Briefs: Health Briefs June 23, 2009

Meeting addresses signs of child abuse

• Detecting and reporting child abuse is an important step in helping rein in the problem.
A free, informational meeting aims to educate residents on how to spot the signs of child abuse and how to report it. Speakers at the meeting will explain what happens after abuse is reported.
Professionals who are mandated by law to report child abuse are encouraged to attend. Certificates of completion are available.
The training is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa County’s Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. To register, call Erica Anderson at 256-2476 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information on the training, call Janet Rowland at 244-1606 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
For more information on how to spot child abuse, visit

Hearing health subject of seminar

• A free hearing health seminar is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Hampton Inn, 205 Main St.
Speakers will address the latest in technological advances in hearing. The event is sponsored by Cochlear, Widex and Colorado West Otolaryngologists, P.C. For more information about the seminar, call Dr. Joe McDermott at 255-3548.

Input needed at forum on health care

• Want to put in your 2 cents about health care? You’ll have that chance at a forum from 5:30–8:30 p.m. tonight at Community Hospital, 202 N. 12th St.
Anyone can attend, but space is limited to the first 50 participants. Refreshments will be provided.
The event is offered through a grant from the Colorado Trust. Presenters include, Steve Hurd, executive director of the Marillac Clinic; Dr. David West, president of Health System Solutions; and Lu Ann Wilroy, executive director of the Colorado Rural Health Center.

Camp Good Grief! registration is open

• Registration is open for the ninth-annual Camp Good Grief! slated for July 31 to Aug. 2.
The camp offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is designed for children ages 3–9 who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Camp Good Grief! offers a safe and compassionate environment for children to explore their grief issues and to have fun with art, music, storytelling and hiking.
The camp costs $35 and includes transportation, room, meals and activities. Scholarships are available.
For more information, visit or call 245-5377.

Hospital acquires new surgical system

• Montrose Memorial Hospital recently acquired a robot that will assist in providing minimally invasive surgery that allows for better operations with fewer complications and faster healing, the hospital said.
The da Vinci Si Surgical System will be used for a wide-range of surgeries.
A presentation of the robot will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today in the hospital’s Lobby Grille.

Program reunites clients, staff at picnic

• Clients and staff of the Mesa County Health Department’s Nurse-Family Partnership are invited to a picnic Wednesday.
The gathering will reunite staff and families who have participated in the program for the past nine years. The picnic is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Columbine Park, on 28 1/4 Road between Orchard and Texas avenues.
Reservations are required by calling 254-4100.
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary program that provides home visitation by nurses to first-time, low-income mothers.


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