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Homeless get health help at Day Center

By Emily Shockley

Laundry machines, storage lockers and showers have been a staple of Catholic Outreach’s Day Center for years. Now, regular access to health care at the center is becoming an increasingly popular amenity at 302 Pitkin Ave. The homeless service center is open from 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Mondays begin with a visit from a mental health therapist and a physician from Marillac Clinic. Marillac and Catholic Outreach co-wrote a grant to bring mental and medical health services to the ...


Health care job fair next week

By Emily Shockley

The Colorado Hospital Association and the National Healthcare Career Network will host a career fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive. Kellie Bonthron, employment-communications specialist for the Colorado Hospital Association, said the career fair will be a small event designed to connect home health, nursing and allied health professionals with six or more employers who are expected to have booths at the hotel. Colorado Christian University ...


Health Briefs, Feb. 21, 2012

By Staff

Rodwick named to national board John Rodwick, president of the Mesa County Board of Health and the Colorado Association of Local Boards of Health, recently was elected to the National Association of Local Boards of Health board of directors. The National Association of Local Boards of Health is a nationwide organization that informs and guides local boards of health and works to strengthen local public health boards through networking and banding together to address board ...


Fewer infections reported at Grand Junction hospitals

By Emily Shockley

Two local hospitals recorded a dozen or fewer patients who developed infections while at those hospitals between Aug. 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011, according to an annual report on hospital-acquired infections. St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital recorded hospital-acquired infections in 12 and nine patients, respectively, during that time, according to this year’s “State of Colorado Status Report on the Health Facility-Acquired Infections Disclosure ...


Health briefs: Jan. 24, 2012

By Staff

Register early for health fair screenings Early blood-draw appointments through the Grand Valley Health Fair will take place during a five-day period in mid-February. To sign up for an appointment to have blood drawn for low-cost blood-chemistry screenings, register online Jan. 30, Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 at mesahealth.org or call 888-217-1215 from a cell phone or 211 from a land line between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days. The health fair will take place March 16 and 17 at Central ...


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Dentist helps give back smiles to victims of domestic violence

By Emily Shockley

It can be hard enough for a person who has experienced domestic violence to find a reason to smile. If that person suffered broken teeth because of domestic violence or let an oral-health problem escalate because arriving at the dentist with other injuries would be embarrassing, smiling can be even more uncomfortable. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation saw the need to help people fix oral problems related to domestic violence and created the Give Back a ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 17, 2012

By Staff

Montrose County to host radon classes Montrose County Health & Human Services will host free radon awareness and prevention classes this month. This week, the department will host a class from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Health & Human Services boardroom, 1845 S. Townsend Ave., and noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Montrose Regional Library, 320 S. Second St. Next week, classes will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Health & Human Services boardroom and from noon to 1 ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 10, 2012

By Staff

Nursing Homes get satisfaction awards The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, San Juan Living Center in Montrose and Paonia Care & Rehab Center in Paonia are among the nine Colorado long-term care facilities who earned a national 2010–11 Excellence in Action award. Residents and their families and care-center employees took a survey administered by independent research firm My InnerView. The same survey was administered in 5,500 U.S. care facilities. The nursing ...


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Massage school opens on Orchard Mesa

By Emily Shockley

So far, Essentials Therapeutic Massage School graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on national massage-therapy exams. School owner Rob Smith hopes to continue that trend when he reopens the school to students this month in a new location at 557 U.S. Highway 50. Smith moved the school to Grand Junction from Montrose in November and hopes to start classes this week. Students must pass a national exam after taking a massage-therapy program in order to practice massage. Smith said he owes ...


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New Year’s weight loss shouldn’t be a pain

By Emily Shockley

It’s the time of year to get in shape, get healthy, but some people will drop those first two goals after a workout-related injury dulls their appeal. New Year’s resolutions can lead to New Year’s pain if people don’t attack a weight-loss goal properly. Dr. David Hansen of Brady Chiropractic Group, 514 28 1/4 Road, said weight loss is one of the top resolutions people make each year, but they don’t always pursue that resolution the right way. “Most ...


Health Briefs, Dec. 20, 2011

By Staff

RM Orthopaedic opens new clinic Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates opened an in-house, outpatient, physical-therapy clinic Dec. 5 at 627 25 1/2 Road. Physical therapist Bryan Whitesides will serve as the clinic’s physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist. Whitesides specializes in evaluating and treating orthopedic injuries and has nearly two decades of experience in physical therapy. Community’s Home Health gets grant The Colorado Hospital Association ...


Holiday food doesn’t have to mean holiday weight gain

By Emily Shockley

Maintaining weight can be tricky, and losing weight can be a laughable prospect during the holidays. In the span of two months, weight-conscious Americans battle the temptations of Halloween candy, then struggle to decide how much stuffing and pumpkin pie to load on their Thanksgiving plates. Next, it’s time to fight the urge to plunk every gingerbread man or frosted sugar cookie someone brings to the office into their mouths, and, finally, one last battle against high-calorie ...


Medicare recipients saved on drugs, preventative care in ‘11

By Staff

The average Colorado Medicare enrollee saved $561 in prescription drug costs so far this year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 29,186 Coloradans with Medicare drug coverage this year saved nearly $16.4 million on prescriptions in the first 11 months of 2011. As of the end of November, 260,715 Coloradans with Medicare received preventative health care for free. Preventative care coverage and discounts on prescription drugs through Medicare are part of ...


Health Briefs, Dec. 13, 2011

By Staff

Community offers diabetes classes Community Hospital offers a new series of diabetes-education classes from 10 a.m. to noon on the first four Thursdays of each month. The two-hour classes involve certified diabetes educators teaching participants how to take care of themselves in effective and healthy ways. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Participants need a physician’s order to attend the classes. Call 256-6378 for more information or to schedule an ...


Health Briefs: Dec. 6, 2011

By Staff

Local volunteers receive MS awards The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently honored four Grand Junction residents and St. Mary’s Life Center during its annual recognition for volunteers. Lori Wilson was named Western Slope Volunteer of the Year. Valerie Kennedy is Events Volunteer of the Year for planning Walk MS Grand Junction and supporting the Dinner of Champions. Laurie Reiser was named Programs Volunteer of the Year for helping create ...


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The Commons to add wing for seniors with dementia

By Emily Shockley

The Commons of Hilltop at 625 27 1/2 Road is scheduled to open a new wing for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in January. The wing, on the retirement community’s first floor, will have 11 apartments. The area will look like other parts of the building with one key difference: It will be locked. That’s to prevent patients who get confused from wandering out of the building and getting lost, according to Cathy Story, director of The Commons. Story said only ...


Health Briefs: Nov. 15, 2011

By Staff

Three new physicians join Hospice Three physicians have joined Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado: Dr. Paul Cooper, Dr. Heidi Marlin and Dr. Julie Query. Cooper is a Harvard Medical School graduate who completed his family medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital and worked at Community Hospital and Western Valley Family Practice before joining the Grand Valley Hospice team. Marlin and Query will work with the Delta County Hospice & Palliative Care of Western ...


Junction part of health care documentary to air on PBS

By Emily Shockley

Grand Junction’s health care system will be the focus Feb. 16 when PBS stations nationwide air “U.S. Health Care: The Good News.” The documentary explores health care systems in Grand Junction, Everett and Seattle, Wash., and Lebanon, N.H. Producer and independent filmmaker Lisa Hartman of Denver-based Photopia Productions said she knew she wanted to make a documentary about health care even before the June 2009 release of a New Yorker article listing Grand Junction as ...


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Diabetes Counts brings kids, parents together

By Emily Shockley

It can be tough to be the only kid in class who tests blood sugar. But nobody stares when a child pulls out a testing kit at Diabetes Counts, a local support group for kids with Type 1 diabetes and their parents. The group assembled in May and allows parents to chat while their kindergarten through 12th-grade children bond over activities and a shared condition. Ten-year-old Lilly Carson said during a Diabetes Counts gathering Friday at Angelo’s Pottery that fellow students and her ...


Hilltop now offering home-care services to non-Hilltop residents

By Emily Shockley

Hilltop Home Care employees expect the baby boom generation doesn’t want to become the nursing home generation. That’s part of the reason Hilltop’s in-home care services, offered only to people with brain injuries and seniors living in Hilltop’s assisted-living facilities for the last 26 years, are now offered to people throughout the community. The expansion to offering home care throughout the community prompted Hilltop Home Care to hire 15 new employees during ...


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