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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 ...

Colorado health insurance marketplace nearly ready for Oct. 1

By Greg Ruland

Colorado may be leading other states as it readies for Oct. 1, the first day individuals and small businesses can enroll in new health plans designed to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. As one of 17 states to create its own health care insurance marketplace, Colorado is nearly ready for launch, though several issues remain, including increased premiums for some consumers and an online software program that does not allow communication between Colorado’s exchange and the ...


Caregivers need care too

By Greg Ruland

Untrained family members are usually the primary caregivers for aging and developmentally disabled relatives. Over the long haul, the work of feeding, bathing and transporting the infirm sometimes overwhelms those caregivers, impacting their feelings of satisfaction that come from providing much needed help to a loved one. That’s why caregivers need care too, said Dave Norman, Director of the Area Agency on Aging. To help, the agency is hosting an all-day conference for ...


Obamacare causes businessman to divest

By Greg Ruland

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the federal Affordable Care Act earlier this summer, a Grand Valley restaurant owner took dramatic steps to avoid paying the cost of mandated health insurance for his employees. Jeff Leany, owner of several Western Slope restaurants, including Starvin’ Arvin’s in Clifton, told a recent gathering of Freedom! Colorado, a local constitutional rights advocacy group, that he traded away ownership of three of his businesses to ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 13, 2013

By Staff

HopeWest among top employers Colorado State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management named HopeWest Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado one of the best companies to work for in Colorado. HopeWest took second place in the large-company category of the 2013 competition sponsored by the society. It was the third time HopeWest was recognized by the group. The result was determined by employees who completed a scientific survey that gauged a variety of human ...


Effort under way to promote idea that breast-feeding is normal

By Greg Ruland

The sound of tiny breaths drawn in rhythmic counterpoise to the smacking and slurping of a breast-fed infant may be among the most ancient and intimate ever heard. The bond forged at a mother’s breast could last a lifetime, but beyond the closeness the experience fosters, it is the emotional, psychological and physical benefits for both mother and child that motivate Grand Junction area experts to spread the word: Breast-feeding is normal. The Mesa County Breastfeeding Task Force, ...

Free clinic searches for new home

By Greg Ruland

Just when Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado thought it was safe to call its current headquarters home, the group that operates the nonprofit must search again for a new base of operations. The headquarters, owned by Mesa County Libraries, is under contract for sale. The library agreed to allow the clinic to operate in an office building it owns at 536 Ouray Ave., clinic Director Allison Blevins said. “They generously donated the space,” Blevins said. “They ...


Medical plaza could open early in 2014

By Greg Ruland

Construction of an 87,000-square-foot, $24 million medical building on the west side of Grand Junction is about six months from completion and under budget, thanks in part to the work of local contractors, spokesman Mitch Copeland said. Canyon View Medical Plaza, a joint venture between Community Hospital and more than a dozen physicians and physician specialty groups, could open its doors near the intersection of 24 and G roads as soon as January, Copeland said. Roughly 90 percent of ...

Health Briefs, July 30, 2013

By Staff

Wilderness responder course planned Colorado Wilderness Emergency Medicine Institute plans to offer a wilderness first-responder course over six days starting 
Aug. 2. The course is intended for wilderness professionals, trip leaders, guides, park rangers, professional rescuers and others who want a higher level of wilderness medical training. In addition to earning a nationally recognized certificate, participants may also obtain college credits through Western State College ...


Putting up with pain

By Greg Ruland

The coach’s refrain, “No pain, no gain,” often propels athletes to greatness, but as a mindset among the elderly, it may unnecessarily hamper quality of life. Many endure the pain of aging shoulders, knees and hips because they consider it the price of growing old, said Connie Estridge, clinical manager of St. Mary’s Hospital’s Orthopedic/Spine Center. Jan Burch, 74, of Grand Junction, a tough, take-charge type of person, may be one of those. A visit to her ...

Western Slope clinics to receive funds for uninsured patients

By Staff

Several Western Slope health clinics are among 17 in Colorado that will receive a total of $3 million in federal money to help uninsured patients enroll in affordable health insurance coverage. The funds are allocated in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act. Among the recipients are the Olathe Community Clinic, which will receive more than $66,000, and Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs, set to receive nearly $128,500. Clinics in Steamboat Springs and Norwood also ...

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