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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 ...


Natural birthing center provides a choice for expectant mothers

By Greg Ruland

Fathers brave enough to help birth their children inevitably concede mothers are the stronger sex. The painful birth process that mothers often endure proves it, said the owners of a new, independent birthing center in Grand Junction. The experience presents medical hazards for mother and child, risks some believe are too great to bring a child into the world any place but at a hospital. That is a valid and reasonable choice, they said. But other mothers want options. They believe the ...


Testing the water

By Greg Ruland

The cloudy, amber liquid in a clear, plastic bottle looked more like urine than potable water, but it was drawn from a private well used by somebody’s family for bathing and drinking. The well, situated in an undisclosed location, is just one of the thousands of water sources in 18 counties routinely tested by the Mesa County Health Department Regional Lab, health officials said last week. Water may come from as far away as Utah to be tested at the Mesa County lab, officials ...

Health Briefs, May 25, 2014

By Staff

Reporting elder abuse to be mandatory As of July 1 of this year, reporting elder abuse will be required by Colorado state law. Before July, Coloradans will need to know who is a mandatory reporter and how to report suspected abuse, Mesa County officials said. Mesa County Department of Human Services is offering training on mandatory reporting of at-risk elder abuse, neglect and exploitation on from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room 1060 in the Department of Human Services ...


Healthy school foods pass inspection

By Greg Ruland

All 37 School District 51 kitchens sailed through a rigorous state inspection last month certifying the district’s made-from-scratch menu meets all health and nutrition standards required by law, school officials said. The inspection was part of the state’s stepped-up enforcement of school nutrition and food safety guidelines outlined in the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. With a menu created by district nutritionists and a local dietician, the food produced at the ...


There is no fast track to good health, doctor says

By Greg Ruland

There is no secret key that suddenly unlocks the pathway to a healthy life, according to Dr. Scott Rollins, a Grand Junction doctor who specializes in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. “We can’t have instant success, instant loyalty or trust, instant weight loss, or instant health,” Rollins said. “Success starts with a desire, a vision, and a plan.” The medical doctor, who is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of ...

Health Briefs, May 6, 2014

By Staff

New imager is state of the art Family Health West is one of the first hospitals in western Colorado to offer three-dimensional mammography to its patients, the hospital announced last week. Known as tomosynthesis mammography, the tool incorporates state-of-the-art imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast tissue images, the hospital said. “This not only improves the ability to detect breast cancer, but also decreases the need for additional examinations so often ...


Fashion show raises money for free clinic

By Greg Ruland

Locally owned Pollux Clothing Co. staged a fashion show at the Elks Lodge on Saturday to raise money for a nonprofit group that provides free health care to the Grand Valley’s uninsured and under-insured population. Forty percent of ticket sales from the show were donated to the clinic, said Brittany Watson, Pollux general manager. Receipts from the event were still being tallied Monday, Watson said. It was the store’s first fashion show fundraiser, Pollux founder and owner ...

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