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A new level of care

By Amy Hamilton

People play hard and work hard in Fruita. So it makes sense that they should have access to a local emergency room staffed and equipped to handle trauma patients, said Dr. Joseph Kupets of Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center, part of Family Health West. The hospital is entering its first three-year period of being designated as a Level IV trauma center by the state, which means it can accept trauma patients and offer advanced trauma support. Staff at Colorado Canyons now ...


GYM: Side Plank Knee Touch

By Staff

Side Plank Knee Touch In a side plank you should be in a position as if you were taken from a standing position and tipped to your side. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder. As you position the top hand for the knee tap, your shoulders should stay in alignment. Without dropping your hips, bring the top knee to your hand and return to the starting position. Using a mirror to check that the body is staying in alignment without rotation is helpful. Complete 12 ...


Sponsored Content: 3D biplane imaging device increases hope for stroke victims

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Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center When some stroke victims arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room, they are in a state of what neurologists refer to as “locked in.” Clots deep in their brain stems have blocked signals to other parts of the brain that control voluntary muscles. They can’t move anything, even raise a finger. They are aware, but unable to speak. The most they can do is blink their eyes to communicate. In March, thanks to a new ...

Sexually transmitted diseases have spiked in Mesa County

By Melinda Mawdsley

First dates often involve dinner and a movie. Rarely does a new couple break the ice with a stop at the Mesa County Health Department to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If officials with the local Health Department had their way, however, that would change. The number of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three harmful or potentially fatal STDs if left untreated, have increased in Mesa County in the past few years, according to the Health Department. ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Feb. 2, 2016

By Staff

Workshops are to improve problems and disabilities Workshops are now being offered by Community Hospital to help individuals take action to improve symptoms of their health problems or disabilities. There are two categories of eligible individuals: people age 60 and older who have a chronic health condition as well as adults age 18 and older who have a disability. Examples of chronic health conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart disease, multiple ...


Ready to quit smoking?

By Katie Langford

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, and that’s why four Grand Junction medical organizations are working together to motivate people to make the hard but healthy choice. The Mesa County Smokeout is a collaborative effort to 
people to stop smoking, said Katie Goddeyne, Mesa County Health Department spokeswoman. “It is hard and frustrating at times, but personally I think it’s easier to hang in there if there’s someone doing it with ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 26, 2016

By Staff

Shoot hoops for heart at CMU recreation center Colorado Mesa University and the community will support the American Heart Association in March with a 3-versus-3 basketball tournament at CMU’s Hamilton Recreation Center. Each teammate donation is $5, and there can be three to five people per team, including substitutes. Everyone is welcome — all age ranges, students, staff, faculty, and anyone in the community who wants to play. There will be prizes for the top teams and ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Jan. 19, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s unit receives national award St. Mary’s Hospital announced last week that the hospital’s Intermediate Care Unit had received a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The award recognizes the unit as meeting healthy work environment standards, especially communication, collaboration, and staffing, as it’s related to increased safety and improved outcomes for patients, officials said. Specifically, the ...


Business is 

By Amy Hamilton

Some people look forward to seeing the names of the babies born at Bloomin’ Babies Birthing Center, 2241 N. Seventh St. Last week it was Kaidric, 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Motorists who travel busy Seventh Street tell owners Patty and Dick Kandiko as much, gushing about the new names. Proud parents and grandparents gather under the marquee, snapping photos, pleased to show off their locally famous babies — at least until the next baby is born. In the new year, delighted parents ...


HopeWest team helps patients relive memories N’awlins styles

By Erin McIntyre

Willie Hernandez was feeling a little down one day. It’s understandable, given that it’s the middle of the winter in Grand Junction, where he and his wife live at Grand Villa Care Center. He and Faye are a long way from home. Willie is 71 and Faye is 79. “Am I 79?” she asks Willie, looking sheepishly at him through the corner of her eye. “Yeah, going on 58,” he replies, chuckling. They’re both HopeWest hospice patients — Willie suffers ...

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Sponsored Content: Interventional radiologist brings advanced treatment

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Sponsored Content: Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Dr. Geoffrey Scriver does not have any magic bullet to cure patients with cancer that has invaded their livers. But he does have thousands of minuscule radioactive spheres he can aim directly at liver tumors to extend lives. Scriver, an interventional radiologist, has brought this advanced cancer treatment to St. Mary’s with the help of a large coalition of health experts from multiple departments at the ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 5, 2016

By Staff

Accomplished athlete to address hearing loss The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America welcomes back John Klish, a Western Slope native who achieved a gold medal at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2013. He was also named the USA Deaf Sports Federation Sportsman of the Year for 2014. John attended Holy Family Middle School and graduated from Grand Junction High School. John is the CEO and owner of Mountain and Desert Racing. The company has been ...


Resistance Band Single Arm Row

By Staff

Resistance Band Single Arm Row Stand facing the anchor point of your resistance band. Starting with your non-dominant hand, hold the handle of the band in one hand with the thumb pointing upward and step forward with the opposite foot. Stand far enough away from the anchor point that there is resistance on the band. As you pull the band toward you, rotate the thumb outward to a palm-up position. This will engage additional muscles of the scapula. Resist the rotational forces of the ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Dec. 22, 2015

By Staff

Mesa View earns Best 
of Senior Living award Mesa View, a Holiday Retirement community, recently earned a Best of Senior Living award from for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families throughout 2015. “The team at Mesa View is compassionate, forward-thinking and value-driven, which has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout the year,” said Kai Hsiao, president and CEO at Holiday Retirement. “This is well-deserved ...


Can a soak in Epsom salts truly tame fibromyalgia?

By Greg Ruland

omen who reported chronic symptoms of disturbed sleep, deep pain and exhaustion waited decades for modern medicine to recognize fibromyalgia as a legitimate, clinical syndrome and even longer for it to ease their pain with effective medical treatments.  Now, an international team of scientists is studying “reduced environmental stimulation” as a possible treatment for the syndrome, and 10 local residents who have fibromyalgia are being asked to take part, said Alisa ...


Adding an option

By Charles Ashby

A Denver-based company that builds and operates assisted living centers throughout Colorado and New Mexico is coming to Grand Junction. Partnering with another Denver firm, Confluent Development LLC, Christian Living Services expects to break ground soon on a 70-room facility at the corner of 26 1/2 Road and Horizon Drive, just north of St. Mary’s Hospital. But the new facility won’t just cater to older Grand Valley residents. It also will include 26 rooms to care for ...


Orthopaedics help to put the pieces back together

By Sponsored Content

A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel Sponsored content: Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center When cyclist Terry Brown was struck by a car last month, he was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital with crushed vertebrae in his back, 13 broken ribs, a concussion, a lacerated kidney, a badly shattered upper arm and a particularly nasty fracture in his lower leg. He was in shock from loss of blood. As his wife Julie ...

State panel examines cost of health care

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans spent about $36.6 billion on health care in 2013, a 327 percent increase from two decades earlier, according to the first of several reports to state officials by the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care. That commission, formed by the Colorado Legislature last year, will spend the next two years examining the state’s health care costs, and come up with ways to help reduce them for everyday Coloradans, if possible. “Despite the progress Colorado and our ...

Community Hospital welcomes midwife team

By Staff

Community Hospital announced last week that it has reached an agreement with four of the providers at Mesa Midwives to form Grand Valley Midwives. Certified nurse-midwives Ruth Ann Price, CNM; Tiffini Young, CNM; Analiesa Leonhardt, CNM; and Brenda Vondy, CNM, will join Community Hospital on Dec. 21. “We are thrilled that another group has decided to partner with Community Hospital,” said Chris Thomas, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “As an organization, we are ...

Schools, day care report norovirus symptoms

By Charles Ashby

At least two schools and a day care center in Mesa County have reported children with norovirus-like symptoms this week, prompting the Mesa County Health Department to warn residents who display those symptoms to remain home so as not to spread it. The virus is highly contagious, spreads rapidly in closed environments, and is hard to kill, according to the department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20 million people a year get sick from the virus, most from ...

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