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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 ...


Health briefs: Food safety, Hospice

By Staff

Reminder to practice food safety Because most summer weekends are filled with barbecues and picnics, the Mesa County Health Department is encouraging people to practice food safety. There are more than 250 foodborne diseases, the majority of which are infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. To be food safe at barbecues and picnics, the Mesa County Health Department encourages people to: Wash your hands with hot, soapy water before handling foods that won’t be cooked ...


Health briefs: Health center award, Caregiver support group

By Staff

Montrose health center wins award The Northside Child Health Center in Montrose recently won the 2011 Grantee Leadership Award. The $25,000 award is made in recognition of exemplary leadership by a current grantee of The Colorado Trust. The school-based Northside Child Health Center gives more than 800 children primary, oral and behavioral health care, from birth through high school. It opened in 2007 and 78 percent of its patients qualify for free or reduced meals. According to the ...


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Doctors get back together in new North Ave. practice

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Two physicians who started off their health care careers as residents together in the 1990s have joined forces anew in Grand Junction. Drs. Tarek Arja and Jeff Bowman are doing more than building a new practice. They’re working together on bringing their practice into the electronic age at 525 North Ave., in a building that has been given a new lease on life. About five years ago, Arja decided to move west from Limon, and ended up in the same building on the east end of the Grand ...


Health briefs: Free tests offered at Walgreens, Blood Donor Day

By Staff

Free health tests offered at Walgreens The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will come to the Western Slope on Thursday through Sunday, offering six free health tests valued at $100. The tests are total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose level, waist circumference and body mass index. They’re available to adults 18 and older and no appointment is necessary. Free one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults to take the health tests. The test times and ...


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