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Fruita woman rejoices after makeover

By Greg Ruland

Linda Reese’s body and soul journey started with a nominating letter from her daughter, Rebecca Fosmo, to Le MedSpa owner Paule Stiefler. “My mother is the sweetest and most caring woman you’d ever meet,” Fosmo wrote. “She was the oldest of eight children and her mom was a single mom (who) worked two jobs.” Reese’s family was “very poor” and she grew up charged with taking care of all of her brothers and sisters. “(She) never ...


MRI gone awry: Woman’s ordeal with estimates prompts billing warning

By Greg Ruland

That smacking sound of hand to head is often heard when medical bills show up in the mailbox. The headache-inducing statements can be difficult to digest, not only because the total due may seem excessive, but also because the lines and figures can be hard to decode. The people and systems responsible for generating medical bills suffer a similar frustration. Billing systems are complex. Every hospital, clinic and medical practice operates one. The complexity is compounded due to the ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 5, 2013

By Staff

Air watch begins in western Colorado Western Colorado’s wintertime air quality advisory program - the Western Slope Air Watch ­— began Friday. The program, which runs through Feb. 28, asks residents to voluntarily refrain from using wood stoves and fireplaces on days when there is a temperature inversion, which could trap wood smoke in the air. The program does not apply to residents who use gas logs, gas fireplace inserts or EPA-certified woodstoves and pellet stoves ...


Can-do cane gang: Impaired who want help can get it

By Greg Ruland

Hidden in midtown there’s a tall, white building that looks like a church where people claim as much independence as they have the courage to embrace. Some walk through the door on the arm of a friend. Others navigate with a distinctive white cane. A few waggle in on crutches or wheel in seated on a chair. Many use their hands to talk and some don’t talk much at all. Each bears a gift and a burden. The burden is usually obvious. The gifts could take months, even years, to ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 29, 2013

By Staff

Diabetes Information Night set for Fri. Diabetes Open House Information Night takes place Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. There will be vendors from the diabetes industry, experts from within the local medical community, published authors and professional speakers, according to a news release. At 6 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with nutrition experts, diabetes care professionals and persons successfully living with diabetes who will ...


Cancer survivors bravely stride fashion runway

By Greg Ruland

Nine brave women with flashing eyes, high hair and long legs sashayed the runway at The DoubleTree by Hilton last week, raised nearly $10,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and displayed the inner strength and beauty that makes them each a cancer survivor. Some of the first-time models had to overcome a measure of stage fright and self-doubt to take the fashion-forward walk at the Fourth Annual Survive Fashion Show, said Deanna Colaizzi, the foundation’s development ...


Effort at Farmers Market turns up what could be lifesaving marrow donor

By Greg Ruland

The power to chase away cancer was discovered in the jowls of a stranger who visited the Downtown Farmers Market on June 27. During a Be The Match marrow drive organized by a Grand Junction woman last summer, the unknown Samaritan — aged 18 to 44 — swiped a swab along the inside of his or her cheek and donated the DNA to a national registry. The age range of potential donors is restricted to 44 and younger because transplants from older donors have a reduced chance of ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 15, 2013

By Staff

Ultimate birth experience discussed Two Rivers Birth Services, Colorado Baby and Birth-n-Babies will host a seminar about the birth experience from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn, 205 Main St. A panel of mothers who have given birth in a variety of ways, including home birth, unmedicated birth in hospital, hypno-birth, and epidural birth, will discuss their experiences. The seminar is designed to empower women to create their ultimate birth experience, whatever that may be. ...


State commission to review health impacts of air quality

By Greg Ruland

A state commission charged with regulating air quality will launch a rulemaking process next month that could result in state regulations governing oil and gas emissions becoming more stringent than those imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, which regulates a variety of industries that impact air quality, will start a rulemaking process to review new air quality standards approved by the EPA. Colorado’s Regulation 7, ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 8, 2013

By Staff

Cancer survivors to model fashion The fourth-annual Survive Fashion Show will bring a variety of cancer survivors and their supporters together starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Doubletree by Hilton for “an incredible evening of hope, laughter and tears,” according to a news release. Brandi Eaton started the fashion show in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.  In 2012, Anewu Salon partnered with St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation to raise ...


Alternative practitioners embrace integrated health care model

By Greg Ruland

Integrated care — increasingly the preferred business model for traditional medicine — makes sense for practitioners of complementary healthcare, too, the founder of a Grand Junction healing center said. Caring for the whole person was an organizing principle for alternative healthcare providers long before traditional medicine recognized its value. April Schulte-Barclay, doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, took the idea to a new level when she founded Healing ...


Integrated care one key to cutting health care costs

By Greg Ruland

When economists and doctors talk about the health care business, the conversation can get so dense few have the patience or background to pay attention. Most folks just want to know what can be done to make them feel better and how much it will cost. The truth is, both conversations cover the same ground but use different words. For example, efficiency is a word economists like to use when they talk about making health care cheaper. Efficient health care means less expensive health care, ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 24, 2013

By Staff

Open house ends Healthy Aging Month Hilltop’s Senior Living Communities’ observation of Healthy Aging Month culminates in an open house starting at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the newly remodeled Wellness Room at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road. Refreshments will be provided. Hilltop’s wellness and activities coordinators will demonstrate the use of new equipment and provide additional information about Keep Moving, Stay Fit for Life, the center’s comprehensive ...


Program improving healthy habits one family at a time

By Greg Ruland

That baby may be bouncing, but not in a healthy way, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When Junior carries extra baby fat — more than big bones explain — it’s probably time to take a closer look at the child’s diet and exercise, even as early as the “terrible twos.” Appearance is not the issue. A healthy lifestyle, one that incorporates good nutrition and plenty of exercise, is the best way to head off disease. ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 17, 2013

By Staff

Brooks recognized for vein treatment The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine recently awarded Dr. Robert S. Brooks with diplomate status, signifying advanced training and experience in the care and treatment of veins. Less than 1 percent of all vein care professionals in the U.S. and Canada have earned certification from the board. Diplomates must complete required training and experience qualifications, meet continuing medical education requisites and pass a stringent ...


Retirements, graduate expectations aggravate health care shortage

By Greg Ruland

When Mesa County qualifies up to 7,000 more people for health benefits through Medicaid starting in 2014, expanded access to care could be jeopardized unless many more trained, experienced nurses show up to fill the scores of new nursing jobs expected to come open. The recession temporarily slowed demand for registered nurses with bachelor of science degrees, at least in Denver, but experts expect it to “blow wide open by 2015,” said Sarah Thompson, dean of the University of ...

Health Briefs, Sept .10, 2013

By Staff

Free medical tests at Hilltop on Sept. 19 Walgreens Way to Health Tour will provide a variety of free medical tests in Grand Junction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19. The free health tests, valued at more than $100, will measure cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. The tests will be administered at Hilltop Community Resources’ The Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road. Adults age 18 and ...


Pain relief under one roof started at Family Health West in 2005

By Greg Ruland

Virginia Highfill, who traveled from Crawford to Fruita in search of relief for the chronic, agonizing pain in her lower back and hip, looked into the eyes of Dr. Kenneth C. Lewis on Thursday and found hope. Lewis, a board-certified anesthesiologist who launched the Family Health West Outpatient Procedure Center, 551 Kokopelli Blvd. in Fruita, placed his hand on Highfill’s shoulder and explained the treatment she was about to undergo. Treating the whole person is the procedure ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 27, 2013

By Staff

Counselor joins Primary Care Partners A veteran nutritional counselor with 20 years of experience recently joined a division of a Grand Junction primary care practice, Primary Care Partners announced. Ray Jensen joined the Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Education division of Primary Care Partners, 3150 N. 12th St. In his role as a certified dietitian and diabetes educator, Jensen will participate in a program that provides counseling for weight loss, diabetes management, ...


Pain center to fill void in care

By Greg Ruland

The $4.5 million pain management center under construction near North First Street and Patterson Road is scheduled to open in the fall with the goal of treating the Western Slope’s large population of weekend warriors. DECA Health is a private development and management company owned exclusively by physicians that operates four other pain management centers across the Midwest. DECA plans to make the Grand Junction facility in the Corner Square development its flagship location, said ...

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