Health briefs for March 1, 2014: Connect for Health Colorado RV in Craig

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The Connect For Health Colorado RV will be in Northwest Colorado for open enrollment sessions today.

The staff from Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Craig City Market from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. at the City Market in Steamboat Springs.

Stop by to get enrolled and remember to sign up for health insurance before March 31 to avoid the penalty. A representative from Connect For Health Colorado will be on hand if you would like to discuss the statewide progress.

For more information, call 970-871-7647.

VA surgeons perform first procedure at Community Hospital in new partnership

Veterans Affairs surgeons performed their first intermediate complexity surgery Feb. 20 at Grand Junction’s Community Hospital under a new partnership designed to allow as many veterans as possible to receive services on the Western Slope, according to a press release from the organization.

Due to changes in standards of care, for the past few years many veterans enrolled with the Grand Junction VA Medical Center were required to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City for this level of surgery.

“We are delighted to expand our local services and appreciate the opportunity to work with the excellent physicians and staff of Community Hospital,” said Dr. Jamie Watkins, GJVAMC chief of surgery. “They have really worked with us to make this partnership a success as we refine the process.”

The hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Donald Nicolay agreed.

“We are extremely pleased the first of many surgeries at Community Hospital was a huge success,” he said. “The medical staff at Community Hospital is proud to partner with the VA Medical Center to provide the best possible health care services to veterans in our community. We are proud to serve our community through innovative partnerships such as this.”

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement about his work in providing the region with quality services equal to those on the Front Range. Udall was instrumental in forging the partnership between the Medical Center and the Community Hospital last fall.

“Veterans living on Colorado's Western Slope deserve access to the same medical procedures and health care as their urban peers. This surgery — the first of many to come — shows that the public-private partnership I successfully championed is delivering results,” Udall said. “This is an important milestone, but I will keep fighting to ensure we do everything we can to better serve our veterans and their families, regardless of where they live.”

Hayden facility offers services to Craig seniors

The Haven, 300 South Shelton Lane, in Hayden, will hold a special promotion in March for those who would like to try out the Adult Activity and Care Program, which provides older and disabled adults a safe, engaging place to be during the day, as well as meals, help with personal and medication needs and other services while caregivers work or take needed time for themselves.

These services are designed to provide regular support for working families and caregivers during the week, as well as respite for caregivers needing a break from providing full-time care to a loved one. Social interaction with other older adults also will help prevent the loneliness and isolation prevalent among elderly individuals.

Activities include music, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

They will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in March. The cost is $50 per day, with free van transportation provided from Craig to Hayden.

Pick-up is at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the Craig Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office at 745 Russell St., with drop-off at 3:30 p.m. at the same spot.

Participants are asked to reserve their spot one week prior to attending. It is private pay only, and Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion.

For more information and to register, contact Karen Burley, Director of The Haven, at 970-875-1888.

Nursing students to address medical professionals

The Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing class of 2014 will be presenting evidence-based Practice posters to current hospital staff members of Yampa Valley Medical Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital.

Students will present current best-practice recommendations to professional staff members, and in the past, there have been practice changes at the hospital based on the presentations from students. It also gives them an avenue to discuss current quality improvement measures with professionals.

For more information, call 970-824-1115.

Early March time for medical awareness

In addition to many awareness topics during the entire month of March, the following week serves as an awareness period for numerous medical topics.

Aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome — Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week — March 1 to 7 — was created to raise awareness about acquired bone marrow failure diseases, which are diagnosed in more than 15,000 people each year in the United States alone, and tens of thousands more around the world. Bone marrow failure disease can strike any person, of any age, any gender, or any race, anywhere in the world.

For more information on the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, call 301-279-7202 or visit aamds.org.

Dental assistants recognition — Dental Assistants Recognition Week — March 2 to 8 — is a tribute to the commitment and dedication dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. It’s a time for dental assistants to receive greater recognition for their unique and diverse contributions to the dental profession and the dental healthcare of the public.

For more information, visit dentalassistant.org.

Patient safety — Patient Safety Awareness Week —March 2 to 8 — is an annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources with hospital staff and patients.

For more information, visit npsf.org/events-forums/patient-safety-awareness-week/.

Hospice program is selling daffodils

Celebrate spring!

Hospice Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for 5 bunches and $46 for 10 bunches on March 18 at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, City Market in both Craig and Steamboat Springs, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug and The Clark Store.

You can also order your daffodils online through March 14. Funds go toward the hospice program’s work in Craig and Steamboat.

For more information, visit nwcovna.org/hospicedaffodils.php or contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7607 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

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