Briefs: Local Health March 24, 2009

Hospital names surgical services director

• Family Health West has named Cheryl Hinther as surgical services director for its new hospital scheduled to open in July.
Hinther got her bachelor degree in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
At the new Family Health West, Hinther will be responsible for coordinating such surgical procedures such as pre-op testing, teaching, admissions, recovery, discharge and sterilization of equipment.
Hinther spent the past 15 years as surgical services manager and first assistant at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.
Hinther is a member of the Association of Operating Nurses and is a certified operating room nurse as well as a registered nurse first assistant.
Family Health West, a Fruita based nonprofit, is expanding to include a new hospital, a new rehabilitation and fitness center, an urgent care clinic and a diagnostic imaging center.

Colorado smokers down, officials say

• The percentage of Coloradans who smoke has dropped, according to federal health officials.
In 2007, an estimated 19 percent of people in the state smoked, which was down from an estimated 23 percent of state residents who smoked in 1998, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this month.
Colorado was one of 44 states where smoking rates declined.
The Colorado Department of Public Health attributed to the decline to a number of reasons, including smoking bans and ad campaigns aimed at young people.
National Kick Butts Day, an effort to raise awareness about quitting smoking, is Wednesday.
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Meeting planned for those with vision loss

• Insight is holding a meeting for those who have vision loss from 3–4:30 p.m. April 6 at The Commons library, 625 27 1/2 Road.
Insight is a program designed to be an open discussion about vision loss between experts in the field and people with severe vision loss.
For more information, contact Carol Inglis at 970-248-7107 or Lorene Hassig at 256-1811.

Risky attitudes, behaviors addressed

• The Counseling and Education Center is holding a series of classes for people ages 18–24 designed to help them reduce risky attitudes and behaviors.
The 12-week class for young adults is held from 3–4 p.m. on Tuesdays at the center, 2708 Patterson Road.
Cost for the classes is $100, and scholarships may be available.
For more information, call 243-9539.

Health screenings available in GarCo

• Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs is offering free health screenings this week.
The screenings include cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure, among other screenings.
Appointments are not necessary. Fasting is ideal but not required.
This week’s screenings are at the following dates, times and locations:

•  12:30–5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood Springs Library.

•  9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday at the Glenwood Springs Health Department.

•  2:30–7 p.m. Friday at La Perla in Carbondale.

Uninsured subject of information events

• This week local organizations are trying to raise awareness about the number of uninsured number of Coloradans through a series of informational events.
The Marillac Clinic, Hilltop B4Babies & Beyond, Child Health Plan Plus and Mesa County Health Department are going to provide information about free and low-cost health services for county residents of all ages. Free cholesterol and glucose screenings also are available.
Those meetings will be at the following locations and times:

•  3–6 p.m. Friday at the City Market, 569 32 Road.

• 12–4 p.m. Saturday at the Clock Court inside Mesa Mall.

•  5–7 p.m. March 31 at Candlewood Trailer Park, 32 Road.


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