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Specialists taking place of family physicians at hospital

By Greg Ruland

The days when family doctors make rounds at the hospital are drawing to a close, especially at St. Mary’s Hospital, where a highly trained group of specialists known as hospitalists is taking over 90 percent of a patient’s primary care needs upon admission. Members of the fastest growing medical specialty in the U.S., hospitalists streamline stays for patients, coordinate specialty care and medications and work on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They share primary ...

Health briefs, Sept. 2, 2014

By Staff

Community Hospital plans new cancer center Community Hospital announced Friday that Dr. Joanne Virgilio, a medical oncologist, Dr. Ruth Higdon, a gynecological/oncology surgeon, and Michael Appel, an oncology pharmacist, will join Community Hospital in December, in conjunction with the hospital’s plan to develop a new cancer program. Community Hospital has also signed a letter of intent with the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute to explore partnership ...


By Staff

Two new staffers hired at Rimrock Chiropractic Dr. Greg C. Haitz and staff at Rimrock Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center, 2695 Patterson Road, recently welcomed Allie Unrast and Taelour Wagler to their practice. Unrast is joining the team as a chiropractic assistant and receptionist who has several years of experience and “possesses exceptional customer service skills,” Haitz said. Wagler joined the office as the new massage therapist. She is a graduate of ...


Full-body workouts

By Greg Ruland

Fitness junkies could labor an hour or so at most Grand Valley ranches to sculpt the same sets of muscles a functional training workout strengthens, but without the medicine balls, kettlebells or intimidating trainer pushing them to pick up the pace. Instead of being paid to rope, throw and brand cattle, however, many local office workers pay $80 a month or more to whack giant ropes against an exercise mat, heave weighted objects into the air and row a machine 500 strokes in one minute on ...


By Staff

Health summit today for small businesses The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Health Care Summit for area employers today at Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 
29 1/2 Road. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., and the program starts at 7:30 a.m. The purpose of the summit is to assist small businesses as they look at how best to help their employees manage their health care in the new environment created by the Affordable Care Act.  The first year of operation ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 12, 2014

By Staff

Gentiva ‘harvesting’ at clinics for food banks Staff members from Gentiva Home Health will distribute food collection bags and gather donations for Food Bank of the Rockies as part of the company’s 10th annual food drive, company officials said in a news release. Gentiva employees are placing the food collection bags at various health care facilities in Grand Junction and elsewhere across the country. They will collect their “harvest” during the month of ...


Debate rages over benefits, drawbacks of e-cigarettes

By Greg Ruland

Anti-smoking crusaders concede electronic cigarettes deliver less tar and other damaging chemicals than the traditional nicotine delivery devices, which use paper and tobacco. They agree, even though no published studies yet prove it. It’s just common sense, local vendors of the products argue.  Electronic cigarettes don’t burn chemically infused tobacco. Instead, they heat a concoction of flavored water and propylene glycol into a vapor that can be inhaled, said Judah ...


Maj. Philip Latteier treats Dominican patients for free while serving in reserves

By Greg Ruland

Maj. Philip Latteier cut a gallant figure in black and white camouflage during a June deployment to the Dominican Republic, but it was the U.S. Army reservist’s successful humanitarian mission there that drew the most attention. A husband and father, the 37-year-old Latteier practices dentistry at Crested Oak Dentistry, 2532 Patterson Road. In one photo, Latteier smiles for the camera in khakis, boots and helmet despite the perspiration he said sometimes poured down the back of his ...


Strive, behavior analyst Patti Hoffman offer a tool kit for parenting

By Greg Ruland

Behaviorists see the common thread that ties all negative behaviors of children together. Extreme negative behaviors, like threatening Dad with a knife, are inspired by the same ideas that lead to routine negative behaviors, like arguing with Mom about doing the dishes. Though different by degree, all negative behaviors are rooted in one of four basic human motivations, said Patti Hoffman, board-certified behavior analyst, citing 50 years of scientific study. “They want ...

American Cancer Society to host informational meeting

By Staff

The American Cancer Society will host a “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” kickoff rally and informational meeting at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at Old Chicago, 120 North Ave., to share details about its upcoming community walk. Now is the time to get involved in the Mesa County walk, slated for Oct. 11. To participate in the kickoff call Jocelyn Martinez at 254-5584 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') ...

Health Briefs, July 15, 2014

By Staff

Children discover abilities at camp Children with physical and cognitive disabilities are getting a chance to enjoy a summer camp filled with activities, thanks to Colorado Discover Ability, volunteers from Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates and St. Mary’s Hospital. “Camp Freedom is very special to us,” said Mike Zamora, outreach coordinator for the orthopaedic practice. “Colorado Discover Ability works hard to give children with these disabilities an ...


HopeWest receives perfect scores from regulators

By Greg Ruland

HopeWest earned perfect scores from state regulators during an unannounced, three-day, on-site inspection at the care center last month, hospice officials said. Scores of 100 percent in every survey category, particularly after an unscheduled visit, are rare, if not unheard of, CEO Christy Whitney said. The hospice’s perfect survey conducted by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment means the hospice may continue its operations without any changes in policies or ...

Fruita hospital plans new location at Choice Hotels site

By Greg Ruland

Another area hospital has entered the fray over health care market share by announcing plans to expand in Fruita and on Orchard Mesa. Family Health West confirmed last week it purchased for an undisclosed amount the former headquarters of Choice Hotels International, a 14,000-square-foot building located at 2697 U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. The 16-bed hospital located in Fruita is now considering how best to offer medical services at the Orchard Mesa location for people who reside at ...

Health Briefs July 1, 2014

By Staff

Palisade teens to serve
on drug prevention council   
    A new Colorado drug-prevention organization announced the members of its Teen Action Council for the 2014-2015 school year, including two students from the Grand Valley. Kiyanna Maestas and Kiara Morrison, both of Palisade High School, were selected to work with the Rise Above Colorado program. Most of the 24 high school students from across the state who are involved in the group have personally ...

Commuters shift gears to 2 wheels

By Greg Ruland

People who regularly ride their bike to work oil knee joints, improve physical health and keep the pounds off with every pump of the pedals, fitness experts say. Across the nation since 2000, the number of people riding a bike to work has increased by more than 40 percent. In Colorado, tens of thousands bike to work each day in cities on the Front Range — about 20,000 in Boulder and Denver alone, according to “Governing,” a national magazine for government ...


Getting healthy on the mats

By Greg Ruland

To serious martial arts experts, Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” may be among the most influential works, quickly followed by “Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method,” or perhaps “Modern Army Combatives,” by Matt Larsen, according to But for ninja novices, such pop icons as “Kung Fu Panda,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “The Karate Kid” are far more influential, said Bill Brasette, founder of Seibo-Kan ...


One doctor’s cutting-edge payment plan could cost him

By Greg Ruland

Dr. Craig Gustafson loves his patients and wants to continue treating their health care needs, but he’s quitting health insurance. Gustafson regrets the inconvenience, but the change in business practice he proposes may force some patients to choose between their health insurance and a continuing doctor-
patient relationship with the well-established Grand Junction physician. Gustafson and an associate, Alex Chaffetz, told an overflow crowd of about 250 patients in two ...

Health Briefs, June 10, 2014

By Staff

HopeWest expands services to Meeker HopeWest, a comprehensive hospice and palliative care organization serving western Colorado, recently expanded palliative care services to Meeker. Recognizing the need to provide services to the Meeker area, HopeWest created HopeWest Meeker through a partnership with Pioneers Medical Center.  HopeWest Meeker is governed by a local advisory board under the guidance of the HopeWest board of directors. The organization is made up of more than ...

Health Briefs, June 3, 2014

By Staff

Ex-St. Mary’s CEO retires after 25 years Longtime senior executive Robert W. Ladenburger, executive vice president of hospital operations for SCL Health System and President and CEO of Exempla Healthcare, has retired. No successor has been chosen, SCL Health announced. Ladenburger, a well-known figure in Colorado health care, joined SCL Health in 1999 as president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, where he served until 2010. During this time, St. Mary’s became ...


Ancient remedies provide modern therapies

By Greg Ruland

People who seek treatment from experts in Chinese medicine are finding it easier to locate the specialists they need, according to one of Grand Junction’s leading complementary health care providers. The reason is large, nationally respected hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio are relying more frequently on the ancient teachings to treat their patients, said April Schulte-Barclay, founder of Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, 2139 North 12th St. Schulte-Barclay ...

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