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Palisade 8-year-old, dad have same rare condition

By Emily Shockley

Tim Gray of Palisade was diagnosed with the rare brain condition Chiari Malformation seven years ago when he was living in Oregon. On Nov. 30, 2012, his son, 8-year-old Zane Gray, was diagnosed with the same condition. Chiari is not strictly passed on through genetics but researchers have found a hereditary link in some families, according to the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project. The cerebellum, located at the bottom of the brain near the back of the head, dips lower ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 8, 2013

By Staff

Project Cure founder in GJ today Dr. James Jackson, founder of Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment), will be in Grand Junction today to attend a luncheon with volunteers and go to an open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the local Project CURE warehouse, 559 Sand Hill Lane, Door 41/42. The open house is open to the public. Project C.U.R.E. is an organization that ships medical supplies overseas. Grand Junction residents have been involved in Project C.U.R.E. ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 1, 2013

By Staff

Delta picks new chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, the director of cost and quality improvement for Delta County Memorial Hospital, has accepted a position as the hospital’s new chief clinical officer. Roeber served as health services coordinator for Delta County School District 50 from 1987 to 2005 and has 31 years of nursing experience. She became the director of nursing education at Delta-Montrose Technical College in 2005 and has served as Delta County Memorial ...


Gluten Free group going in the valley

By Emily Shockley

Whether it’s a lifestyle choice or a medical necessity, Angela Wetzel wants to meet people who are going gluten free. Wetzel founded the group Gluten Free Grand Valley for people like her who don’t eat gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Wetzel can’t eat gluten because she has an autoimmune condition called Celiac disease that does not allow her body to digest gluten properly. People who have a gluten intolerance or Celiac disease are welcome to the ...


AED fundraiser’s next goal: cardiac testing

By Emily Shockley

Sue Edson began a mission in 2011 to get automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, into every school in School District 51. She achieved that goal this fall, when Community Hospital donated $77,000 to her organization, ARVD Heart for Hope. That donation paid for 50 AEDs. The Palisade Lions Club donated two more devices, the Kiwanis Club donated another, and Edson and Grand Junction High student Robert Harrison helped bring AED devices before the hospital donation into all four of ...


Health Briefs, Dec. 25, 2012

By Staff

Holiday open house at senior centers Hilltop’s Holiday Cup of Cheer Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday will feature an open house at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road, and guided tours at The Cottages of Hilltop next to The Commons and The Fountains of Hilltop at 3203 North 15th St. Representatives from Hilltop Home Care will be at the open house to answer questions about services they provide for independent living residents, and Senior Daybreak staff will be available ...


Colorado 11th 
in ranking of states by health

By Emily Shockley

Colorado jumped three spots to rank 11th in this year’s America’s Health Rankings. Colorado’s score improved this year in part because public health funding per Colorado resident increased from $55 to $81 in the last five years and the state’s percentage of children in poverty decreased from 18.5 percent in 2010 to 15.5 percent in 2011, according to the rankings. Other improvements include a decrease in the last 10 years in hospitalizations for Medicare patients ...


Health Briefs, Dec. 18, 2012

By Staff

Registration open for 5K and health expo Registration is open for the sixth-annual Sweet Heart Run and Health Expo Feb. 9 in Fruita. The city of Fruita and Family Health West will host the 5K run/walk and a 10K run as part of the event. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Fees increase by $5 for late registration. Call 858-0360 or visit http://www.sweetheartrun.com to register or get more ...


Pertussis outbreak going easy on Western Slope

By Emily Shockley

Cases of pertussis, or “whooping cough,” have increased dramatically this year in Colorado. But so far, Mesa County isn’t one of the harder-hit areas. As of Nov. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had counted 1,300 cases of pertussis statewide in 2012, up from an average of 158 cases between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26 each year between 2007 and 2011. Colorado started describing its upswing in pertussis diagnoses as epidemic on Aug. 20. Pertussis cases have ...


Delta hospital gets an ‘A’

By Emily Shockley

Delta County Memorial Hospital has earned the top grade available from national hospital surveying organization The Leapfrog Group. The group awards Hospital Safety Score grades every year based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey that analyzes hospital procedures and patient outcomes. Points are deducted based on the number of ...


Sign-up for Medicare ends Friday

By Emily Shockley

CLARIFICATION: Only people who want to change their existing Medicare plan need to make changes by this Friday. The deadline for open enrollment in Medicare is coming fast. All people who plan to join Medicare or continue Medicare coverage but want to change their plan need to enroll by the end of the day Friday. Information about plans available to Mesa County residents, which can change year-to-year, is available at Medicare.gov. In general, U.S. citizens or permanent residents who ...


November is Prematurity Awareness Month

By Emily Shockley

Becky Price knew she wouldn’t have a full-term pregnancy. After three kids and scarring on her uterus, she didn’t think she could have another child and was told she would have a difficult pregnancy. But she never expected her daughter, Isabelle, to arrive 16 weeks early. Isabelle, who everyone calls Bella Grace, weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces when she was born 24 weeks into Price’s pregnancy Dec. 11, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was on a ventilator for several ...


Health Briefs, Nov. 13, 2012

By Staff

CHS senior earns volunteer award Deanna Wright, a student at Central High School, recently received the 2012 Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award for Teen Service at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization annual conference. Wright has volunteered with Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado for six years and has spent more than 600 hours volunteering with various hospice programs, including Heirlooms for Hospice, the Beauty Queen Project, Camp Good ...


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Body and Soul Makeovers revealed

By Emily Shockley

Twelve weeks of trips to the gym, dentist, dermatologist, aesthetician, hair salon, life coach, makeup artist, clothing store, photographer and nutrition consultant paid off for the two winners of Le MedSpa’s Body & Soul Makeover contest. Mande Gabelson and Luke Carter were selected for the makeover out of a stack of applicants looking for a change in their lifestyle, confidence and appearance. They worked with a “Dream Team” of experts to help make their ...


St. Mary’s becomes Primary Stroke Center

By Emily Shockley

St. Mary’s Hospital is now certified as a Primary Stroke Center, a distinction awarded after a thorough auditing process by independent, nonprofit accreditation group The Joint Commission. The advanced certification took effect Oct. 17, making St. Mary’s the only Primary Stroke Center between Provo, Utah, and the Denver metropolitan area. The distinction won’t lead to monetary gain for the hospital, according to Dr. Logan McDaneld, a stroke-trained neurologist at St. ...


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GJ volunteers help African children with dental care

By Emily Shockley

Miquette Gerber literally jumped at the chance to help children in Africa. Gerber was attending a Sunrise Horizon Rotary Club meeting a few months ago when the club asked if anyone would like to volunteer to go on a trip with Medicine Arm-In-Arm to provide pediatric dentistry to South African children, a cause the club has donated to. Gerber had no experience with dentistry but she had been to Africa before and couldn’t wait to go back. She leapt up in her chair and immediately ...


Obesity Summit planned for Mesa County

By Emily Shockley

The Mesa County Health Department plans to tackle one of its “winnable battles” next month when it hosts an Obesity Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Grand Junction Public Safety building, 555 Ute Ave. The county announced earlier this year it plans to tackle three issues in the next few years: obesity, suicide and unintended pregnancy. The county partnered with community leaders and the Teen Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Coalition to host a summit ...


Autism organization expanding to GJ

By Emily Shockley

Firefly Autism, a Denver-based service provider for children with autism, plans to extend its services to Grand Junction and the Western Slope by the end of 2012. Executive Director Jason Romero said the 10-year-old nonprofit group decided to make its first venture outside of Denver after receiving a $250,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation in memory of DeeDee Mayer, a longtime Grand Junction resident with a connection to autism. Romero said the Buell Foundation told him the ...


Health Briefs, Oct. 9, 2012

By Staff

Clinical events Thursday at Le MedSpa Le MedSpa, 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 203, Wellington 4 Building, will host two clinical events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at its office. The first event will focus on CoolSculpting, a procedure that freezes fat, and the other event will focus on skin smoothing and tightening procedures Pelleve and Invasix. Participants can meet representatives for each procedure and enjoy refreshments, specials and prizes. To reserve a space for either event, ...


MDS run brings families together

By Emily Shockley

Participants in the second annual Rollin’ on the River Family Fun 5K Run, Walk and Roll on Oct. 20 along the Riverfront Trail will support nearly 300 local infants and toddlers who benefit from Mesa Developmental Services’ early intervention programs. The programs are free to families because state and federal dollars that help fund early intervention services come with the condition of Mesa Developmental Services providing them at no cost, according to MDS spokeswoman Marilee ...


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