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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. ...


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 ...


GJ man says no ‘magic’ to his weight loss

By Emily Shockley

The red light never went off for Scott Martin. Not when he struggled through back surgeries and muscle strains. Not when he was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. Not even when he nearly had a heart attack and got two stents put in his arteries at St. Mary’s Hospital. A lack of activity combined with his appetite for cooking Paula Dean- and Emeril Lagasse-inspired treats helped Martin, once an avid outdoorsman, gradually pack on the pounds in his 40s and 50s. The ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 2, 2012

By Staff

Day Center recognized by foundation The Colorado Health Foundation’s KaleidosCOpe Project is providing Catholic Outreach’s Day Center with a $5,000 grant. The KaleidosCOpe Project is a statewide story-telling campaign that awards $5,000 grants to agencies currently receiving funding from the Colorado Health Foundation who submit videos describing how they are using funding to benefit people’s lives. The Day Center uses Colorado Health Foundation and other funding to ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 25, 2012

By Staff

Delta Memorial among 20 in Colorado recognized for breast feeding efforts Delta Memorial Hospital is among 20 Colorado hospitals honored Sept. 18 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for implementing best practices to support breast feeding. Hospitals that earn the Colorado Can Do 5! breast-feeding award have to implement five best practices: the baby stays in the same room as the mother in the hospital, the baby is fed only breast milk in the hospital, the baby ...


Thai Yoga Massage a unique offering in GJ

By Emily Shockley

Jill Whinnery found her passion for massage 25 years ago when she became a certified massage therapist shortly after graduating high school. Nearly two decades into her massage career, she discovered Thai Yoga Massage, a traditional Thai massage method that involves a therapist applying pressure to points along the body and holding a person in yoga postures. She quickly became hooked and passed two certification classes in Thai Yoga Massage at the White Lotus Foundation in her hometown of ...

Health Department offering flu shots

By Staff

Flu vaccines are now available at the Mesa County Health Department. Walk-in influenza vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department’s Fruita location, 215 N. Plum St. The vaccine comes in a nasal mist or shot form. The nasal vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 18, 2012

By Staff

Therapeutic art on display downtown Art created by homeless veterans as part of the “Art in Transition” therapeutic art program will be on diplay from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Market. Pieces will be displayed in front of Nepal Restaurant, 356 Main St. “Art in Transition” is made possible through a grant from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Catholic Outreach’s St. Martin Place teamed with local artsits to give former ...

LiveWell targets weight misconceptions

By Lory Pounder

Many people know their height down to the quarter inch. But when it comes to weight, self and societal perception may mean misclassifications of true health risks. A statewide study showed that Coloradans see obesity as someone else’s problem and are not recognizing if their numbers fall into a healthy weight, overweight or obese category. “They tended to think of obesity in terms of The Biggest Loser,” said John Hopkins, Grand Junction resident and chairman of the ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 11, 2012

By Staff

Flu shots offered to veterans The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center began its annual flu shot clinic last Wednesday and will continue to host a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout influenza season at the medical center, 2121 North Ave. Drive-through clinics will also be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Drive-through clinics allow veterans with limited mobility to get flu ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 4, 2012

By Staff

Walk to Cure Diabetes planned Sunday The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Counts and the Atchley Family will sponsor a Walk to Cure Diabetes this Sunday at Long Park. The goal of the walk is to raise $100,000 to help the research foundation cure Type 1 diabetes. If the fundraising goal is met, a professional will speak to families with children who have diabetes for free at a new, Community Hospital- and Diabetes Counts-hosted Type 1 Diabetes Family Camp next July on ...


GJ surgeon returns from African medical mission

By Emily Shockley

It would never get this bad in the United States. That’s what Grand Junction orthopedic surgeon Mark Luker thought when he saw some of the more severe cases of bone deformities and injuries in Tanzania during a medical mission trip there June 6–23. The eastern African nation was full of such cases, Luker said, because of poverty, a lack of advanced equipment and just 50 trained orthopedists in the country of 46 million. Luker, who has worked at Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 28, 2012

By Staff

Marathon seminar Wednesday A free training and injury prevention forum will be offered at 
6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Bicycle Studio at 2497 Power Road, No. 4, for runners preparing for the Rim Rock Marathon The marathon will take place Nov. 10 on Colorado National Monument. The forum will feature training advice from local physical therapist John Weirath and suggestions for avoiding the top five Rim Rock Marathon injuries from Bryce Christianson, a Grand Junction chiropractor ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 21, 2012

By Staff

Montrose food safety class canceled The Montrose County Health & Human Services Environmental Health Office has canceled a food safety class originally scheduled for today because of road closures associated with the Pro Cycle Challenge. The next class will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Montrose County Health & Human Services building at 1845 S. Townsend Ave. Classes also will take place Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Preregistration for a food safety class is required ...


Cancer survivors subject of film

By Penny Stine

When a young person is given a diagnosis of cancer, the standard response isn’t usually, “Thanks, this is going to change my life for the better.” Yet those who survive often say their diagnosis was like a gift. “After you manage to survive something like that, you can survive anything,” said Wilfredo Aqueron, a 35-year-old film student who also happens to be a cancer survivor and an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. “You’re going to get the ...


Woman plans 10,000-mile Harley ride to share testicular cancer info

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

When it comes to testicular cancer, it seems women have the balls to talk about it. “It’s easier to approach women and talk about testicles than men,” said Lorrie Sheley, who plans to start a nationwide 10,000-mile ride on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle this week to promote testicular cancer awareness. Sheley’s Biker For Balls tour will begin Friday, just one day after her 50th birthday, and will include all 48 continental states.  She’ll start in ...

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