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After helping in fundraising, Grand Junction couple makes personal donation

By Melinda Mawdsley

No one who knows Ken Leis or Kathy Hall was surprised when the Grand Junction couple gave $500,000 to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Leis is a member of Hospice’s board of directors, and Hall is on the executive committee of the foundation’s board. But Kathy O’Shea, vice president of development at Hospice, still screamed with joy when she discovered they donated half a million dollars. It was the largest noncorporate cash contribution ever made to ...

Briefs: Health briefs June 16, 2009

By Staff

Open house mixes vision loss, cooking • Living with vision loss doesn’t mean you can’t cook. A Low Vision Open House from 9–11:30 a.m. July 8 at the Retina Center, 2478 Patterson Road, No. 7, aims to teach participants how to navigate the kitchen and learn to cook favorite foods again. The open house also will include demonstrations of magnifiers, new technology and information. For information, call vision rehabilitation specialist Carol Inglis at ...


Local program called Transitions offered through Hospice

By Amy Hamilton

When Roger Swingle’s first wife, Linda, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000, the two couldn’t have imagined the maze of medical treatments or the gravity of each decision that would follow. Every two years after her diagnosis and before she died in August 2005, Linda fought the disease with chemotherapy treatments. But six months before her battle with cancer ended, the couple discovered a little known local program called Transitions offered through Hospice & ...

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New treatment for lung cancer shows promise

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Once a frightening monolith of a disease, lung cancer slowly is being recognized as not a single ailment, but several. With the finding that lung cancer isn’t a single disease, it also turns out some varieties are more treatable than others. Such is the case with one variety of lung cancer that turns out to be far more treatable — though not curable — than others. Investigators don’t know how many of the nation’s lung cancer cases are susceptible to the ...

First confirmed case of swine flu in county

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County Health Department officials confirmed Thursday the first case of the H1N1 flu virus in Mesa County. A young adult tested positive for the virus after attending a wedding at Powderhorn Resort on Grand Mesa last weekend. More than 200 guests attended the wedding, including a few guests from Utah who were carrying the virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, Health Department Director Dr. Michael Aduddell said. Other guests also felt sick in the days after the wedding, he ...

Effects of unprotected exposure to sun add up over a lifetime

By Amy Hamilton

An 18-year-old son of a friend of Debra Hesse for years put off having doctors check out a mole on his leg. As the mole grew and started to change shape, the young man finally got it checked out. But it was too late. His skin cancer was in Stage 4, and Hesse’s friend lost her son months later. “She was devastated,” said Hesse, coordinator of cancer survivor programs at St. Mary’s Hospital. Nearly everyone knows someone who has died, been diagnosed or is a ...

Briefs: Health Briefs June 09, 2009

By Staff

Convention covers variety of topics • The 19th annual Colorado Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity Convention (AHDI-CO) runs Friday and Saturday at Grand Vista Hotel in Grand Junction. Presentations will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include deafness and cochlear implants, the pill cam, ergonomics, lupus and alternative medicine. Participants can attend either or both days. To register, call Rashell Coleman at 241-029 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to ...

Clinic to serve vets in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties

By Dennis Webb

A new Veterans Affairs Medical Telehealth Outreach Clinic will serve vets in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties and use modern technology to save them time and travel expenses for some care. Currently, veterans from the three counties must go to the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center for even minor medical needs. U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., announced plans for the facility Wednesday. Altogether, more than $7 million in new federal funding has been designated for ...

Local health care in national spotlight

By Amy Hamilton

Three decades ago, local doctors Edward L. Ellinwood, Gilbert Madison, Ward Studt and Charlie Wilson couldn’t have fathomed that the health care model they designed for Mesa County would today be in the national spotlight, sought by policy makers as a shining example of potential health care reform. Local doctors merely wanted the working poor, an under-served segment of the population, to have the same access to health care available to the rich and to the indigent. By cultivating ...

Briefs: Local Health June 02, 2009

By Staff

Advance directives information available • St. Mary’s Hospital is holding a free community information session on Advance Medical Directives from 9–10:30 a.m. June 4 at St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion’s East/West conference room. During the informational session, organizers will explain what Advance Medical Directives are and why they are important at any age. Documents for advance care planning will be provided. Call Bryan Newman at 244-2288 for more ...

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Men with cancer bond in support group

By Amy Hamilton

It was about five years ago when Walt Beigegrain flopped onto his bed, crossed his arms and felt a lump on his chest. “What is that?” he wondered. About five weeks later, after summoning the courage to seek help, his doctor initially confirmed that yes, he had a lump, but it couldn’t be breast cancer, because men don’t get breast cancer. Another physician echoed those same thoughts. However, tests showed a different story, and Beigegrain’s breast cancer was ...


Free vasectomy for Father’s Day

By Paul Shockley

“Hey, so, you’re having a vasectomy?” It’s the one question Dr. Jamie Lowe says she has yet to eavesdrop on at her Glenwood Springs medical practice. She wishes she heard it more, particularly from men. “The message needs to get out that this is a civilized, normal procedure which is worth thinking about getting,” said Lowe, a urologist and partner at Glenwood’s Rocky Mountain Urology. “It’s just a bit uncomfortable,” she ...

Owners to show off vintage motorcycles, raise funds for adolescent asthma education

By Melinda Mawdsley

Asthma and vintage motorcycles may seem like unlikely partners, but that’s not how Rick Barnes sees it. The Western Colorado Vintage Motorcycle Association is holding a vintage motorcycle rally June 20 at Gateway Canyons Resort to raise funds for asthma education for School District 51 nursing staff and other personnel. A vintage motorcycle is 25 years or older. Barnes wanted to raise awareness about adolescent asthma. He loves motorcycles, so that is how the idea of holding a ...

Briefs: Health briefs May 26, 2009

By Staff

Health center offers on-site applications • Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs is offering applications for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) at area businesses, churches, clubs and other organizations. To schedule an on-site application, call Janice Caro at 945-2840, ext. 214. Applications can be filled out and submitted on the spot. Once approved, patients will receive a letter to use at physician’s offices, pharmacies or hospitals. Medicaid and CHP+ ...

Sustainability Column May 23, 2009

By Adele Israel

I do not claim to be an expert on the local retail scene, but I did some research to get a snapshot of local knowledge and availability of Fair Trade goods. An unscientific sampling of stores on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction produced mixed results. Some store owners were unfamiliar with the Fair Trade concept. However, two locations offered Fair Trade products. Crystal Books carries a number of Fair Trade products, primarily from Tibet, including prayer flags, prayer beads and ...

Briefs: Local Health May 19, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Nutrition education conference planned • The Colorado State University Extension is sponsoring a day-long conference about nutrition education May 28 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2009 Western Colorado Nutrition Education Conference will feature speakers from across Colorado. Topics covered will include nutrition through life, the role of Omega 3 DHA in brain development, managing childhood obesity, infant feeding, aging well, what makes quality produce, building a better ...

Speaking of Science Column May 17, 2009

By Gary McCallister

It was clearly my wife’s fault that I sliced open my hand. If she hadn’t scheduled a party for 21 little girls at our house, I wouldn’t have been on the roof trying to get the air conditioner operating in such a hurry. The wet roof, the slick shoes and working too fast had nothing to do with it. The determination of cause haunts science. It is a surprisingly difficult concept to prove. Even when the accident was clearly because driver A ran a red light, there is a reason ...


Despite barriers, woman reaches her college goal

By Amy Hamilton

Ashley Miller can’t read small print or anything that’s written on a chalkboard. But Miller, 23, with bright blue eyes and a sunny disposition, doesn’t live in a world of “can’ts”. Although the 6-foot-tall student with a head of blond hair could see about one-fourth of what her college counterparts could see, Miller graduated Saturday with a degree in counseling psychology. “I can see color. I just can’t always tell what color I’m ...


Fundraiser has special meaning to mom

By Amy Hamilton

Lorena McCormack thought her healthy 3-year-old son possibly had an ear infection last spring when he started falling down for no reason and tilting his head to one side. But the 30-year-old Fruita mother never could have known her son, Chayton Joseph Aragon, would soon be diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of cancer. Chayton, who adored Spider-Man and watching over his younger brother, Hunter, died Dec. 4 after fighting the disease the best he knew how. “He always said, ...

Briefs: Local Health May 12, 2009

By Staff

Wellness connection screenings are free • Women’s Wellness Connection is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Colorado women who recently lost their jobs and/or health insurance coverage. For a list of free screening providers in the state, call 1-866-951-9355 or visit In addition to expanding its coverage to recently unemployed women or women who recently lost health care coverage, the Women’s Wellness ...

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