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GYM: Single-Leg Hip Bridge

By Staff

Single-Leg Hip Bridge Start in a supine position with your feet together and your knees bent so your feet are flat on the floor. Place one foot across your other knee. Press into the heel of your foot planted on the floor, bringing your hips toward the ceiling and trying to get your anchored hip fully extended. Hold for a slow count of three and release until your hips. Almost touch the floor, then repeat. Your hip on the side of the crossed foot will feel a stretch. It is ...


Health and Wellness briefs: Sept. 19, 2017

By Staff

Delta County Memorial designated Baby-Friendly Delta County Memorial Hospital recently received recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. “Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother–baby bonding,” said Chief Clinical Officer Jody Roeber in a press release. There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers ...


How stress affects cancer patients

By Joe Vaccarelli

St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of three Colorado hospitals taking part in a study to evaluate how underserved lung and head-and-neck cancer patients and their caregivers respond to specialized care to help them manage their stress and emotions. The hospital received a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant from the University of Colorado for a three-year mental health interventional trial. The other hospitals participating are St. Joseph Hospital and Denver Health. ...


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GYM: Hip Bridge/Swiss Ball 
Hip Bridge

By Staff

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Hip Bridge For the Hip Bridge, start in a supine position with your feet together and your knees bent so your feet are flat on the floor. Press into your heels bringing your hips toward the ceiling, trying get as fully extended as you can at your hips. Hold for a slow count of three, and release until your hips almost touch the floor, then repeat. You may get an additional stretch by pressing your hips to the ceiling with your hand under your hips. For ...


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New mill at in-office lab makes experience more pleasant for patients

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Story by Penny Stine for J.P. Dental Technology has changed the atmosphere in many dental offices, giving patients an experience that’s more comfortable and takes less time out of their lives. Some of the biggest advances in technology have come with the development of in-house lab equipment that’s now available in more advanced dental offices. An in-house lab that includes state-of-the-art milling equipment allows the dental office to make more bridges, crowns and other ...


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Cardiac clinic another option for GJ patients

By Joe Vaccarelli

Valley View Hospital made a move west earlier this year, opening up a cardiovascular clinic in Grand Junction, and staff is saying the patients have responded. The Glenwood Springs-based hospital opened the Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View, Grand Junction clinic about six months ago at 607 25 Road in an effort to give their regional patients a place to see a heart physician a little closer to home. “The primary purpose for establishing ourselves in that market is to ...


Keep Tasmanian devil away with ‘clean’ foods, herbs

By April Schulte-Barclay

Have you ever wondered why road rage sometimes escapes you while other times you turn into the Tasmanian devil? Or have you ever had the Tasmanian devil in your rear-view mirror giving you a very special hand signal while making angry eyes and crazy facial expressions?  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), feelings such as depression, irritability, frustration and anger, as well as Tasmanian devil-like behavior, have a common underlying causative factor called “Liver qi ...


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GYM: Calf Raise with Eccentric Drop

By Staff

Calf Raise with Eccentric Drop Crucial for Achilles tendon maintenance, the eccentric calf drop allows the calf muscles to resist a sudden pull, the most common mechanism of injury. It also supports tendon health. Start with the ball of one foot on the edge of a step or box. Press up as far as you are able then VERY SLOWLY lower back down allowing the calf muscles and Achilles to stretch. Repeat for 12 repetitions on each side, for starters. Based on how you feel two days after your ...


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St. Mary’s Heart and Vascular Health Center to offer groundbreaking heart help

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Sponsored content: By Nancy Lofholm for St. Mary’s Medical Center For St. Mary’s Medical Center O utside the St. Mary’s wing that houses the office of Dr. Leonard Lapkin, M.D., backhoes and loaders are beginning the messy scraping and digging work of adding on a new wing. In early 2019, the St. Mary’s Center for Heart and Vascular Health will open on this spot. Above the construction hubbub, Dr. Lapkin, a cardiac and thoracic surgeon, couldn’t be more ...


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New heartbeat at St. Mary’s

By Joe Vaccarelli

St. Mary’s Medical Center and its parent company officially broke ground Thursday on a new $48.5 million center for heart and vascular health that hospital officials say will allow patients to stay local and not have to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City for some procedures. The 46,316 square-foot building will include a hybrid operating room that allows for less invasive heart procedures, a catheter lab and a total upgrade of the cardiovascular medical area. Construction is ...


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GYM: Swiss Ball Leg Ups

By Staff

Swiss Ball Leg Ups Start on your back with your arms extended above your head and a Swiss ball between your feet. Raise the Swiss ball keeping your legs as straight as possible. This will be determined by your hamstring flexibility and core stability. As you raise the Swiss ball, simultaneously bring your arms up and touch the ball with your hands. Return to the layout position and repeat for 10–15 repetitions. Maintain a neutral spine especially focusing on the lumbar (lower ...


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More than Medicine: Cancer fighter uses variety of resources to build community at St. Mary’s

By Joe Vaccarelli

Joe Scheer first became familiar with the cancer services at St. Mary’s Medical Center when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He served as her primary caretaker until she died in 2013, but he was so impressed that he stayed on to volunteer. Throughout all this time, Scheer marveled at the help provided to his wife, Leigh, him, and hundreds of other patients by Debra Hesse, St. Mary’s cancer services resource manager. Even when he found out he had bladder cancer, ...


With your health, don’t separate mind from body

By April Schulte-Barclay

When you think of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, rage, bipolar disorder, addiction and other mental illnesses, do you think of them as mental disorders? If you do, you are not alone. Most patients and practitioners alike think of them as related to the brain.  I wholeheartedly think differently. Treating mental and emotional disorders within our medical reductionist view serves a giant disservice to the people suffering with such ailments, and it is another ...


Health and Wellness briefs: Aug. 15, 2017

By Staff

Concussion management meeting planned Aug. 26 Community Hospital will sponsor “The How and Why of Concussion Management Part 2: A Town Hall Meeting” for physicians, medical personnel, coaches, teachers, parents, students and others later this month. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Pre-register with Heather Gray at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; ...


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Dine in, carry out

By Joe Vaccarelli

Trent and Chelsea Blickenstaff had their first dinner as new parents Aug. 7. They figured they would just eat regular hospital food, but then they heard about one of the perks new parents get at both of the Grand Junction hospitals. Those who deliver babies at both St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital have their choice of a nice meal that can include salmon, a vegetarian dish or the most popular, a steak and shrimp surf and turf. “We didn’t even know about the ...


J.P. Dental & Implant Center welcomes new dentist

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Story: Penny Stine/For J.P. Dental & Implant Center J.P. Dental and Implant Center is excited to introduce a new dentist to the practice, Dr. Arielle Garfinkle, DMD, or Dr. Ari, as the staff likes to introduce her. Dr. Garfinkle comes to J.P. Dental after a year with Marillac Health, which she found through an innovative residency program at NYU that pairs dental residents with public health clinics. “I saw it as an opportunity for adventure,” said Garfinkle, who comes ...


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Listening to sweet, salty food cravings leads to balance

By April Schulte-Barclay

Most of us are familiar with standing in the pantry and staring at the options to stuff into our mouths the fastest. We may or may not be actually hungry, but sometimes nothing really fits the bill of what we are craving. Other times, mind, body and spirit are immediately drawn to something that catches your eye, and in a flash, you have stuffed your mouth with what is usually either sweet, salty, or both. Many times, those cravings are trying to tell you that there is something your ...


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St. Mary’s fits the pieces together for joint replacement

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Story: Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center Joe Hassell is a strong, independent retired Army officer. But he recently needed a little help figuring out how to safely get in and out of a vehicle. Hassell had undergone hip replacement surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital the day before, and the lesson in the proper way to back up with his walker and ease himself onto a simulated car was just one part of the comprehensive care he received during his stay in the orthopedic ...


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Operation: Rural Rx

By Joe Vaccarelli

For a veteran living far from a major city, access to a full slate of health care options can come with many barriers. However, a group at the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System is working to remove some of the roadblocks. Two employees and a contractor with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center were recently tasked with a project by the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation to gain an understanding of challenges veterans in rural areas face when accessing their health care. ...


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Despite the jokes, digestive issues can be serious

By April Schulte-Barclay

Talking about poop is commonplace in my life. All day at work I talk about poop. Try not to judge me. Details regarding bowel movements can tell me a lot about a patient’s health and how I can help. At home, my 6-year-old son makes insidious poop jokes all day long. While my son’s jokes are more limited to making comments like someone is a poop face, I found these slightly better jokes to share with you: Did you know that diarrhea is hereditary? It runs in your genes. Have ...


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