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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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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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