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Community Hospital negotiating Western Ortho purchase

By Emily Shockley

Community Hospital is about to take another step in its moving process. The hospital at 2021 N. 12th St. is in negotiations to purchase Western Orthopedics, across the street from the hospital at 2020 N. 12th St. Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas said the hospital plans to move Grand Valley Urgent Care, Orchard Pharmacy, Colorado Mesa University’s Student Health Center and the hospital’s imaging services and lab draw station into the Western Orthopedics ...


Family rides in cycling classic for a cause

By Emily Shockley

Morgan Jueschke and her father, Joseph Jueschke, rode with a purpose in this year’s Courage Classic. The annual Colorado bike ride benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The Jueschkes, of Grand Junction, decided to participate in this year’s ride to honor Morgan’s brother and Joseph’s son, Brayden, who received a heart transplant at Children’s 19 years ago when Brayden was just 5 months old. Now a culinary student nearing graduation at ...


Health Briefs, July 24, 2012

By Staff

West Central Public Health Partnership wins award The Colorado Trust has awarded West Central Public Health Partnership with the 2012 Grantee Leadership Award. The award is given to each year to one of The Colorado Trust’s current grant recipients. West Central Public Health Partnership is a 6-year-old collaboration of rural public health service providers in Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties. The partnerships’ goal is to bring those service ...


Health Briefs, July 17, 2012

By Staff

Seminar in health care law at The Atrium The Atrium of the Grand Valley, 3260 North 12th St., will host a free seminar about the Affordable Care Act at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The seminar will focus on the act’s impact on senior citizens. Maura Firth, a local nonprofit health care organization member, will lead the seminar. To RSVP or learn more about the seminar, contact The Atrium at 256-0006. Sexual development class at planned The Western Slope Center for Children will offer a ...


Le MedSpa to host makeover project

By Emily Shockley

Paule Stiefler dreamed of a complete makeover for three years. Not for herself, but for two lucky winners. Stiefler, who serves as director of Le MedSpa at 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 205, worked with Angel Goodman, an esthetician and laser technician at Le MedSpa, to recruit a bevy of local health and lifestyle experts to participate in the Body & Soul Makeover project. The project will involve a fitness, appearance and lifestyle makeover for one woman and one man by experts at Le ...


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Wildfire smoke unhealthy for some

By Emily Shockley

Children younger than 8, the elderly, and people with chronic lung or heart conditions may be finding it particularly hard to breathe this summer. Wildfires around the state, including the Pine Ridge Fire near De Beque, are spewing smoke full of ash, soot and small, sometimes carcinogenic particles into the air. Grand Junction’s air quality became “unhealthy for sensitive groups” last Thursday in the fine particles category, according to the Colorado Department of Public ...


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Palisade grandma wins national gym challenge

By Staff

It feels good to be a sexy grandma. Just ask 60-year-old Penny Hardrick of Palisade. Hardrick dropped 33 pounds and 13.75 inches from her waist, hips and thighs during the 2012 Gold’s Gym 12-Week Challenge Jan. 9 through April 1. She is this year’s national champion in the 12-week challenge in the 60-plus age category. Other winners are named in the 18–29, 30–39, 40–49 and 50–59 age groups. Hardrick worked with trainers for 12 of the past 13 years. But ...


Bike to Work day will include free breakfast

By Staff

The city of Grand Junction is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to sponsor Bike to Work day, an annual event aimed at encouraging residents to leave their car keys at home and commute by bike. On Wednesday, cycling guides will meet groups around the city to lead riders along urban trails and to a free breakfast outside City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., or at Pantuso’s, 755 Horizon Drive. “We would like for folks to make biking a part of their commuting ...


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Birth services owner converts mothers’ placentas to pill form

By Emily Shockley

People’s first reaction when local birth services provider Laurel Ripple Carpenter tells them about placenta encapsulation is often “ick.” The practice involves steaming and dehydrating a mother’s placenta, the organ that connects a fetus to the uterine wall, and capturing portions of the placenta in capsules. The process leaves women with 100 to 200 capsules that resemble vitamins and either have no taste or are coated with a berry or bubble gum flavor. Taking a ...


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Cancer center to open at Glenwood hospital

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — As if cancer diagnosis and treatment aren’t traumatic enough for patients, for residents of Garfield and Pitkin counties it also often has meant weeks of daily trips to Grand Junction or Eagle County for radiation sessions. “It’s every Monday through Friday, making the drive,” said Deb Wiepking, chief clinical officer for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. But Valley View is about to change that, with the scheduled opening of the ...


Health Brief, June 19, 2012

By Staff

GV Surgical Center accredited Grand Valley Surgical Center LLC, 710 Wellington Ave., Suite 21, has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The association awards accreditation to ambulatory care centers based on a self-assessment and an on-site survey conducted by the association. Facilities that are accredited must meet national quality health care standards set by the association. An ambulatory health care facility does not have to seek ...


St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for cancer research

By Emily Shockley

Jim Hamlin and his wife, Harriet Carmine, are going bald for her son, Neal Carmine. Neal lost his hair during treatment after he was diagnosed nearly six years ago with Ewing Sarcoma, a childhood bone cancer. At age 26, Neal, a Denver computer programmer who worked at the Pepsi Center, was one of the unlucky 10 percent who get Ewing Sarcoma after their teen years. He passed away in July 2007, just shy of his 27th birthday. After Neal’s death, Hamlin and his wife, who moved from ...


Health Briefs, June 12, 2012

By Staff

Massage fundraiser to aid cancer patient A fundraiser to help local Leukemia patient Zachariah Walker pay his medical expenses will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St. The “Bucks for Bowen” event will offer participants a Bowen therapy massage from a local certified therapist for a donation of $20 or more. All proceeds will go to Walker’s treatment. A Bowen therapy massage involves a therapist using his or her thumbs and fingers to ...


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Varicose vein procedure gets new name

By Emily Shockley

The procedure isn’t new but the name is. Venefit, known as VNUS Closure Procedure until a couple months ago, collapses an improperly-functioning vein to relieve varicose vein symptoms. Dr. Brad Baldwin of Surgical Associates of Western Colorado, 1060 Orchard Ave., has performed the surgery for about seven years, by his estimate. He wants to get the word out about the new name and the growing popularity of the procedure. Venefit, which got a new name this spring after the procedure ...


Health Briefs, June 5, 2012

By Staff

B4 Babies moving to county building Hilltop program B4 Babies & Beyond will move Wednesday from the Child and Family Center at 2897 North Ave. to the Mesa County Community Services Building at 510 29 1/2 Road. B4 Babies & Beyond assists expectant mothers and mothers of infants with doctor’s appointments, nutrition, health, translation services, transportation and access to health care coverage. The move will place B4 Babies closer to related services at the Mesa County ...


16 local dentists named among best in Colorado

By Staff

Sixteen Grand Valley oral health professionals are included in 5280 Magazine’s 2012 list of Colorado’s top dentists. The Denver-based magazine produces a list of the state’s top dentists each year. The magazine plucks the list from a database called topDentists that allows dentists to nominate colleagues based on education, experience, techniques, results and rapport with patients. This year’s list features 598 dentists, including one from Fruita and 15 from ...


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Local women cycle to raise awareness of Huntington’s

By Emily Shockley

For the 14th consecutive year, Grand Junction residents Marie Nemec and Charlotte Reicks are traveling to the annual Huntington’s Disease Society of America Convention. As usual, they will get there by bike. Nemec, 68, and Reicks, 76, raise money each year by asking a mailing list full of supporters nationwide to pledge money to the Huntington’s society if the pair bikes to the convention’s various locations, which have included Oklahoma City, San Diego, Phoenix, ...


Celiac disease controls lives of most severe sufferers

By Emily Shockley

For some people gluten-free eating is a trend. For people like Clifton resident Angela Wetzel, it’s a life-saver. Wetzel, 36, was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly three years ago, three months after her father received the same diagnosis. The autoimmune disorder can run in families and makes those with celiac ill if they ingest gluten, a protein composite found in foods processed with wheat and related grains. Wetzel said more people are learning what celiac is, but she hopes ...


Health Brief, May 22, 2012

By Staff

Marillac Clinic director wins award Marillac Clinic Executive Director Steve Hurd is one of 15 recipients of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved’s Health Care Champion Awards. Hurd received the honor May 15 at an award ceremony in Denver. Other recipients this year included former Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher and former Colorado governors Bill Ritter and Dick Lamm.  ...


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Scenic classmates help student with diabetes

By Emily Shockley

Ten-year-old Calvin Vaughn knows all the names for his shots. One, Lantus, helps keep his blood sugar level throughout the day. The other, Humalog, is fast-acting and helps regulate his blood sugar level on a more case-by-case basis. Vaughn learned the names of these shots after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2012. He tests his blood every two hours when he’s awake and sometimes during the night to see if he needs an insulin injection. Unlike Type 2 ...


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