Health briefs for July 26, 2014: General surgeon to start at The Memorial Hospital

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Dr. X. Alexis Driggs will begin her time with The Memorial Hospital, her first day with the organization is scheduled for July 30.

Most recently working in Oakland, California, Driggs will provide a number of surgical opportunities for Northwest Colorado residents, with a specialty in laparoscopic procedures.

TMH also will host a meet-and-greet event for the community to meet their newest team member from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

For more information, call 970-824-9411.

Pregnancy Center fundraiser in final week

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center FUNdraiser Summer Walk-a-thon will wrap up at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moffat County High School track.

Those who bring in the most funds or walk the greatest recorded steps also will receive prizes.

For more information, call 970-824-5204.

Visiting Nurse Association to feature free screenings

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free cardiovascular screenings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 and 29 at its Craig location at 745 Russell St.

Screenings include total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and body mass index and are made by appointment only.

For more information, call 970-875-1880 or 970-871-7696.

Life-change events can impact insurance eligibility

Colorado residents who have had a life-change event in the past month may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside of the open enrollment period.

Among the possible conditions:

• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

• Your previous insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

• You changed jobs and lost your employer-sponsored insurance.

• You gained citizenship or immigration status.

• You experienced a change in incarceration status.

• You moved to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

VNA seeks new board members

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is accepting applications for new board members.

The Board of Directors meets monthly and works toward the agency's mission of improving quality of life for all Northwest Colorado residents by providing comprehensive health resources and creating an environment that supports community wellness.

For more information or to get an application, contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7606 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

Visiting Nurse Association offers incentive for new mothers

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

The free program offers prenatal smoking cessations sessions. Expectant moms that quit smoking, stay quit during their pregnancy and stay smoke-free after their baby is born will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers, for as long as 12 months.

For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.

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