch the bands to initiate the exercise. Your hands should be palms up and thumbs out with your shoulders down and back. As you step to one side maintain a vertical body position. The tendency is to lean away from the direction of the step, which is not the most effective activation for balance and stability training. Step to one ...


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Community Hospital seeks to learn lessons at ‘Value U’

By Charles Ashby

There was a time, not long ago, when hospitals and health care providers wouldn’t share information about their best practices. Those days are going away. And with the mindset of keeping such proprietary attitudes at bay, Community Hospital has teamed up with University of Utah Health Care to bring more transparency to how health care providers do business, to help lower medical costs, and to learn ways to be more efficient. It’s called Value University. In it, Community ...


State makes gains in children’s well-being

By Charles Ashby

The state continues to see improvement when it comes to the economic well-being and health of its children, according to a national study examining that issue. In the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Anne E. Casey Foundation, Colorado moved up one spot over last year to 20th in the nation when it comes to how children are treated in the state. The state’s ranking likely would be even better in all four of the survey’s categories: economic well-being, ...


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What matters most to you?

By Charles Ashby

Some folks down at HopeWest want to talk about death. Or more accurately, they want to spark a discussion about “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” The hospice and palliative care organization means that in two ways: One, it would be helpful for medical professionals, particularly those who deal with patients with chronic illnesses or end-of-life decisions, to have a greater understanding of what they are going through to better treat them. And two, ...


Health Briefs: June 14, 2016

By Staff

NextFifty Initiative seeks CEO, 4 board members NextFifty Initiative, formerly known as the InnovAge Foundation, is actively seeking its first chief executive officer and four additional qualified board members to serve the aging population in Colorado. NextFifty Initiative is a new Colorado grant-making foundation dedicated to funding mission-driven initiatives that improve community services for the elderly population and caregivers. Grant making will begin sometime in ...


Food, by its nature and flavor, often the best medicine

By April Schulte-Barclay

As you read this, you may be hearing the cookie jar calling your name from across the room. Or that bag of potato chips may already be in your lap with oily salt gracing your lips and chin. Did you know your body instinctively knows what it needs? Granted, it is likely not cookies or potato chips. However, it most certainly could be that your body needs you to ingest foods which are sweet or salty in nature. That is because all flavors in food can cure what ails you. Most of us think of ...


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Sponsored Content: No One Dies Alone

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A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Life happens every day at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Babies are born. Bodies are mended. Lives are saved. Death is also a given at any hospital. And at St. Mary’s, a volunteer program has been in place for seven years to offer comfort when an end is inevitable. The special service is called “sitting.” In the ...


Health and Wellness briefs: June 6, 2016

By Staff

HopeWest receives perfect results on survey HopeWest received perfect results for the second-consecutive time on an unannounced, onsite survey of hospice organizations conducted every three years by the Health Facilities Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It is not unusual for a hospice to receive deficiencies from a survey, and this shows the tremendous effort on the part of all staff to provide excellent care in the framework of the necessary ...


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Four generations of family enter race for a second time

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

eggy Ballard vividly remembers the joyous feeling of accomplishment she experienced when she finished the Bolder Boulder 10K race in 1997. She was jubilant as she walked into the Folsom Field stadium on the University of Colorado campus with her 75-year-old mother, Winnie Krantwashl, and other family members. Thousands cheered for their success as they stepped across the finish line. “It was just such a fun experience,” she recalls. That year, four generations of her ...


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