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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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...

St. Mary’s June

Sponsored Content: No One Dies Alone

By Sponsored Content

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 ...


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 ...

Health Brief, May 24, 2016

By Staff

Dr. Andreoletti named TopDentist for 7th time Fruita dentist Gary Andreoletti has been named a 5280 magazine TopDentist for the seventh time. He will be featured in the June edition of the magazine for being chosen by his peers as a TopDentist. In conjunction with the national firm TopDentists, 5280 assembles a comprehensive list of Colorado’s best dentists. To compile the winners, TopDentists randomly polls Colorado American Dental Association dentists and asks them to vote on ...

Student Spotlight, May 23, 2016

By Staff

■ Rachel Hartman of Montrose is this year’s recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship award for Montrose County.  ■ Ashley Wells of Whitewater, who majors in exercise science at Fort Lewis College in Durango, received the Bridget J. Irish Award from the college’s writing program. ■ Shari Miller of Mack graduated recently from Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, with an associate’s degree in business management. ■ ...

Health Briefs, May 17, 2016

By Staff

Mental-health walk Saturday in GJ The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Western Slope 2016 Walk will be Saturday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave. in Grand Junction. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The purpose of NAMIWalks is not only to raise funds, but to raise public awareness and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. There is no registration fee but walkers are encouraged to obtain donations from family, ...


At St. Mary’s, it’s a family affair

By Melinda Mawdsley

When Grand Valley residents visit their family physician, they may not think much about where that physician was educated or what compelled that doctor to ultimately practice locally. But chances are the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program is the answer to both questions. According to Dr. Sherm Straw, director of the Family Medicine Residency Program for the past eight years, more than half of the 100-plus family physicians practicing in the area are graduates of the Family ...

A salute to nurses

By Penny Stine

Nurses have been ranked as the No. 1 profession in terms of honesty and ethics for the past 14 years, according to a Gallup poll. In addition to their welldeserved reputation for being honest and ethical, nurses, at least those who remain in the profession for long, are generally compassionate, with a big heart for the patients they serve. Because their profession demands it, they’re also well-educated and continually learning more. In the Grand Valley, perhaps the largest single ...


Downtown gallery exhibits beauty in the eyes of brain-injured artists

By Greg Ruland

ehold the beauty in the eyes of Penny, a pensive peccary with blue-green peepers capable of capturing the attention of even the dullest art connoisseur. A lustrous brown coif, pearly white scruff and hairless pink ears complete the wistful hamster’s profile. Set against a deep blue sky, Penny’s is an image born of the imagination of an artist in residence at Hilltop’s Life Adjustment Program, a program for people with traumatic brain injury. Penny’s creator is ...

SMH Kilimanjaro

Sponsored Content: Reaching a peak in an African girl’s school by way of a mountain

By Sponsored Content

Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Climbing to the top of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro was an awe-inspiring achievement for St. Mary’s hospitalists Dr. Dan Harris and physician assistant Marcia Mendenhall. Spending time in a Kenyan girls’ school in the middle of one of the world’s largest slums, was even more life-altering. Harris and Mendenhall did both of those things last year as part of an effort to fund an unusual school that has been cobbled ...


A SOUND concept

By Duffy Hayes

Davis Sleigh is a fifth-grader and he’s set to attend East Middle School next year.  When he does, he’ll have a direct link to his teacher’s voice — he or she will wear a microphone, and Davis will hear the teacher’s voice through a hearing aid surgically implanted on his right side. Davis has unilateral hearing loss, meaning he can only hear on his left side. He was born without a middle ear or ear canal on his right side. “He’s not able ...


GYM: Core strength

By Staff

CORE STRENGTH Many people equate difficulty in doing a push up to lack of arm strength. Often it is lack of core strength that is the limiting factor. Think of it as the difference between picking up an awake child versus one who is asleep and who feels heavier because their core isn’t engaged. In this exercise, the Progressive Push Up, the plank position is maintained along with the eccentric contraction (lengthening of the muscle while loaded) of the chest and arms. A good ...


STAR power: Training, rehab program energizes cancer survivors

By Amy Hamilton

eth Weathersby can’t wait to get back to providing massages. But the Pear Park resident who enjoys offering the therapeutic treatments realizes she must nurture herself first before heading back into her chosen profession. Weathersby was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in October 2015. After a double mastectomy and some chemotherapy, she still is undergoing treatments to eradicate the cancer. She is one of the first people to work through the Survivorship Training and ...

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