Craig health briefs for March 28, 2015: The Memorial Hospital honors doctors | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for March 28, 2015: The Memorial Hospital honors doctors

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Every year on March 30, The Memorial Hospital at Craig takes time to honor and celebrate its physicians and providers.

"Each day we watch them save lives, making crucial decisions and compassionately helping patients through some of the most difficult emotional experiences," TMH shared on its Facebook page.

TMH is offering patients and staff an opportunity to honor physicians and providers by filling out the card below. To download a form to send a special recognition for a doctor or provider , visit this link:

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Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low income, eligible adults.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50, however individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier.

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A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-824-8233.

Shingles vaccine available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has Zostavax vaccine available to prevent shingles. It is recommended for adults who are 60 and older. It also is available to adults 50 and older with a doctor's prescription.

Zostavax and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Appointments may also be made by calling 970-824-8233.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

March MANness campaign promotes men's health

Throughout the month of March, the Memorial Hospital will offer five comprehensive health screens for men for $100. Launched last year, the initiative seeks to promote good health and early detection for common conditions among men.

"We are focusing on men, because statistically, they are less likely to take advantage of preventative healthcare services," said TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

The tests include:

• Lipid panel to assess cholesterol levels, which can be indicator for increased risk for heart disease

• Hemoglobin A1C, a blood test that measures a person's blood glucose levels over time and can indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes before symptoms occur

• PSA, a blood test that measures Prostate Specific Antigens — recommended for men ages 50 to 69 — which can be an indicator for prostate cancer

• Blood pressure, to screen for coronary artery disease

• Hearing and vision tests

The above tests provide a good baseline for overall health. For more information, contact Terri Jourgensen at 970-826-2455, or to make an appointment, call 970-826-2400.

VNA offers Well Body class

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a six-week Well Body class from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through April 14, at the Craig VNA at 745 Russell Street.

The free class will help participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes.

For more information or to register, call 970-875-1880.

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