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Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns
Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns

A capacity crowd showed up for a town hall meeting last week in Hotchkiss where Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, spoke about both local and national health care issues. Over 60 people gathered for the nearly two hour presentation and Q&A session that Crawford resident Cynthia Hines organized in an effort to spur the community into action to help address health care concerns on both the local and national level.

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New value-added benefit offered to Medicare patients

Medicare patients who are signed up for Medicare A & B, with two or more chronic health issues now are being offered a new value added benefit called chronic care management (CCM). Three professional, experienced registered nurses serve as care coordinators.

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CES fundraiser a healthy success
CES fundraiser a healthy success

While government may see healthy lifestyles as an opportunity to raise taxes, Cedaredge Elementary sees them as a chance for fun, for learning, and for helping their school get better.

The parents, staff, students and friends of Cedaredge Elementary School observed a special day last week to help their school and promote good health at the same time.

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Marijuana use is being linked to severe vomiting

There are plenty of studies that discuss the benefits of marijuana use. New literature links cannabis to the improvement of many diseases, including the use of marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of nausea in chemotherapy patients.

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Delta hospital promotes judicious use of antibiotics

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) signed up in 2015 to participate in the Colorado Hospital Association's "Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative," a two-year effort focused on increasing the appropriate treatment for urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections by correctly prescribing antibiotics.

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West Nile Virus detected

The Delta County Health Department has collected two samples of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. The mosquitoes were trapped around the City of Delta by the Delta County Mosquito Control District #1 during the weeks of Aug. 8 and 15.

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DCMH offers 3D mammography exams, first 3D prone breast biopsy table in state

3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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Adult Protective Services: An overview

Abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving at-risk adults is a growing problem in the United States, and Colorado is no exception. To help deal with this problem, each county department of human services in the state provides Adult Protective Services (APS) to its community.

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National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care
National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care

River Valley Family Health Center was proud to celebrate National Health Center Week Aug. 7-13.

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that gives health centers across the nation a chance to showcase their unique ability to take care of the needs of their communities.

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State treasurer warns of fiscal dangers in Amendment 69

Walter Stapleton, Colorado state treasurer, met with a small group of business people Monday, July 18, to discuss the fiscal dangers in passing Amendment 69 in the Nov. 8 election.

The luncheon meeting was sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Delta United Methodist fellowship hall.

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North Fork clinic to close
North Fork clinic to close

Dr. Timothy Meilner has announced that North Fork Medical Clinic, 225 Minnesota Avenue, in Paonia, will close its doors effective Aug. 26.

Dr. Meilner, who joined the clinic in 1996, will join Dr. Kevin Pulsipher and Surface Creek Family Practice, effective Sept. 6. Surface Creek Family Practice has offices in Delta and Cedaredge.

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Fun run highlights kids' health, fitness

Pediatric Associates in Montrose and Delta is excited to announce a new provider, Rachel Anthony, a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in pediatric weight management and nutrition. Anthony has started a weight wellness program called the Pediatric Power Pack Program with the goal of empowering kids and teens to be healthy and live well.

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Congressman Tipton tours Delta County Memorial Hospital
Congressman Tipton tours Delta County Memorial Hospital

Mental health, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements/mandates were the leading topics when hospital employees met with Congressman Scott Tipton last week. Rep. Tipton toured the hospital with CEO Jason Cleckler, chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, hospital board member Bill Hellman and other members of the leadership team before meeting with department heads. Tipton was joined by his wife Jean, which he said is "a real rarity." He was also accompanied by two staff members, George Rossman, constituent services field representative, and Brian Meinhart, regional director/policy advisor, both from his Grand Junction office.

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A Little Help is holding two meetings

For those who missed the June 1 meeting in Paonia, the nonprofit A Little Help North Fork Valley (formerly Aging in Place) will hold informational meetings in Crawford and Hotchkiss on Thursday, June 23.

Group representatives will briefly describe the grassroots efforts that led the group to the Denver-based A Little Help, and give an overview of the organization and how it works. The nonprofit, which seeks to help seniors remain independent and living in their homes for as long as possible, also seeks members, volunteers, paid service providers, and individuals willing to help with outreach and fundraising.

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Plague found in feral cat near Cedaredge
Plague found in feral cat near Cedaredge

A feral cat found on Hanson Road near Cedaredge tested positive for plague over the Memorial Day weekend. This is the first plague activity detected in Delta County this season. The sick cat was taken to Surface Creek Veterinary Center where it was tested for Plague and then euthanized. Contact the Delta County Health Department, 970-874-2165, if you find dead rabbits, squirrels, or prairie dogs in this area.

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VOA welcomes new registered dietitian
VOA welcomes new registered dietitian

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Goodwin as the new regional registered dietitian. The position serves all of the Volunteers of America programs in both Montrose and Delta counties, providing oversight and direction to dietary directors and their food service staff members.

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DCMH clinics add providers

Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics are adding new physicians in the next few months.

"Delta County Memorial Hospital and clinics are actively recruiting for new physicians to continue to meet the demand for providers in Delta County," said CEO Jason Cleckler.

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HopeWest receives elite national award for high level of care

HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2016 Hospice Honors award, an elite national award that recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver's point of view.

Presented annually by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the Hospice Honors award winners are announced at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Management and Leadership Conference held each spring in Washington, D.C.

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Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach
Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach

Surface Creek Family Practice is one of 445 practices across the nation participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.

CPC is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care.

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Tri-County Health Network expands to Delta County

Tri-County Health Network's community health worker program, now in its fourth year, has begun serving Delta County.

This program allows community health workers to provide free, confidential diabetes and heart disease health screenings.

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New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic
New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic

A new executive director is on board at A KidZ Clinic, the school-based health clinic operated by Delta County Joint School District #50 in partnership with the Center for Mental Health, Community Dental Clinic and Pediatric Associates.

The clinic, which opened in July 2014, has suffered some growing pains, including staff turnover which led to the selection of Joey Montoya Boese as the new director.

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Seven things you should know about Zika virus

The Zika virus outbreak and related health issues -- including an observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Brazil -- led World Health Organization officials to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Feb. 1.

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Senate passes bill to help rural hospitals like DCMH

The Senate last week passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and fellow senators to extend a Medicare demonstration program that helps rural hospitals in sparsely populated states keep their doors open.

"This demonstration has helped several hospitals in Colorado's rural communities, like Delta County, Steamboat Springs, and Sterling, continue to serve their communities," Bennet said. "This bill will help maintain access to critical health care services in these rural areas."

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Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair
Kevan devotes 28 years as CME chair

Dr. Sam Kevan has an impeccable reputation as the dedicated committee chair for continuing medical education (CME) for some 28 years at Delta County Memorial Hospital, and as an experienced family practice and emergency department physician for well over 30 years.

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AC Foundation continues the Delta Doves mission

The Delta Doves Organization for Breast Cancer has turned over its mission of providing breast imaging examination to the AC Foundation, its director, Cody Carlson, and founding member, Annie Carlson.

Delta Doves has been in existence for more than 18 years.

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Drawing held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DCMH patients who had a mammogram during October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- were entered into a drawing for two gift baskets. Winners were Judi Tapey for first place and Lori Atchley for second place, both of Delta.

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Great American Smokeout is a great chance to quit tobacco

If you smoke, chances are you've thought about quitting. In fact, roughly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.

You've probably thought about several important reasons to quit: for your health, for your finances, for your family and friends.

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Grant provides well water testing

A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.

Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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Hunters, take care

Small game season for several rabbits and hares, fox, pine squirrel and beavers is underway. These animals can carry tularemia, a bacterial infection that can be fatal in humans and animals.

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Connect for Health assistance site opens

Volunteers of America announces the opening of its new nonprofit assistance site in downtown Delta for Connect for Health Colorado. The office is located in Suite 103 of the Brown Building at 550 Palmer Street.

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Demographics, economy affect community health

When considering the health of Delta County, our thoughts often turn to the loss of providers, the wait time for appointments, or the escalating cost of health insurance.

Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Colorado Health Foundation, takes a broader approach.

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Grant funds integrated behavioral health care

The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $93,895 from The Denver Foundation's Colorado Health Access Fund to help advance efforts to integrate behavioral health care into primary care practices across the region. The award to the center was based on the rationale that the Center for Mental Health provides services to the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the region and that the Center for Mental Health is implementing a strong model of integration.

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Grant funds joint effort to make Delta County healthier

Delta County is in the unique position of being tasked with developing a model that will show other rural communities how behavioral health can be integrated into the primary care setting.

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