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Putting up with pain

By Greg Ruland

The coach’s refrain, “No pain, no gain,” often propels athletes to greatness, but as a mindset among the elderly, it may unnecessarily hamper quality of life. Many endure the pain of aging shoulders, knees and hips because they consider it the price of growing old, said Connie Estridge, clinical manager of St. Mary’s Hospital’s Orthopedic/Spine Center. Jan Burch, 74, of Grand Junction, a tough, take-charge type of person, may be one of those. A visit to her ...


Western Slope clinics to receive funds for uninsured patients

By Staff

Several Western Slope health clinics are among 17 in Colorado that will receive a total of $3 million in federal money to help uninsured patients enroll in affordable health insurance coverage. The funds are allocated in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act. Among the recipients are the Olathe Community Clinic, which will receive more than $66,000, and Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs, set to receive nearly $128,500. Clinics in Steamboat Springs and Norwood also ...


Health Briefs, July 16, 2013

By Staff

Suicide prevention session scheduled Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., will sponsor a suicide prevention presentation at 6:30 p.m. today in the library’s community room. Sonja M. Encke, psychiatric nurse practitioner and suicide prevention coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will share information about how to recognize when someone may be considering suicide and what to do about it. The program is free and open to the public.   Marillac ...


RMHP’s 2-year program to examine how Medicaid is paid

By Staff

A pilot program designed by Rocky Mountain Health Plans seeks to reform the way Medicaid pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers by basing reimbursement on “value instead of volume,” Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Communications Director Rachel Reiter said. Health care providers who treat Medicaid patients enrolled in the Regional Collaborative Care Organization covering Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties ...


Briefs, July 2, 2013

By Staff

Suicide prevention training is July 11 A free suicide prevention course will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 11 at Community Hospital, 2021 N. 12th St. The training is called QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR training helps people recognize if someone is at risk of committing suicide and teaches them how to react to that person and get them help. Register online at http://www.suicidepreventionfoundation.org. Registration is encouraged but not required.  ...


Family Health West working on needs survey

By Emily Shockley

Family Health West is finding out if it’s meeting the needs of the Lower Valley. The Fruita hospital is in the midst of a Community Health Needs Assessment that involves three meetings with stakeholders and a community-wide survey. The first meeting took place April 29 and the other two will take place June 24 and Aug. 12. Meeting participants have already been selected and include local health care and public service representatives who will spent the first meeting discussing ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, May 28, 2103

By Staff

Alzheimer’s class today at Bozarth The Alzheimer’s Association will host a class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the community room at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2595 U.S. Highway 6&50. The class will focus on legal and financial planning related to a person with Alzheimer’s. RSVP to 256-1274 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += ...


Report shows plan for healthier Colorado

By Emily Shockley

The state of Colorado hopes to become the healthiest state in the nation by investing in health care, engaging the public in healthy activities and forming public-private partnerships aimed at strengthening health care and insurance coverage and capacity. The office of Gov. John Hickenlooper outlined these goals in a new report released last week, “The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to Become the Healthiest State.” In a forward in the report, Hickenlooper wrote ...


Spa accepting nominations for Body and Soul makeover

By Emily Shockley

Le MedSpa is taking nominations through June 14 for the next round of the Body and Soul Makeover. Paule Stiefler, owner and marketing director of Le MedSpa at 2530 N. Eighth St., Unit 205, launched the first Body and Soul Makeover last summer. The spa accepted nominations from friends and family members of people deserving of a makeover, interviewed the nominees and selected a male winner, a female winner and a runner-up to receive services from a “dream team” of local ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, May 14, 2013

By Staff

Physical therapy center joins PCP The Physical Therapy Specialty Center is now a division of Primary Care Partners. The specialty center has been located in the Primary Care Partners building at 3150 N. 12th St. since 2004 but was operated separately from PCP. The practice has seven physical therapists who will remain on staff and continue to see patients from all doctors in the Grand Junction area. Free health screenings for men   All Sam’s Club locations will host free ...


Race to benefit Silt wildlife foundation

By Staff

Instead of running from bears, who not run FOR bears? And while you’re at it, why not run for deer and eagles and mountain lions and foxes and other wildlife? The sixth annual 5k Run/Walk for their Lives event on June 1 is a benefit run for the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, which provides rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife prior to releasing those animals back into the wild. The non-profit foundation also provides valuable educational programs about ...


U.S. News awards top marks to 4 area nursing homes

By Emily Shockley

New national nursing home rankings deliver top scores for four area nursing facilities. Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley and Larchwood Inns, both of Grand Junction; San Juan Living Center of Montrose; and Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paonia each earned five stars overall in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes Rankings. Lists of the best nursing homes in all 50 states are available at health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. U.S. News and World Report ranked ...


Glenwood surgeon performs tremor-reducing procedure

By Emily Shockley

A Glenwood Springs neurosurgeon provides a rare procedure on the Western Slope — deep brain stimulation. The procedure was developed half a century ago to treat pain but has evolved into a treatment to help steady people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor and dystonia. The procedure is being tested elsewhere in people with a range of other issues, ranging from eating disorders to obsessive-compulsive disorder. The deep brain stimulation ...


Marillac to host 25th gala

By Staff

The yearlong celebration of Marillac Clinic’s 25th anniversary will continue Saturday with “Miracles at Marillac” at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive. The event will include dinner and a presentation by Vallie Collins. Collins is a Tennessee resident who was a passenger on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which landed Jan. 15, 2009, in New York’s Hudson River. Collins will speak about how the experience made her appreciate life and embrace every day. The ...


Cancer study participants needed in Grand Junction

By Staff

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to participate in a long-term study to aid cancer research. Volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 need to be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have a medical history clear of any cancer diagnoses. People who have had basal or squamous cell skin cancer are still eligible for the study. Volunteers will be asked to sign a consent form, fill out a small survey, and provide a small blood sample and a ...


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GJ surgeon offers newer hip procedure

By Emily Shockley

Non-arthritic hip pain used to be something people lived with until they got to the point of needing a hip replacement, according to Dr. Kennan Vance, an orthopedic surgeon at Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 2020 N. 12th St. Today, patients can undergo a hip arthroscopy procedure to combat pain caused by bony impingement, hip dysplasia, loose fragments in the joint and other conditions. After the move of another doctor last year, Vance is the only orthopedic surgeon offering ...


Mesa County encourages rabies safety

By Emily Shockley

The Mesa County Health Department and Mesa County Animal Services want to remind residents to take steps to prevent rabies exposure as the weather warms and people encounter wildlife more frequently while cleaning homes or enjoying the outdoors. Precautions include avoiding feeding or handling unfamiliar feral or domestic animals; closing holes around your home foundation, covering window sills, placing screens on chimneys and vents, and sealing cracks and holes larger than a quarter-inch ...


Local hospital readmission rates at, slightly above average

By Emily Shockley

Community Hospital is the only area hospital in a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that will not be financially penalized for its patient readmissions rates. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report tracks readmission rates for more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals over three years. Only heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients who returned to the same hospital within 30 days of leaving the hospital were counted in the study. Hospitals with fewer than ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, April 9, 2013

By Staff

Free testing to be at 3 locations The Mesa County Health Department will offer free cardiovascular screenings this month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 12, 18 and 25. This Friday’s screening event will take place at The Salvation Army, 1235 N. Fourth St. The April 18 event will take place at Palisade Church of the Nazarene at 3595 Front St. in Palisade and the April 25 event will take place at Supplemental Foods, 200 S. Spruce St. The screenings involve a finger-stick ...


Mesa County plans for improvement by 2017

By Emily Shockley

The Mesa County Health Department hopes to work with local health and wellness services over the next few years to improve the health of Mesa County residents, according to a new health improvement plan. Eighteen months ago, the Health Department compared dozens of local health statistics with health outcomes statewide. The county performed worse than the state on about 35 health factors, according to Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr. A steering committee of ...


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