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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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Mitchell to take helm at Delta County Memorial

By Emily Shockley

Delta County Memorial Hospital’s new chief executive officer will begin work Oct. 17. Fort Collins resident John Mitchell will replace retiring CEO Tom Mingen, who still is working at the hospital for now and will help Mitchell transition into the position. Mitchell has worked in hospitals since 1985. He spent 14 years as a marketing and public relations employee for hospitals in Virginia, worked in operations for Centura Health in Pueblo for five and a half years, and served as ...


Health briefs: Sept. 20

By Staff

Social Security, Medicare tour coming AARP Colorado is touring Colorado to discuss Social Security and Medicare, among other subjects, with the state’s senior population as part of its Legislative Update for 2011. The tour will stop in Grand Junction from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in a meeting room on the first floor of the Mesa County Services Building, 510 19 1/2 Road. Those who plan to attend can register for the event by calling 1-877-926-8300. Attendees are asked to bring their ...


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Rangely set to open new hospital in 2013

By Emily Shockley

Construction will begin Monday on a new Rangely District Hospital in Rio Blanco County. Like the current hospital at 511 S. White Ave., the new hospital going in next door at 225 Eagle Crest Drive will have one level and 18 beds. Those beds are paired in nine rooms in the current hospital but will be spaced out in 14 rooms in the new facility. Private rooms are one of the few new offerings in the hospital, which will continue to operate a retail pharmacy, Rangely’s sole ...


Health Briefs, Sept. 13, 2011

By Staff

Three GJ dentists to offer free services Local dentists Julie Gillis, Kenneth Perino and Duane Weenig will sponsor the second annual Free Dental Day next week. The dentists will offer free dental X-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral cancer screenings on Sept. 23. Patients should arrive at 8 a.m. at Weenig’s office at 790 Wellington Ave., Suite 205, or at Gillis’ office at 1190 Bookcliff Ave., Unit 201, to participate in Free Dental Day. All services are ...


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Smoking-cessation center expands to larger office

By Emily Shockley

DC Stop Smoking Center will reopen in a new location Wednesday at 533 Bogart Lane, Unit E. The smoking-cessation business opened in June 2009 in a small office at 844 Grand Ave. Referrals from clients pumped up business over the last two years and led owners Dan and Cherlyn McGhee to select a new, larger location. The McGhees also opened a Denver office eight months ago. The center, which gets the first two letters of its name from a physician code for discontinued, offers ...


St. Mary’s nurse earns Patriot Award

By Emily Shockley

Whenever he had to be there for his country, his boss was there for him. National Guardsman Joe McBurney, 44, has worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for 11 years. Until about six months ago, when he transferred to the quality-improvement area, he worked for Nurse Manager Mary Ingalsbe in the cardiac unit of the hospital. When he needed to fulfill his obligation in the National Guard to serve one weekend each month and two weeks each year, she rearranged the work schedule without ...


Health Briefs, Aug. 16, 2011

By Staff

Give blood, get ice cream St. Mary’s Hospital will give a pint of ice cream to every person who donates a pint of blood in August. The “Pint for a Pint” blood drive is an annual event at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave. Anyone wishing to donate blood to the center can do so between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 7 a.m. and noon on Saturdays. Blood Drive organizer Jill Breman said drives are necessary to keep donations ...


Denver magazine lists 15 Grand Junction dentists among Colorado’s best

By Emily Shockley

Denver’s 5280 magazine recognized 15 Grand Junction oral-health professionals on its 2011 list of the top dentists in the state. The magazine draws its annual list from usatopdentists.com, which updates its database of thousands of dentists across the nation each year. The website compiles its list by asking dentists and oral-health specialists which dentist they would refer a patient to if needed, based on the other dentist’s experience, education, results, interaction with ...


Not all get school immunizations

By Emily Shockley

Back to school means back to the doctor for many Colorado students. Local students are expected to have a history of 16 immunizations by the time they enroll in 12th grade. Students in each grade are supposed to prove they have received or will soon receive the appropriate immunizations at school registration. But it’s not always that simple, according to District 51 Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin. A registered nurse checks immunization records each year for every kindergartner ...


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Grand Junction specialists perform eye surgeries in Peru

By Emily Shockley

A person seeing for the first time in years a day after his cataracts are removed. Parents thankful after their baby’s misaligned eyes are fixed. A child seeing properly for the first time after being fitted with her first pair of glasses. Local ophthalmologists Deborah Lenahan of Pediatric Eyecare of Western Colorado, 3150 N. 12th St., and Randy Rottman of Rottman Eye Care, 1190 Bookcliff Ave., have witnessed scenes like these repeatedly after numerous trips to provide eye care ...


Health department seeks survey info on teens’ sexual activity

By Amy Hamilton

Do you think sex education should be taught in schools? Have you talked with your teenagers about sex and sexually transmitted diseases? These are a couple of questions in a survey posed to the community by the Mesa County Health Department. The results of the 18-question, anonymous survey will be used to further prevention efforts for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, according to Kristy Emerson, director of prevention and education at the health department. The intent ...


Health briefs: Sleep tips, West Nile

By Staff

Tips to be offered on better sleeping Preferred Homecare will sponsor a free class on sleep apnea and other sleep disorders from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hospice Care Center, 3090B North 12th St. in Grand Junction. This month’s class will feature Ellen Mead, a therapist at the Rehabilitation Therapy Center. She will discuss how to get a good night’s sleep when dealing with chronic pain, joint pain and neck complications. She will demonstrate pillow support and strategies ...


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