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Building peace of mind

By Greg Ruland

The only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope spent $400,000 over the past three months to build a safe place for area residents to receive treatment, adding to the range of mental health services available in the region. Until last week, Western Slope residents who suffered a psychiatric crisis — sometimes called a nervous breakdown — had limited treatment options, said Kim Boe, vice president of West Springs, the only hospital of its kind between Denver and Salt Lake ...


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Many causes, few treatments in battle against winter itch

By Greg Ruland

Like most physicians, Mesa County health officials endorse frequent hand washing to avoid illness, especially during cold, winter months when flu proliferates on the surface of stairwell bannisters and grocery store push carts. For chronic flu-fighters, repeated washing and drying of the hands may also lead to another common complaint this time of year — dry, flaky skin that cracks into painful, inflamed wounds, local dermatologists said. Hand washing isn’t the only culprit. ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR 12-09-14

By Staff

Hilltop guides help with health plan enrollment Hilltop Community Resources’ Health Access certified health coverage guides are partnering with certified insurance brokers in Mesa County to sponsor one-stop enrollment events to help people enroll in a health insurance plan. For coverage to start Jan. 1, people must sign up for a Connect for Health account or renew an existing policy by Dec. 15. Hilltop is sponsoring an open enrollment walk-in event from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...


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Picture of health

By Greg Ruland

To her family, 6-year-old Lella Young of Delta is one in a million. To the surgeons who replaced her scarred liver about five years ago, Lella was one in 15,000 — the statistical probability of being born with pediatric biliary atresia. Today, Lella thrives, so much so she attracted the attention of the federally designated organ procurement organization, Donor Alliance. Donor Alliance decided this year that Lella was ready for her close-up. The Delta girl marches Saturday in the ...


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Trimming the Trimmings

By Greg Ruland

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t for many who find themselves eating, drinking and spending too much, then worrying about it. This powerful combination of stress factors causes anxiety, depression and sickness, but not for those who plan ahead and take action to combat it. Local health care providers and professional trainers offer several strategies to combat holiday blues and improve health. Most folks report the biggest holiday stressors are expectations, finances and ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR 11-25-61

By Staff

3-D mammography now at Primary Care Partners Grand Junction Diagnostics and Mammography, a division of Primary Care Partners, now offers three-dimensional mammography. The new unit was installed at the end of October. It provides more precise digital images of breast tissue, reducing patient call-backs for re-screenings and other more costly diagnostic procedures, according to a news release. The practice is at 3150 N. 12th St. Call 241-6014 to schedule an appointment. Grants ...


Understanding autism

By Greg Ruland

A brain disorder that blocks the normal development of social and communication skills makes life tougher for one in 50 people in the U.S. — 50 times more 
often than it did nearly a quarter-
century ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 2,500 people was diagnosed with autism in 1990. That number grew to one in 50 by 2013, the CDC said. The increased prevalence causes some in health care and the media to deride the diagnosis as a ...


HEALTH BRIEFS - 11-18-2014

By Staff

Mesa County clinics offer shots, tips to avoid flu The Mesa County Health Department has several upcoming flu shot clinics: ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Plateau Valley School auditorium in Collbran. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at De Beque School ■ 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. In addition to getting vaccinated against influenza, Mesa County health officials urge residents to follow these tips to stay ...


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For youth, age-old problem of grief

By Greg Ruland

Eleven-year-old Bailey Williams traveled to northern California in August to see the redwoods at Redwood National and State Parks. She wanted to hug the ancient, tall trees because they remind her of her dad. A tall man at 6-foot-2, Bailey’s dad, Jacob, shared his daughter’s love of the great outdoors. Jacob Williams died last summer. His daughter thinks about him every day. “He was a good dad. He was helpful. He was funny. He liked to tease us a lot,” she ...


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Head shavers deliver bald statement early in fight against cancer in children

By Greg Ruland

Families, friends and caregivers who aren’t emotionally attached to their hair but indelibly bound to a child with cancer are starting six months early to rally supporters for the fourth annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event in Grand Junction. The event is slated for June, but fundraisers are searching now for sponsors who would enjoy a tax deduction and maybe some recognition for joining the fight. The local foundation has nearly doubled the amount of money it ...


HEALTH BRIEFS: 11/04/14

By Staff

Autism 101 slated Nov. 12 at Parenting Place at Strive Parenting Place at Strive, with support from the Autism Society of Colorado, will sponsor an Autism 101 information session from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Joan Anderson will share an introduction to autism spectrum disorder, discussing facts and misconceptions about autism, signs and possible causes, the gifts of autism, and how to support and interact with a person with the diagnosis. A former school-based autism intervention ...


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Neonatal nurse deflects spotlight toward patient’s family, team members

By Greg Ruland

A baby born 16 weeks early normally experiences a lot of health problems, starting with under-developed lungs that can’t draw breath well enough to satisfy the body’s need for oxygen. Bella Price was no exception. She came into the world in December 2011 weighing 1 pound, 9 ounces. Besides the trouble with her lungs, her biggest challenge was the bleeding in her skull that caused significant damage to her brain, said Bella’s mom, Becky Price. “Obviously, that ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR OCT. 28

By Staff

Hearing loss association to meet at Avalon Theatre In conjunction with the Avalon Theatre Foundation and city of Grand Junction, the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America has scheduled its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Avalon Theatre. Renovations at the historic theater included the installation of an induction hearing loop. Hearing loops are wireless systems that broadcast audio directly to hearing instruments and cochlear implants ...


Local hospitals mobilize in case virus comes to valley; officials reject rumors that deadly disease

By Greg Ruland

Some Mesa County residents are spreading false rumors about an imaginary patient at a local hospital who is quarantined with Ebola. But local hospitals are implementing federally recommended protocols to deal with the deadly disease, should it actually arrive in western Colorado. The dreaded disease killed thousands of West Africans so far and public fears are growing that it could also become a pandemic in the U.S. Sen. Mark Udall called late last week for the Transportation Security ...


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Zumba-themed dance card spices up cancer fundraiser

By Greg Ruland

To quote the rapper Pitbull: They’re going to “boogie, oogie, oogie, jiggle, wiggle and dance like a house on fire” at the Crossroads Fitness Party in Pink on Saturday. Pitbull’s “Fireball” will be just one of the high-powered Latin and world beat musical selections performed at the annual Zumbathon event that starts with registration at 
8:30 a.m. to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Zumba is exercise in disguise, a mix of ...


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Fruita hospital’s name change reflects growth, vision

By Greg Ruland

The journey from Family Health West to Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center could take months to complete, even though both institutions are located at the same address, 300 W. Ottley Ave., hospital officials said last week. Successfully transforming Family Health West into Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center will require more than a one-time announcement. The process of changing the hospital’s brand will take a while to complete, said Angelina Salazar, director of ...


Health Briefs, Oct. 7, 2014

By Staff

Free dental services from students in training IntelliTec College is offering free dental work through its students in training. The hands-on experience benefits the college’s Dental Assisting students with practical experience on real dental patients, according to a news release. It also furthers community connections and builds professional confidence as students work with real patients. All dental services performed by students are supervised by dental ...


Health Briefs, Sept. 30, 2014

By Staff

Psychiatric staff added 
to mental health services Mind Springs Health, the largest Western Slope provider of mental health treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, are responding to the community need for added mental health services with increasing psychiatric staff and resources. Returning to Grand Junction after eight years in Mississippi, with both outpatient and inpatient responsibilities, is Dr. Mark Ramsey. ...


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Recruiting family medicine doctors to Western Slope remains priority

By Greg Ruland

Nearly 40 years ago, a small group of local physicians started thinking about ways to recruit doctors to the Western Slope so people could get more of their health care needs met close to home. Today, as the demand for primary care doctors continues to outpace the supply, the Family Medicine Residency Program that group created at St. Mary’s Hospital is now the region’s key to maintaining an adequate population of primary care doctors, hospital officials say. Colorado needs ...


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Lower health care costs main goal of Healthier Colorado

By Mike Wiggins

The executive director of a new health care advocacy group says his primary mission is to reduce health care costs and tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity, particularly among minority kids. Healthier Colorado Executive Director Jake Williams said the group believes it’s the first in the state to lobby solely for health care policy changes. He said the Colorado Health Foundation provided $10 million in seed funding for the nonpartisan, nonprofit group, recognizing, along ...


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