Briefs: Local Health November 25, 2008

Medical center’s ER open Thanksgiving

• The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s emergency room will be open Thursday, Thanksgiving day, for registered patients. All other veterans clinics will be closed.
Walk-in patients to the emergency room should enter through the building’s front entrance.
Patients who need non-emergency medical care on Thanksgiving, should call 263-2800 or 866-206-6415.
Visiting hours at the medical center on Thanksgiving are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the fifth floor (ICU and inpatient), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the third floor (inpatient), case-by-case at the community living center (formerly TCU).

Veterans Affairs centers offer flu shots

• Free flu shots for registered patients at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center are still available.
Shots are administered on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Patients who use Veterans Affairs medical clinics in Montrose and Craig should call those clinics for details on available dates and times.

Salazar, Daschle participate in summit

• Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., and Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, are scheduled to speak at the 2008 Colorado Health Care Summit in Denver.
Daschle is the keynote speaker.
Members of the public who want to register for the event can do so at
The summit is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Colorado Center for the Performing Arts in Denver.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Salazar is in a position to develop ideas for health care reform.
The Colorado Health Care Summit will bring together politicians, physicians, insurance providers and others in the health care community for a discussion about the nation’s health care system.

GERD Awareness Week Nov. 23-29

• The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders has named Nov. 23-29 GERD Awareness Week.
GERD stands for gastrointestinal reflux disease, which can be triggered by overeating and consuming high-fat foods and/or alcohol.
Frequent or chronic heartburn can be a sign of GERD, which leads to a possible erosion of the esophagus or perhaps a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus.
The foundation encourages people to see a physician if their heartburn persists or gets more severe, heartburn occurs at night and wakes them from sleep, heartburn occurs two or more times weekly, heartburn has persisted for at least five years or they have pain or difficulty swallowing.
Call 888-964-2001 or visit for more information.

Aduls day care business opens on Sixth

• Two area registered nurses have opened up a new business providing adult day care.
LifeShare, 2020 N. Sixth St., has operating hours from 7 a.m. until prearranged evening hours Monday through Friday.
Diana Calame and Patsy Richter opened LifeShare to offer adult day care when caregivers need a break.
LifeShare will also offer same-day, post-surgery/procedure supervision with pre-arranged transportation if needed.
LifeShare’s nurses will provide needing adults with activities, nutritious meals, exercise and entertainment at its location on Sixth Street.


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