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Cancer study participants needed in Grand Junction

By Staff

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to participate in a long-term study to aid cancer research. Volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 need to be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have a medical history clear of any cancer diagnoses. People who have had basal or squamous cell skin cancer are still eligible for the study. Volunteers will be asked to sign a consent form, fill out a small survey, and provide a small blood sample and a ...


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GJ surgeon offers newer hip procedure

By Emily Shockley

Non-arthritic hip pain used to be something people lived with until they got to the point of needing a hip replacement, according to Dr. Kennan Vance, an orthopedic surgeon at Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 2020 N. 12th St. Today, patients can undergo a hip arthroscopy procedure to combat pain caused by bony impingement, hip dysplasia, loose fragments in the joint and other conditions. After the move of another doctor last year, Vance is the only orthopedic surgeon offering ...


Mesa County encourages rabies safety

By Emily Shockley

The Mesa County Health Department and Mesa County Animal Services want to remind residents to take steps to prevent rabies exposure as the weather warms and people encounter wildlife more frequently while cleaning homes or enjoying the outdoors. Precautions include avoiding feeding or handling unfamiliar feral or domestic animals; closing holes around your home foundation, covering window sills, placing screens on chimneys and vents, and sealing cracks and holes larger than a quarter-inch ...


Local hospital readmission rates at, slightly above average

By Emily Shockley

Community Hospital is the only area hospital in a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that will not be financially penalized for its patient readmissions rates. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report tracks readmission rates for more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals over three years. Only heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients who returned to the same hospital within 30 days of leaving the hospital were counted in the study. Hospitals with fewer than ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, April 9, 2013

By Staff

Free testing to be at 3 locations The Mesa County Health Department will offer free cardiovascular screenings this month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 12, 18 and 25. This Friday’s screening event will take place at The Salvation Army, 1235 N. Fourth St. The April 18 event will take place at Palisade Church of the Nazarene at 3595 Front St. in Palisade and the April 25 event will take place at Supplemental Foods, 200 S. Spruce St. The screenings involve a finger-stick ...


Mesa County plans for improvement by 2017

By Emily Shockley

The Mesa County Health Department hopes to work with local health and wellness services over the next few years to improve the health of Mesa County residents, according to a new health improvement plan. Eighteen months ago, the Health Department compared dozens of local health statistics with health outcomes statewide. The county performed worse than the state on about 35 health factors, according to Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr. A steering committee of ...


28 Western Slope nurses honored

By Emily Shockley

Twenty-eight Western Slope nurses were nominated this year for the Nightingale Award for excellence in the field of nursing. The awards, named after famously compassionate nurse Florence Nightingale, recognize caring and professionalism in the nursing industry. Award nominees from the western region of Colorado were honored at a gala March 9 at Colorado Mesa University. Five of the nominees — Diana Bailey, Kristin Brim, Penny Crom, Janelle McCormick and Kathleen Wilson — ...


Colorado earns B+ for adults’ health, lower for children’s

By Emily Shockley

An annual health data report shows Colorado adults score high in numerous health indicators while their younger counterparts lag behind. The 2012 Colorado Health Report Card, released last week by The Colorado Health Foundation, gives a “B+” for the health of Colorado adults and senior citizens and a “B” grade for the health of teens. Data for babies earned the state a “C” on the most recent report card, while Colorado children had the worst health ...


Hantavirus can come with spring cleaning

By Staff

The Mesa County Health Department is warning residents to be cautious when spring cleaning in order to avoid contracting Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Hantavirus can be spread through the urine, saliva or droppings of infected deer mice (brown except for the white hair on their abdomen) that mixes with dust and dirt. The disease can spread to people, particularly when they inhale particles that contain the virus while cleaning homes, sheds and outdoor structures. The first signs develop ...


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Battlement Mesa area welcomes expanded medical facility

By Dennis Webb

BATTLEMENT MESA — Parachute Mayor Judith Beasley can remember times when there was no health care in the Parachute/Battlement Mesa area. She also recalls when land she stood on last week was mere pasture, rather than Battlement Mesa subdivision acreage where construction has kicked off on a $16 million medical facility being built by the Grand River Hospital District. Beasley was among dignitaries from the two communities who joined in celebrating the start of construction on the ...


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Colorado West gets new medical director

By Emily Shockley

Dr. Roy Sanford Kiser Jr. has waited years to return to the Rocky Mountains. He fell in love with the Rockies as a student at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. That love lingered even after he moved to Texas to complete his undergraduate education in math and chemistry at Abilene Christian College and his psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. After working as a faculty member at the medical school, researching brain functions ...


Health Briefs, March 12, 2013

By Staff

Blood drive to benefit Kids Aid The Mesa County Medical Alliance will donate up to $800 to the Kids Aid Backpack Program for each person who donates blood during a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave. Anyone 18 or older who weighs at least 112 pounds, is in generally good health and has not given blood within the last eight weeks can donate blood. Thursday’s blood drive is being hosted in honor of ...


Local group to host suicide awareness meeting

By Emily Shockley

The rate of suicides in Mesa County is three times higher than the national average. It’s a trend leaders of the Western Slope chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hope to stem, in part through a suicide and mental health education seminar March 16. The education session will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road. The local chapter of NAMI has been planning the seminar since last fall. Western Slope NAMI Education ...


Autism services expand at Strive

By Emily Shockley

Strive, formerly Mesa Developmental Services, is expanding its offerings for people with autism. The organization has offered some autism services before, but its new Skills program attempts to roll those services and others deemed to be “best practices” into one curriculum. That curriculum includes work on language development, developing age-appropriate play and motor skills, improving cognitive functions, teaching appropriate social skills, and working on self-awareness and ...


Colorado West Mental Health offers group for bipolar/depression

By Emily Shockley

Wesley Fisher was a 12-year-old growing up near the Utah border in Evanston, Wyo., when he developed depression. With fewer than 13,000 residents in his town and the number of depressed people there a secret to him, he didn’t know who to talk to, so he kept his depression to himself. Six months ago, he had what he calls his “most epic crisis to date” and ended up at Colorado West Mental Health. There, he met people like him and started to see a new way to live. ...


Western Slope counties among grant recipients

By Staff

Nine Colorado counties — most of them on the Western Slope — will receive grants from the Colorado Children’s Campaign to help improve health access in those areas. The nonprofit children’s research and advocacy group, with support from The Colorado Trust, will award a total or more than $13,000 to the nine grant recipients. All recipient communities are part of the campaign’s “It’s About Kids” network, which is a statewide, volunteer ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 19, 2013

By Staff

3 named to Family Health West board Jerry Hamilton, Tom Oliver and Ken Palmer are the newest members of the Family Health West Board of Directors. Hamilton works at Home Loan Investment Co. and previously served on the board from 2004 to 2009. Oliver is an Alpine Bank branch manager in Fruita. Palmer runs Palmer Tax & Consulting in Fruita. The trio join fellow board members Thomas Motz, Stacey Mascarenas, Mark Francis, Jason McCormick, Kristi Pollard, Kurtis Holmes, Michael ...


Mental health first aid class offered next week

By Emily Shockley

In an effort to help people spot and address the signs of mental crisis, Colorado West will host a course on mental health first aid certification from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19-21 in the hospital’s Building A Training Lab at 515 28 3/4 Road. The three-day training will help participants spot and understand symptoms of mental illness and follow a five-step plan to help people in mental crisis. Those steps include assessing the risk of a mentally ill person in crisis committing ...


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Budding therapy dog calming presence in dementia wing

By Emily Shockley

They may not remember the names or faces of their loved ones. But the residents of Hilltop’s Memory Care Wing at The Commons all know Rez. The scruffy, apricot-colored canine who first scampered into the wing five months ago makes herself at home during the eight to nine hours she spends Monday through Friday in the wing’s common areas and bedrooms. She hops up on the couch next to residents to watch TV with them, curls up in the crook of their legs when they’re sick in ...


Health Briefs, Feb. 5, 2013

By Staff

Free flu shot clinic Monday The Good Samaritan Clinic at 2470 Patterson Road will host a free flu shot clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the clinic. The clinic has a goal to administer 90 flu shots during the clinic. Visit http://www.goodsamaritangj.com for more information. Caregiver support group to meet Feb. 12   Caregiver Connections, a support group for people who are caring for loved ones directly or indirectly or who anticipate becoming caregivers, will begin meeting ...


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