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Critically understaffed Marillac hires 
5 new doctors, expects more to come

By Greg Ruland

With three new doctors expected Sept. 1 and two more the following month, Marillac Clinic has managed to hire five of the 10 medical staff it needs to meet its goal of nearly doubling its patient load to 10,000 before the end of 2016. The clinic has been critically understaffed since July with only Dr. John Whiteside, medical director, and Dr. Erica Lovett available to treat patients. In part because of the shift to a high-volume, more business-like and professional organization, ...


Physicians in training remain patient

By Greg Ruland

survey by the popular online website Medscape asks, “Are Residents Happy?” The answer from medical residents — doctors in training — is generally yes, according to the national survey published last week. That also was the consensus of two doctors starting their third and final year at St. Mary’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Many of the 24 residents enrolled in the regional residency program reflect the results of the national survey, doctors ...

HEALTH BRIEFS: Aug. 4, 2015

By Staff

Mind Springs on final list for ‘Top Company’ award Mind Springs Health, the largest provider of mental health and substance abuse therapy and services on the Western Slope, was named a finalist in the ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards in the state, according to a news release. ColoradoBiz, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to covering the economy, business, finance and technology of the state, has recognized top companies ...

Preserving the sounds 
of summer

By Sponsored Content

Sponsored by Colorado West Audiologists Summertime in western Colorado is rich with opportunities for enjoying a host of outdoor activities from A-Z (ATV-ing to zip-lining). Most people remember to protect their skin from the high desert sun but how many of us remember to protect our hearing? While sunshine is great for our mood and offers a fun time to enjoy our favorite activities, it’s important to remember that many popular summer happenings can be hazardous to our ears. ...


Medicare: Four local nursing homes ‘below average’

By Greg Ruland

More than one-third of nursing homes within 50 miles of Grand Junction received a “below average” or “much below average” rating from the federal government based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures, according to Medicare. A review of data at shows that of the nine, four received an overall “below average” rating. Two of those were rated “much below average” based on deficient health ...

Health and Wellness briefs: July 28, 2015

By Staff

Six-week nurse aide class starting up CNAs are always in demand and you can start a medical career or assist your loved ones, according to a news release. Enroll in an evening Nurse Aide Class starting Aug. 24 and become a Certified Nurse Aide. The fee is $975. The six-week course takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Stop by the Mesa County Workforce Center for information and to see if tuition reimbursement is available. Call 434-5474 for details and to ...


Relief from depression can be a ‘THUMP’ away

By Gary Harmon

rapid series of barely perceptible thumps on the right temple is bringing hope to patients who suffer from chronic depression, said a Grand Junction psychiatrist who is using electromagnetic pulses to fire up brain cells. Dr. Bob Sammons, a psychiatrist who has practiced in Grand Junction since 1988, has expanded Mesa Behavioral Care, 1400 N. Seventh St., to accommodate a therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation. Stimulating brain cells on the right side with a tiny ...


Mending a little heart

By Greg Ruland

ubrie Hughes of Grand Junction survived her first open heart surgery when she was 26 days old.     The procedure resulted in so many complications, the child was called on to demonstrate superhero healing powers in order to survive. Today, Aubrie is 9 months old. She is happy, lively and fun, thanks to excellent medical care and the love and support of her family. She may soon receive a Heart Hero Cape endorsing her superhero abilities thanks to several nonprofit ...


Health and Wellnes brief, July 7, 2015

By Staff

Bloomin’ Babies center accredited for 2nd year Bloomin’ Babies Birth Center, 2241 N. Seventh St., observed a one-year anniversary by becoming re-accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers late last month. “This means that the birth center continues to meet rigorous national standards put forth by the American Association of Birth Centers,” said Dick Kandicko, a spokesman for the practice. The standards require best practices in ...

High cost of cancer

By Greg Ruland

Mesa County’s self-funded health plan recorded another year of heavy losses in 2014, partly because of a significant increase in the number of county workers who ended up cancer patients. Mesa County paid $5.1 million for medical services in 2014. Of that, nearly $2 million went to cancer patients, said Chris Thomas, Community Hospital CEO. That means about 36 percent of all plan payments went to cancer patients last year, according to a study by CNIC Health Solutions, third-party ...

Despite another year of big payouts, Community Hospital claims county saved money with partnership p

By Greg Ruland

esa County’s self-funded health plan recorded another year of heavy losses in 2014, partly because of a significant increase in the number of county workers who ended up cancer patients. Mesa County paid $5.1 million for medical services in 2014. Of that, nearly $2 million went to cancer patients, said Chris Thomas, Community Hospital CEO. That means about 36 percent of all plan payments went to cancer patients last year, according to a study by CNIC Health Solutions, third-party ...


Health Briefs, June 23, 2015

By Staff

Fruita dentist named top in his field for sixth time Fruita dentist Gary Andreoletti has been named a 5280 magazine Top Dentist for the sixth time. In conjunction with the national firm topDentists, 5280 has assembled a comprehensive list of Colorado’s best dentists. To compile the winners, topDentists randomly polled Colorado ADA dentists and asked them to vote on the very best in their field. “I’m always so honored to receive this recognition by not only 5280 ...

Hearing aids and balance? There’s a link

By Sponsored Content

Sponsored by Colorado West Audiologists We hear plenty of talk about living a balanced life, in the metaphysical sense. We don’t, however, hear much noise about the importance of physical balance. Yet, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among “older” adults. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2013 nearly 3 million older adults were treated in Emergency Rooms, for injuries ...

Study: Local teens need access to medical care

By Greg Ruland

A study of teen health in Mesa County concluded three out of four Mesa County high schools could improve medical care by creating at least one “school-based health center,” but local health officials contend the study is wrong. Criteria used by the Colorado Health Institute placed Grand Junction, Central and Palisade high schools on a list of 100 “high need” urban high schools based on a dozen criteria. Six of the 12 criteria nudged the three School District 51 ...

Health Briefs, June 16, 2015

By Staff

‘Stress: Beyond Coping’ starts today A six-session series on how to cope with stress starts at 7 p.m. today at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 730 Mesa Ave. Dr. Skip McCarty will conduct the Tuesday night series, “Stress: Beyond Coping.” The series continues through July 21, according to a news release. Call 628-4556 for information. Untreated veins can cause big problems   More than 30 million people are living with undiagnosed varicose veins, according to ...


Filling the gap

By Greg Ruland

There’s a nursing shortage in Colorado that will only get worse over the next three years as an estimated 6,300 nurses age out and retire from the system — a number greater than 10 percent of the state’s current population of working nurses, according to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. The state needs to graduate around 3,000 nurses a year to keep up, but a variety of circumstances limits what Colorado’s 13 nursing colleges can do about it. That ...


Group seeks to educate parents on safe sleeping environments

By Greg Ruland

Twice as many Mesa County babies died from unsafe sleep practices in 2014 than the year before, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office reported. Two infants die in Mesa County each year on average because of an unsafe sleep environment, so when the coroner reported earlier this year that four died in 2014, the Mesa County’s Child Fatality Review Team took action. The review team’s job is to review all preventable child deaths in Mesa County, said Dr. Patrice Whistler of ...

Health Briefs, May 26, 2015

By Staff

Federation of blind meets third Saturday The Grand Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind meets every third Saturday of the month at The Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Transportation and refreshments are provided. Meetings start at 10:30 a.m. and run until approximately 12:30. Resources are discussed as well as issues and activities relevant to the Grand Valley. Many committees are in need of members who can either chair or share ideas.  Call Cassidy at ...


‘I love all my patients,’ says top caregiver of the year

By Greg Ruland

Making people feel safe, comfortable and loved is the job of a home health care provider. The task is made more difficult when — as is often the case — patients are significantly disabled or clinically depressed. Patients can be grouchy, especially when care involves trespassing into personal space and performing daily routines of an intimate nature, home health care providers say. Doctors do not normally perform these tasks, nor do nurses. Helping people in these situations ...


Noted researcher to give concussion talk in GJ

By Gary Harmon

Concussions are now top of mind, but there is a down side to all the attention on the trauma, said a leading expert on brain injuries. There is a “nationwide epidemic” of misinformation in the media and with patients and among clinicians about how to deal with concussions, said Dr. David Cifu, who heads the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and advises the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on dealing with brain trauma among ...

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