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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


Health Briefs, July 16, 2013

By Staff

Suicide prevention session scheduled Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., will sponsor a suicide prevention presentation at 6:30 p.m. today in the library’s community room. Sonja M. Encke, psychiatric nurse practitioner and suicide prevention coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will share information about how to recognize when someone may be considering suicide and what to do about it. The program is free and open to the public.   Marillac ...


RMHP’s 2-year program to examine how Medicaid is paid

By Staff

A pilot program designed by Rocky Mountain Health Plans seeks to reform the way Medicaid pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers by basing reimbursement on “value instead of volume,” Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Communications Director Rachel Reiter said. Health care providers who treat Medicaid patients enrolled in the Regional Collaborative Care Organization covering Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties ...


Briefs, July 2, 2013

By Staff

Suicide prevention training is July 11 A free suicide prevention course will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 11 at Community Hospital, 2021 N. 12th St. The training is called QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR training helps people recognize if someone is at risk of committing suicide and teaches them how to react to that person and get them help. Register online at http://www.suicidepreventionfoundation.org. Registration is encouraged but not required.  ...


Family Health West working on needs survey

By Emily Shockley

Family Health West is finding out if it’s meeting the needs of the Lower Valley. The Fruita hospital is in the midst of a Community Health Needs Assessment that involves three meetings with stakeholders and a community-wide survey. The first meeting took place April 29 and the other two will take place June 24 and Aug. 12. Meeting participants have already been selected and include local health care and public service representatives who will spent the first meeting discussing ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, May 28, 2103

By Staff

Alzheimer’s class today at Bozarth The Alzheimer’s Association will host a class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the community room at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2595 U.S. Highway 6&50. The class will focus on legal and financial planning related to a person with Alzheimer’s. RSVP to 256-1274 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += ...


Report shows plan for healthier Colorado

By Emily Shockley

The state of Colorado hopes to become the healthiest state in the nation by investing in health care, engaging the public in healthy activities and forming public-private partnerships aimed at strengthening health care and insurance coverage and capacity. The office of Gov. John Hickenlooper outlined these goals in a new report released last week, “The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to Become the Healthiest State.” In a forward in the report, Hickenlooper wrote ...


Spa accepting nominations for Body and Soul makeover

By Emily Shockley

Le MedSpa is taking nominations through June 14 for the next round of the Body and Soul Makeover. Paule Stiefler, owner and marketing director of Le MedSpa at 2530 N. Eighth St., Unit 205, launched the first Body and Soul Makeover last summer. The spa accepted nominations from friends and family members of people deserving of a makeover, interviewed the nominees and selected a male winner, a female winner and a runner-up to receive services from a “dream team” of local ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, May 14, 2013

By Staff

Physical therapy center joins PCP The Physical Therapy Specialty Center is now a division of Primary Care Partners. The specialty center has been located in the Primary Care Partners building at 3150 N. 12th St. since 2004 but was operated separately from PCP. The practice has seven physical therapists who will remain on staff and continue to see patients from all doctors in the Grand Junction area. Free health screenings for men   All Sam’s Club locations will host free ...


Race to benefit Silt wildlife foundation

By Staff

Instead of running from bears, who not run FOR bears? And while you’re at it, why not run for deer and eagles and mountain lions and foxes and other wildlife? The sixth annual 5k Run/Walk for their Lives event on June 1 is a benefit run for the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, which provides rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife prior to releasing those animals back into the wild. The non-profit foundation also provides valuable educational programs about ...


U.S. News awards top marks to 4 area nursing homes

By Emily Shockley

New national nursing home rankings deliver top scores for four area nursing facilities. Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley and Larchwood Inns, both of Grand Junction; San Juan Living Center of Montrose; and Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paonia each earned five stars overall in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes Rankings. Lists of the best nursing homes in all 50 states are available at health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. U.S. News and World Report ranked ...


Glenwood surgeon performs tremor-reducing procedure

By Emily Shockley

A Glenwood Springs neurosurgeon provides a rare procedure on the Western Slope — deep brain stimulation. The procedure was developed half a century ago to treat pain but has evolved into a treatment to help steady people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor and dystonia. The procedure is being tested elsewhere in people with a range of other issues, ranging from eating disorders to obsessive-compulsive disorder. The deep brain stimulation ...


Marillac to host 25th gala

By Staff

The yearlong celebration of Marillac Clinic’s 25th anniversary will continue Saturday with “Miracles at Marillac” at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive. The event will include dinner and a presentation by Vallie Collins. Collins is a Tennessee resident who was a passenger on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which landed Jan. 15, 2009, in New York’s Hudson River. Collins will speak about how the experience made her appreciate life and embrace every day. The ...


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