To improve patient access, a priority for Delta County Memorial Hospital, the hospital has moved rehabilitation services and blood draws into a clinic at 1240 S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.
Brooke Loucks, DPT, provides physical therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is a five-year employee of Delta County Memorial Hospital who has been working out of the rehab clinic in Hotchkiss.
Previously, she said, physical therapy was confined to two rooms in Dr. Pulsipher's office. Now there's room to expand and offer a fully-functioning clinic similar to those in Hotchkiss and Delta.
Loucks said she loves working in a rural setting, where she can work with her friends and neighbors. "I love my job," she said. "I don't know if I could do a desk job."
Rehab aide Toni Miracle schedules appointments. The clinic's phone number is the same -- 856-8587.
A blood draw station is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. DCMH lab manager Tracy Robb said blood is transported to the hospital for lab work, and same-day results are generally available for the patient's physician.
Delta County Federal Credit Union has also increased its presence in the Surface Creek area. Nathan Sponseller, vice president of operations, says the credit union board has been considering expansion to the Surface Creek area for a number of years. When the pharmacy moved out of Cedaredge FoodTown and back to downtown Cedaredge, store owner Blake Bynum reached out to the credit union. Sponseller said DCFCU has a number of members in the Surface Creek area; the new location meets the credit union's mission to serve those individuals with a full range of services. The branch is staffed by Donna Linman, who worked in the Hotchkiss branch for about 10 years, and two employees hired specifically to staff the new location, Erin O'Connell and Sarah Payne.
The site formerly occupied by the pharmacy was upgraded to meet both physical and telecommunications needs.
"This branch offers everything, just in a smaller package," Sponseller said.
The drive-up window is open 8:30 to 5, and the counter inside is manned 9 to 5. The Cedaredge office can be reached at 856-4901.
Membership in the Delta County Federal Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Delta County, or members of their immediate families. Businesses and organizations operating in Delta County are also eligible for membership.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.