Craig health briefs for April 18, 2015: Craig VFW to host veterans town hall event

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System will hold its quarterly town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, in Craig.

All veterans and their family members are invited to attend a presentation given by Mark Magill, director of GJVHCS, and other staff addressing common issues and problems local veterans may face.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding particular issues they may have.

“We’ll take a look at what we know the issues are for this community and we’ll try to address those and open up the lines of communication,” Public Relations Officer Paul Sweeney said. “The meeting belongs to veterans, family members and survivors.”

Rather than hold all town hall meetings in Grand Junction, the GJVHCS is traveling to surrounding satellite communities, most recently including Redstone, Telluride, Moab and soon, Craig.

TMH Foundation receives $30,000 grant for electronic medical records system

The Memorial Hospital Foundation received a $30,000 grant to assist with the purchase of software needed to implement an electronic medical records system at TMH Medical Clinic, according to a press release.

The grant was awarded by the Caring for Colorado Foundation, whose mission is to increase health and health care access statewide.

The EMR system will replace paper charts, providing a quicker and more efficient way to document patients’ medical information.

Presentation highlights women’s health issues

Author and certified traditional naturopath Cammi Balleck will offer a free presentation for women titled “It’s not you, it’s your chemicals” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

Attendees will be entered to win coupons, a free bone density test and a copy of Balleck’s book, “Happy The New Sexy.” Balleck will share information about bio-chemical balance.

Visit for more information.

VNA to host documentary “Cyber-Seniors”

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a screening of the documentary “Cyber-Seniors” at 5:30 p.m. May 6 at Moffat County High School. Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the VNA’s Aging Well program.

The film is about a group of seniors taking their first steps into cyberspace with the help of teenage mentors. The screening kicks off a joint project with the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, which will match youth mentors with seniors interested in learning internet and social media skills.

Tickets for the screening are available at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell Street, and at the door. For more information, call 970-871-7696. For information about the film, go to

Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

TMH offers expanded Lifeline service for senior citizens

Phillips Lifeline is a medical alert system used primarily by senior citizens, and is now offering a technology that allows people to connect wirelessly through a cellular connection if they don’t have a landline.

The alert system is typically installed in a home and connected to a phone line. When in need of medical assistance, a person can press a button to call for help. There is also an option to wear a medical alert button that communicates with a base-system, which has the ability to detect a fall and automatically sends a call for help. Lifeline also offers a service called “Go-Safe” that is equipped with GPS.

TMH works with the community to provide Lifeline services. For more information or to purchase a Lifeline, contact Stanton Moseby at 826-3290 or

Take precautions with live poultry

Individuals should take precautions when handling chicks, ducklings, goslings and baby turkeys due to possibility of salmonella infection.

Salmonella can result from handling live poultry, poultry cages and bedding. Children are more susceptible to the illness; children five and younger should not handle young birds.

Individuals who have touched live poultry or areas where the birds live and roam should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water and clean any equipment or materials involved in raising or caring for poultry, such as feed and water containers. Never bring live poultry inside the house.

For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.

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