Craig health briefs for Nov. 8, 2014: The Memorial Hospital walk-in clinic opens Monday | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Nov. 8, 2014: The Memorial Hospital walk-in clinic opens Monday

Lauren Blair

The Memorial Hospital's new walk-in clinic, located within the TMH Medical Clinic, will open to the public on Monday. The clinic will offer same-day care to patients with ailments ranging from cold, flu and sinus infections to cuts requiring stitches, fractures, sprains and strains and other minor emergency procedures.

The clinic will be staffed by doctors from the Medical Clinic and new physician assistant Maggie Anderson. No appointment is required.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TMH celebrates five years in new location

The Memorial Hospital will host a five-year anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. TMH opened its doors to the new hospital on Nov. 12, 2009. Refreshments and cake will be served, and the community is invited to tour the hospital, including its state-of-the-art operating suites.

TMH welcomes new chief operating officer

TMH welcomes Jeffrey Chilson to its team as its new chief operating officer. Chilson and his wife will be moving to Craig from Hamburg, Pennsylvania. His first day will be Nov. 17.

REPS seeks volunteers

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will host a volunteer meeting at noon Nov. 19 at Colorado Northwestern Community College. New volunteers are welcome. Call 970-846-8182.

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Free diabetes screenings available

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21 at 745 Russell St. in Craig. Screenings include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose, blood pressure and body mass index Appointments are required.

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.

Call 970-875-1880 to make an appointment.

Support available to quit smoking

The Great American Smokeout is on Nov. 20, a day specially designated by the American Cancer Society to encourage people to quit smoking.

"By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk," the ACS said on its website.

Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show that support can significantly improve a person's chance for success.

The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or go to smokefree.gov.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. To be connected with a Cessation Counselor in Craig, call 970-871-7696.

VNA seeks ornament donations

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking ornaments, either to borrow or keep, from different countries. Ornaments will be used to decorate the agency’s “Peace on Earth” themed tree at the Moffat County United Way Festival of Trees.

A drop off basket is located at the front desk of the Craig office at 745 Russell Street, with a sign-up sheet for the borrowed ornaments.

For more information, call Sandy Beran at 871-7682.