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State panel examines cost of health care

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans spent about $36.6 billion on health care in 2013, a 327 percent increase from two decades earlier, according to the first of several reports to state officials by the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care. That commission, formed by the Colorado Legislature last year, will spend the next two years examining the state’s health care costs, and come up with ways to help reduce them for everyday Coloradans, if possible. “Despite the progress Colorado and our ...

Community Hospital welcomes midwife team

By Staff

Community Hospital announced last week that it has reached an agreement with four of the providers at Mesa Midwives to form Grand Valley Midwives. Certified nurse-midwives Ruth Ann Price, CNM; Tiffini Young, CNM; Analiesa Leonhardt, CNM; and Brenda Vondy, CNM, will join Community Hospital on Dec. 21. “We are thrilled that another group has decided to partner with Community Hospital,” said Chris Thomas, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “As an organization, we are ...

Schools, day care report norovirus symptoms

By Charles Ashby

At least two schools and a day care center in Mesa County have reported children with norovirus-like symptoms this week, prompting the Mesa County Health Department to warn residents who display those symptoms to remain home so as not to spread it. The virus is highly contagious, spreads rapidly in closed environments, and is hard to kill, according to the department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20 million people a year get sick from the virus, most from ...


GYM: Standing Quadriceps Stretch

By Staff

Standing Quadriceps Stretch Stand in an upright position. Bring one foot back and into the OPPOSITE hand. This stretches the quadriceps more accurately through the angle of performance activation. Placing the foot into the same-side hand puts an unnatural compression on the outside of the knee, lateral meniscus. It also puts an unnatural stretch on the center of the knee, medial collateral ligament. While performing the stretch, maintain the body in an upright position. The tendency is ...


Coalition of care

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Valley’s successful health care system is known far and wide among medical professionals the nation over. Now, to help spread the system’s message to other communities that want to lower their health care costs and improve patient outcomes, two Colorado Mesa University students — with the help of a local doctor — have produced a documentary explaining why that system works as it does. Inspired by Regis Tucci, a CMU mass communications professor who died ...


GYM: Push up to T (Plus Plank)

By Staff

Push up to T (Plus Plank) Start in a high plank position using dumbbells as handles. Spine should be neutral with head in alignment.   Perform a push up while maintaining a neutral spine and keeping the angle from the shoulder to the elbow less than 45 degrees.   As you return to the upright position, pick up one dumbbell and extend it toward the ceiling maintaining a neutral spine. Repeat for 20 repetitions alternating sides. Adjust weight and repetitions according to ...


You kids go outside and play!

By Charles Ashby

One way to lower obesity rates in Grand Valley children and promote general health of the region is to get more people to use the great outdoors. That’s why the Mesa County Health Department, with a lot of help from the community, is putting together a comprehensive plan on ways to enhance outdoor youth activities. But in order to do so, the department needs to know what’s already out there, what’s being used and what is needed to make it better, said Sarah Robinson, ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 10, 2015

By Staff

Glaucoma specialist joins Hoffman team Hoffman Eye Care by ICON announced the addition of Dr. James A. Fox, a top ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist, to their Grand Junction team. With the concerns of an aging glaucoma patient population on his mind, Dr. Fox prides himself on ensuring patients understand their personal disease journey and providing the best treatment possible for each individual case. Dr. Fox specializes in both medical and surgical treatments for patients with ...


Volunteering to take on the Ebola virus

By Sponsored Content

Nancy Lofholm Sponsored Content by St. Mary’s Medical Center A heartbreaking photograph landed Dr. Logan McDaneld in the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last winter. The newspaper photo showed a father standing helplessly near his young son who lay in the dirt dying from the Ebola virus. The sick child had on a Lightning McQueen t-shirt, just like a favorite shirt of McDaneld’s 4 year old own son. McDaneld, who had served two tours with the Army in ...


What ails Mesa County

By Charles Ashby

Suicide, obesity and unintended pregnancies are the three major health problems that the Grand Valley needs to address, according to the 2015-2017 Mesa County Health Needs Assessment report released last week. The report, released every three years, shows that while the county is addressing those issues, which also were identified in the last assessment released in 2012, more needs to be done. But the report also calls many of those problems “winnable battles,” in part ...


Happy with hospital stay? Send an email

By Charles Ashby

A former Grand Junction resident wants to help improve health care one thank you at a time. That, at least, is the thinking behind a computer-based program created in part by Dawn Cheairs, a 1992 graduate of Central High School who now lives in Denver. Cheairs helped create a system designed to allow patients to thank hard-to-locate health-care workers after they leave a hospital or other medical facility. The idea, called DohJe (pronounced, dough-jay) lists hospital workers and allows ...


Forward thinking

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction Community Hospital’s new digs west of town are being built with the future in mind. While development of that 40-acre facility on G Road west of 24 Road will house medical divisions the hospital has long provided at its current 8-acre campus on 12th Street, the new hospital has been designed to be expandable, and then some. That means, in part, some space it’s currently planning to use for administration and other non-medical aspects of running a full-service ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Oct. 20, 2015

By Staff

Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week slated for Oct. 19-23 Approximately 15 percent of the general population suffers from Irlen Syndrome, the brain’s inability to process visual information, affecting daily functioning. Patients of all ages and ethnicities may experience syndrome symptoms, which include light sensitivity, headaches or migraines, difficulty or discomfort when reading, eye strain, and distorted print text or environment. Irlen Syndrome affects huge sectors of the ...



By Staff

NEUTRAL SPINE I was stopped at the gym and asked if more information could be provided regarding the benefits of some of the exercises I’ve featured. In response, I would like to address the concept of neutral spine. This has been mentioned with several exercises and should be the goal of most exercises. In the following pictures, one from the Backwards Lunge with a Resistance Band Row and the other from the Progressive Push Up, you will notice that model Whitney ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 13, 2014

By Staff

Breast cancer screenings offered for free on Oct. 20 In honor of the 30th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care will sponsor a free screening breast exam on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. “Having an exam is just the initial line of defense. We want to give people the opportunity to have this free initial exam, share educational information, as well as create a plan for further screening and diagnosis,” said Dr. ...


Some surgeries seem to cost an arm and a leg

By Charles Ashby

The state’s largest public employee retirement system has found a way to reduce costs for some of its retirees who are in its health insurance plan. The Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), which is more commonly known for the pensions it provides to state and local government workers, also has a small health care option for its retirees. But that program, called PERACare Select, had become increasingly concerned over the wildly different costs it was paying for ...


GYM: Walk 70,000 steps

By Staff

WALK 70,000 STEPS Crossroad Fitness’ challenge to the Grand Valley community to walk 70,000 steps in seven days begins Monday. The following exercises will help to add strength and stability while contributing to an increase in balance. Go to to learn about the challenge.   Sliding Back Lunge Start in an upright position with the ball of one foot on a paper plate. With hands free, drop the foot on the paper plate back in a controlled manner. Focus on ...

St. Mary’s NICU

Smallest patients receive care at the NICU

By Sponsored Content

Nancy Lofholm Sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital Inside two warm and humid isolettes, draped in quilts to keep out light and dampen sound, teeny twins are curled inside oval-shaped “nests.” They are in this peaceful, hushed environment in St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because they were born months before their due date. Here, with the help of oxygen, nutrition and medication, these infants can continue to develop in conditions that mimic the womb. Even ...


Health foundation has $100 million to disburse in state

By Amy Hamilton

Good health isn’t just a nice perk. A community’s overall health goes hand-in-hand with its poverty rates and its economic development success rates. Securing an education, like graduating from high school and continuing onto secondary education, is good for a person’s health. Health is also affected by social and community connections and how regularly citizens vote on issues. That’s the thinking of the nonprofit Colorado Health Foundation, which last week ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 6, 2015

By Staff

Free flu shot clinic offered through Montrose County Montrose County and Walgreens have once again partnered to provide a free flu vaccination clinic. Flu shots will be available from noon to 
4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Baldridge Park/Riverbottom Park, 205 Apollo Road. “It will be a drive-through clinic to test our emergency preparedness functions. We will also be offering a walk-up or bike-up option,” said Montrose County Health and Human Services Director Kristen ...

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