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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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 += ...


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