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As a Doula and childbirth educator, Angela Bunnell was intimately familiar with SCL Health’s Bloomin’ Babies Birth Center, having attended over thirty births there. So, when it came time to deliver her own baby, there was no place she’d rather be. “Two of my previous deliveries were at home,…

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Chronic knee pain due to arthritis is a devastating condition impacting many Americans each year. It should come as no surprise that knee replacement is a very common procedure, with over 600,000 individuals opting for full or partial knee replacements each year.

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Fifteen years ago diabetes was thought to be a chronic, progressive disease that would require more medications over time. This was the message that I gave to health care providers when I was a Diabetes Care Specialist with Eli Lilly teaching them about how and when to use different medicati…

Sleep--we all need it and sometimes we cannot get the proper sleep that our bodies need to function. The Sleep Center at Pioneers Medical Center (PMC) in Meeker seeks to improve their patient’s sleep with advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health with the goal of improving their patien…

As many in the community may have heard, the team at Western Slope Cardiology (WSC) decided to close their practice in August 2021. With this change, the team also decided that it is in the best interest of the practice and the larger Western Slope community to transition their existing prac…

While doing arrest control training with a fellow Colorado State Trooper, Scott Gardner caught a forearm in the side of the neck and knew immediately that something was very wrong. “I tried to shake it off,” Gardner said, “but when I woke up the next morning my right arm was numb, and I had …

Fall sports are in full swing and participating in athletic activities can be rewarding and enriching in many ways, providing both physical and psychological benefits. However, there is always a heightened risk of injury associated with playing sports, and often these injuries occur to the h…

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As many in the community may have heard, the team at Western Slope Cardiology (WSC) decided to close their practice in August 2021. With this change, the team also decided that it is in the best interest of the practice and the larger Western Slope community to transition their existing prac…

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Human trafficking in Colorado is often misunderstood. Many people do not believe that traffickers are operating here, or they don’t know what human trafficking really means. The Colorado Human Trafficking Council (“The Council”) has developed a campaign to raise awareness about all types of …

As many in the community may have heard, the team at Western Slope Cardiology (WSC) decided to close their practice in August 2021. With this change, the team also decided that it is in the best interest of the practice and the larger Western Slope community to transition their existing prac…

If a manufacturing company announced that it was moving its corporate headquarters to Grand Junction, but that one of the reasons it was interested in Grand Junction was because it intended to dump excess nitrogen and phosphorus directly in the river every day throughout the year, even the m…

“Never in a million years did I think I would become an alcoholic at 40 years old,” says Kendra Kreie. “I had weight loss surgery and lost the weight, but all those reasons I ate were still there. So, I turned to alcohol. When you drink after weight loss surgery it acts differently in your b…

Knee replacement surgery is a common procedure that can give you a new lease on life. Each year over 600,000 Americans opt for knee replacement to eliminate chronic pain and restore proper joint function.

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Human trafficking is a crime that happens everywhere. Traffickers are criminals who operate in every country, including in the United States, and in Colorado. Despite its prevalence, it is misunderstood, many people are unaware that it is happening, or they don’t really know what it is.

SCL Health has provided hospital care through St. Mary’s Medical Center and a wide range of specialty care services on the Western Slope for 125 years. Recently we have expanded primary care services to our vast network of integrated care in the region.

While only in his early thirties, Michael Raley began having issues with his left leg. Cramping pains radiated from his hip down to his calf, at times completely immobilizing him. “Occasionally it simply refused to move,” he says. “It got to the point where I was dragging my leg behind me an…

After 49 years of running his sprinkler business and a lifetime of indulging his passion for fly fishing, Jon Gartz’s joints were wearing out. “My left shoulder started causing me a lot of trouble. Every morning I would wake up with total pain. I couldn’t really function. I couldn’t do the p…

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