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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 ...

Health Briefs, April 21, 2015

By Staff

Pedicures are enjoyable, 
yet risky, local doctor says Sandal season is back and so is the desire for pretty, pedicured toes. Whether treating yourself to a pedicure at home or at a salon, make sure you’re playing it safe, said Dr. Charles J. Daniel, owner of Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center. “Pedicures can be very enjoyable, but they can also be quite harmful if not done properly,” Daniel said in a news release. “We see an increase in fungal and viral ...


Testicular cancer 
can be curable 
if detected early

By Greg Ruland

A purple satin ribbon secures the homemade, three-panel display about Frank Born, a Grand Junction restaurant manager who fought against cancer of the testicles until it took his life in November. Born’s mother, Fran, made the display using large, colorful photos of her son to help tell his story. Though Fran Born has been a fine arts teacher in Mesa County schools for more than 32 years, the display could be her most precious artwork. Born’s tragedy in pictures begins with a ...

Health Briefs, April 14, 2015

By Staff

Faith-nursing film screens May 5 in GJ Rocky Mountain Parish Health Ministry will present information about the specialty practice of faith community nursing for interested registered nurses who practice on the Western Slope starting at 4 p.m. May 5 at Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Center, room 156.  “The American Nurse: Healing America” by Carolyn Jones will be screened. Email Elaine Taylor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= ...


This could really tick you off

By Duffy Hayes

he unseasonably warm weather this year is drawing more and more folks out into the area’s great outdoor spaces. The early spring also is bringing forth others who enjoy the warmth — namely, potentially disease-carrying wood ticks. Health officials warned last week that the tiny critters may be on the rise statewide and getting more active much earlier this year. Thomas Orr, regional epidemiologist with the Mesa County Health Department, said the troubling ticks like ...

Briefs, April 7, 2015

By Staff

Advance Care Planning offers end-of-life seminars The Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force will sponsor an educational discussion featuring The Conversation Project, an initiative to encourage conversations about end-of-life wishes. The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. 
April 14 and repeated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Saccomanno Center at St. Mary’s Hospital. Check-in for each presentation will begin at 11:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., respectively. These sessions are ...


JOINT Resolution

By Greg Ruland

he pain in her hands, feet and other joints was so great, a local woman said she understood why some people in the same situation might consider suicide. “I had to stay in bed 18 hours every day, but I never considered (suicide), thank God. I sure can understand why some people would,” she said. A lifelong Grand Valley resident, the woman asked not to be identified, but volunteered to share her story in hopes of encouraging others to keep fighting. “You can’t ...

Health Brief, March 31, 2015

By Staff

Blossom Bariatrics adds to counseling services Blossom Bariatrics has partnered with Krista Carpenter of Lotus Counseling to provide additional pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery counseling. Performing more than 30 surgeries per week, Dr. Tom Umbach of Blossom Bariatrics saw the need for extra psychological support for his patients. The practice has long provided support groups and access to an individual therapist, but a need for added services was identified given the ...


Something to SNEEZE at

By Greg Ruland

n early barrage of pollen from elm, juniper and cottonwood trees has exploded across Mesa County, overwhelming many allergy sufferers with the unpleasant fallout. Patient waiting rooms filled up with people draining, dripping, coughing and sneezing from tree allergies about one month sooner than normal, a local allergist said. “It’s almost a full month early because of the light winter,” said Dr. David Scott of Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado. “The ...


Building with compassion

By Greg Ruland

More than a decade ago, a Grand Junction health care provider with advanced nursing skills recognized a regional medical need and founded his own company to fill it. What started in a small, one-room office in Grand Junction has grown so much since 2002 that it now takes the entire top floor of a large office building to headquarter all of the company’s top administrators and staff. The growth of Critical Nurse Staffing (CNS) from a local to a regional agency is partly because of ...


Must ‘C’ TV

By Greg Ruland

Scores of lucky Grand Valley residents will get an advance look Thursday at the latest film produced by Ken Burns for Public Broadcasting Service called “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies.” The event at Colorado Mesa University is sold out, Rocky Mountain PBS officials said Monday. St. Mary’s Hospital is a leading sponsor of the program, which includes a showing of film highlights followed by a panel discussion with local cancer experts. The film and panel will ...

HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: March 17, 2015

By Staff

32 nurses were honored at Nightingale banquet Thirty-two nurses representing 12 organizations were honored as nominees at the annual Nightingale Western Colorado award banquet earlier this month. Christy Whitney, CEO of HopeWest, and Steve ErkenBrack, CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, emceed the event, which included a silent auction to benefit nursing scholarships, and a special speaker, Scott Burton, author of “A Life in the Balance.” All nominees were presented ...


Triumph over trauma

By Greg Ruland

A nasty bump on the head is often called a concussion, but a local medical expert said he wished more people called it by its right name — traumatic brain injury. People who suffer concussions experience different degrees of damage to their brains. Not all concussions are equal, said Dr. Danny Mistry, a sports medicine specialist at Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “A concussion is a head injury followed by symptoms,” Mistry said. “It could be headache. ...

HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: March 9, 2015

By Staff

Two registered nurses will intern in hospice program HopeWest is launching a registered nurse internship program, the hospice and palliative care center announced recently. The program has been designed to support recently graduated registered nurses with an interest and passion for hospice and palliative care. Many new graduate nurses have difficulty finding work in specialty areas like intensive care and hospice care because of limited hands-on experience. Specialized areas of ...

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