Thinking About Health: Hospital mistakes still kill too many

Few people go to the hospital expecting their hospital stay to kill them. But sometimes it does. No one is sure of the precise number of people who die because of mistakes made in hospitals, but it’s not small. Every patient is potentially at risk.

VNA releases February Wellness Wednesday schedule

The Visiting Nurse Association hosts Wellness Wednesdays for senior citizens each week. The following is this month’s events that take place at The Journey at First Baptist.

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Colorado legislative bills could impact health care in Northwest Colorado

The Colorado Legislature is now a month into its 2015 session, and there are several health care bills trying to make it to the governor’s desk that could have an impact on Northwest Coloradans. From mental health for minors to telemedicine to health care price transparency, these bills would take steps to improve access to health care and to simplify costs for self-pay clients.

TMH Living Well: Colonoscopy a screening test and treatment all in one

Colonoscopies may not be the most pleasant of screening tests to complete, but they come with a bonus — if the surgeon finds polyps or precancerous growths, he or she removes them. That means it’s both a screening test and preventive treatment. Once it’s done, you likely don’t have to do it again for another 10 years.

Wellness Tip: Alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa is a remarkable and simple plant to grow. Alfalfa sprouts can be grown at home, any time of the year, regardless of temperature and climate, and they grow in about seven days.

Fitness Tip: Balance your exercise regimen

It is important to balance your exercise routine with both aerobic activities and resistance training. Aerobic activities such as walking, jogging and biking are great for increasing heart health, improving endurance and burning fat.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 7, 2015: The Memorial Hospital to host quarterly What to Expect presentation

Expecting moms and dads are invited to The Memorial Hospital from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for an informational session hosted by TMH physicians.

Healthy Eating: Apricot-Filled Oatmeal Bars

A kid pleaser, these bars can easily be made with your favorite preserves.

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The Memorial Hospital board welcomes new officers, approves ambulance purchase

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees welcomed three new board officers, approved the purchase of a new ambulance and announced the likely addition of a new orthopedic physician's assistant.

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Saturday fundraiser for Moffat County’s MaryBea Neu

Event includes food, fun, big-ticket auction items

A fundraiser will take place at Centennial Mall on Saturday to benefit MaryBea Neu, a fourth generation resident of Moffat County — better known to many by her maiden name, MaryBea Robertson — who has been battling Stage 4 colon cancer for several years and is seeking alternative treatments that will not be covered by insurance.

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Oh baby! Jump in January births keeps TMH doctors busy

January was a banner month for babies at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. As of Thursday, the headcount for babies born in the hospital’s birthing center was 15. With only three babies born in January of last year, this equates to a 500 percent bump in births.

TMH Living Well: Women more at risk for heart disease than men

With a lot of focus on cancer in the media, it’s easy to forget about the No. 1 threat to women: heart disease. Each year, more women die from cardiovascular disease than from all cancers combined.

The Memorial Hospital CEO acknowledged with national honor

John Rossfeld, chief executive officer for The Memorial Hospital, was recently named to the Becker’s Hospital Review 2015 list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.

Craig health briefs for Jan. 31, 2015: Weigh and Win team challenge starts Sunday

Weigh and Win, a community weight loss program, is encouraging groups of four to eight people to pool their weight loss efforts for the chance to win prizes.