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Rifle seeks to replicate high marks given to Grand Junction’s school lunch program

By Dennis Webb

IFLE — Jake Hattstaedt approached the rear end of a pickup Friday with his girlfriend’s daughter, Audrey Miner, as volunteers stationed there handed out free sack lunches to waiting youths. Hattstaedt, who suffered a construction job injury in November, has been watching Audrey during the days, and said he just learned about the program when the local school district texted his girlfriend. It sounded good to him. “Then I don’t have to make her lunch,” ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, March 8, 2016

By Staff

Stepping On program centers on balance   St. Mary’s Life Center will sponsor a seven-week “Stepping On” program beginning March 22 for anyone concerned about falling or poor balance. In the fun and friendly peer-supportive class, participants will learn simple, yet effective balance and strength training, as well as how to control personal and environmental factors that contribute to falls. The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon through May 3 at the St. ...

Health Briefs, March 1, 2016

By Staff

Low-vision support group will visit equine center Western Slope Visionaries, a low-vision support group through the Center of Independence, will visit Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reimer’s Rainbow Ranch. “This is a very big deal for them as some of the participants have never seen a horse before, let alone having touched one,” a news release said. Call Lexi Sherwood at 241-0315, ext. 23, or email .(JavaScript must ...


Death of son spurs mother to fight patients’ rights

By Katie Langford

When Patty Skolnik’s son died after an array of complications from unnecessary brain surgery, she knew she had to make a choice. “I knew I could be an angry, bitter mother for the rest of my life. Part of me wanted to die with Michael, and the third choice was, ‘Maybe you should go out and do something about it, because that’s what Michael would have wanted,’ ” she said. Skolnik went on to found Citizens for Patient Safety, an organization dedicated ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 23, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s LIFE program starts May 17 St. Mary’s Life Center offers a comprehensive 12-week wellness program to assist with weight loss, behavior change and improving overall health. The LIFE program incorporates weekly exercise, nutrition and health education, goal setting, fitness assessments and group support to assist you with long-term lifestyle improvements. A Life Center facility membership is included while enrolled. Cost: $200. The next session will be from May 17 ...


Looking to start a conversation

By Erin McIntyre

Millie was 89 years old and had congestive heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, mild dementia, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, atrial fibrillation and osteoarthritis. Her daughter insisted she have a mammogram, so she had one performed and a lump was found. She came to the hospital for a needle biopsy of the lump, and never left. “One thing led to another in a cascade of problems,” said Dr. David West, vice president of medical affairs for HopeWest Hospice. “Millie ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Feb. 16, 2016

By Staff

‘Living with Diabetes’ series is scheduled St. Mary’s “Living with Diabetes” education series teaches people with diabetes to use self-care techniques and current technology to manage their condition. The four-week series for people with type 2 diabetes and their families is based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 Self-Care Behaviors. These classes are taught by certified diabetes educators. The next session will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 ...

Health and Wellness Brief, Feb. 9, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s to host surgery presentations If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. St. Mary’s offers all surgical options — gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion procedures — performed by a bariatric-trained surgeon. Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies, and how St. Mary’s will ...


A new level of care

By Amy Hamilton

People play hard and work hard in Fruita. So it makes sense that they should have access to a local emergency room staffed and equipped to handle trauma patients, said Dr. Joseph Kupets of Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center, part of Family Health West. The hospital is entering its first three-year period of being designated as a Level IV trauma center by the state, which means it can accept trauma patients and offer advanced trauma support. Staff at Colorado Canyons now ...


GYM: Side Plank Knee Touch

By Staff

Side Plank Knee Touch In a side plank you should be in a position as if you were taken from a standing position and tipped to your side. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder. As you position the top hand for the knee tap, your shoulders should stay in alignment. Without dropping your hips, bring the top knee to your hand and return to the starting position. Using a mirror to check that the body is staying in alignment without rotation is helpful. Complete 12 ...


Sponsored Content: 3D biplane imaging device increases hope for stroke victims

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Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center When some stroke victims arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room, they are in a state of what neurologists refer to as “locked in.” Clots deep in their brain stems have blocked signals to other parts of the brain that control voluntary muscles. They can’t move anything, even raise a finger. They are aware, but unable to speak. The most they can do is blink their eyes to communicate. In March, thanks to a new ...

Sexually transmitted diseases have spiked in Mesa County

By Melinda Mawdsley

First dates often involve dinner and a movie. Rarely does a new couple break the ice with a stop at the Mesa County Health Department to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If officials with the local Health Department had their way, however, that would change. The number of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three harmful or potentially fatal STDs if left untreated, have increased in Mesa County in the past few years, according to the Health Department. ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Feb. 2, 2016

By Staff

Workshops are to improve problems and disabilities Workshops are now being offered by Community Hospital to help individuals take action to improve symptoms of their health problems or disabilities. There are two categories of eligible individuals: people age 60 and older who have a chronic health condition as well as adults age 18 and older who have a disability. Examples of chronic health conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart disease, multiple ...


Ready to quit smoking?

By Katie Langford

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, and that’s why four Grand Junction medical organizations are working together to motivate people to make the hard but healthy choice. The Mesa County Smokeout is a collaborative effort to 
people to stop smoking, said Katie Goddeyne, Mesa County Health Department spokeswoman. “It is hard and frustrating at times, but personally I think it’s easier to hang in there if there’s someone doing it with ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 26, 2016

By Staff

Shoot hoops for heart at CMU recreation center Colorado Mesa University and the community will support the American Heart Association in March with a 3-versus-3 basketball tournament at CMU’s Hamilton Recreation Center. Each teammate donation is $5, and there can be three to five people per team, including substitutes. Everyone is welcome — all age ranges, students, staff, faculty, and anyone in the community who wants to play. There will be prizes for the top teams and ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Jan. 19, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s unit receives national award St. Mary’s Hospital announced last week that the hospital’s Intermediate Care Unit had received a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The award recognizes the unit as meeting healthy work environment standards, especially communication, collaboration, and staffing, as it’s related to increased safety and improved outcomes for patients, officials said. Specifically, the ...


Business is 

By Amy Hamilton

Some people look forward to seeing the names of the babies born at Bloomin’ Babies Birthing Center, 2241 N. Seventh St. Last week it was Kaidric, 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Motorists who travel busy Seventh Street tell owners Patty and Dick Kandiko as much, gushing about the new names. Proud parents and grandparents gather under the marquee, snapping photos, pleased to show off their locally famous babies — at least until the next baby is born. In the new year, delighted parents ...


HopeWest team helps patients relive memories N’awlins styles

By Erin McIntyre

Willie Hernandez was feeling a little down one day. It’s understandable, given that it’s the middle of the winter in Grand Junction, where he and his wife live at Grand Villa Care Center. He and Faye are a long way from home. Willie is 71 and Faye is 79. “Am I 79?” she asks Willie, looking sheepishly at him through the corner of her eye. “Yeah, going on 58,” he replies, chuckling. They’re both HopeWest hospice patients — Willie suffers ...

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Sponsored Content: Interventional radiologist brings advanced treatment

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Sponsored Content: Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Dr. Geoffrey Scriver does not have any magic bullet to cure patients with cancer that has invaded their livers. But he does have thousands of minuscule radioactive spheres he can aim directly at liver tumors to extend lives. Scriver, an interventional radiologist, has brought this advanced cancer treatment to St. Mary’s with the help of a large coalition of health experts from multiple departments at the ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 5, 2016

By Staff

Accomplished athlete to address hearing loss The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America welcomes back John Klish, a Western Slope native who achieved a gold medal at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2013. He was also named the USA Deaf Sports Federation Sportsman of the Year for 2014. John attended Holy Family Middle School and graduated from Grand Junction High School. John is the CEO and owner of Mountain and Desert Racing. The company has been ...

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