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If you are a parent, chances are you’ve dealt with colic sometime in your child’s early life. It was one of the most difficult parts of parenting my second child, and I still remember those days as if they happened yesterday (and he turned 23 years old just recently). Colic screaming is seri…

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The Delta Health Family Medicine Clinic will settle into its new location at 70 Stafford Lane on August 15, a move designed to provide more convenient access between hospital and clinic appointments.

When you enter the main entrance of the hospital you are greeted by smiling faces who ask, "How can I help you?"  

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A dangerous new drug, fentanyl, has made its way to the Western Slope of Colorado. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid estimated by the Drug Enforcement Agency to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. 

Pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body and produces an assortment of biological changes. After confronting and managing those changes for nine months and ultimately giving birth, it’s not uncommon for women to look for ways to feel how they did prior to becoming pregnant. One such way is t…

During my time in the Florida Keys, we carried gallons of ice water on a fishing trip. The temperatures would be in the triple digits as the sun reflected off the light-colored bottom of the saltwater flats. The humidity was so thick that fish swam in it.

Did you know August is National Breastfeeding Month? The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) made the announcement in August of 2011 to help promote breastfeeding and advocate for policy changes that support babies and families. Montrose Regional Health is proud to connect new moms …

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One of the great pleasures of my job is that my team and I have the immense privilege of getting to interview the incoming providers about their training, history, families, passions for patients, and philosophy of care.

Music has been a part of human life since the very beginning. We have beautiful hymns, chants, and classical masterpieces created over the course of human history. It is a connection to all life – from the rhythmic sounds of nature to our mother’s heartbeat. It’s playing in the background as…

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Delta County Memorial Hospital’s (now Delta Health’s) net position was just over $31 million for fiscal year 2021, a decrease of approximately $4 million from the previous year, according to the latest hospital audit report.

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Delta Health and Montrose Regional Health received hospital safety grades from independent quality agency, The LeapFrog Group, last week.

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Delta Health hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the state of the hospital, its upcoming sales tax initiative and to answer community questions submitted throughout the week.

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During the Delta County Commissioners board meeting on Tuesday, April 5, Delta Health CEO Matt Heyn sought support for its upcoming sales tax initiative as he presented solutions to the hospital’s revenue losses over the course of the pandemic.

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Four nurses at Delta Health were honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every single day.

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Kelli Hepler of Delta County was awarded the prestigious Chairwoman’s Award from the Colorado Tourism Office Board of Directors during Gov Con 2021 in Pueblo. Hepler has been a tourism marketer for Scenic Byways, Delta County Tourism Cabinet, etc. for many years.

September is National Healthy Aging Month. We all know aging is unavoidable, but recognizing that aging can be healthy is not something we all have embraced. We’ve seen our older relatives and friends slowly “go down hill” as we say. True, for some of us there are genetics at play and pre-di…

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the country. In Colorado, the rate of suicide in rural areas is higher than in urban areas, at 27.7 deaths per 100,000 people versus 22.1 per 100,000, respectively. Suicide does not discriminate — people of all backgrounds, income levels and a…

There are actually people who wake up early in the morning, all rip-roaring happy to get underway with the challenges of a new day. My wife is one of these people. She wakes up every morning happy, chipper and talkative, ready to tackle the day with a great exuberance, and everyone else in t…

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Mark Noel relocated to Montrose only a year ago, but is already serving the community through advanced technology available at Montrose Memorial Hospital. As an Otolaryngologist at Colorado West Otolaryngologists, Noel treats patients with issues regarding the ears, nose and throat.

Therapy is more than coping skills. It is, for some of us, a reconciliation with our past – and with those who had hurt us in the past. By this, I do not mean we must reach out to those who have hurt us, who have delayed us, but in some way, we have to work to lose ourselves from their emoti…

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays has numerous harmful effects on your skin, including aging, wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer. These effects are magnified at a higher altitude. Compared to sea level, living at higher elevation exposes you to relatively 25% more ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Routines can get repetitive, but good routines are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. School is back in session, so it is important to help create a healthy routine when it comes to oral health.

Few moments in life match the joy of learning that you are expecting an addition to your family. Choosing the right health care facility to welcome your bundle of joy into the world is an important decision. The Birth Place at Community Hospital in Grand Junction is an eight bed LDRP that in…

Most parents cringe when it comes to discussing all things sex with their teenagers. And most teenagers would rather put in headphones and blast music versus talk about sex with their parents. But – it needs to be done. 

More good news for patients on the Western Slope, as Montrose Memorial Hospital’s new MRI machine features industry-leading technology for local patients needing detailed imagery to assist with their care.

Montrose Memorial Hospital is excited to sponsor our 50th Annual Fall Clinics on Sept. 24 at the Montrose Pavilion. This annual continuing medical education program began 50 years ago when physicians from the Western regional area gathered to listen to experts on the latest medical and proce…

During the time I was incarcerated in the sixth grade, the teacher assigned the class books to read. After reading these books, we were required to write a book report, highlighting the details of the book. The books the teacher selected for me were so boring, that there was absolutely no wa…

“Grief is generally thought of as an emotional response that happens after an event, like the death of a loved one,” said Bethany Floyd, HopeWest bereavement coordinator. “But grief can occur at any time in any way. For many, grief can happen when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal ill…

For some kids (and maybe for some parents), the start of the new school year is the most exciting event that comes every year. But for other kids, the start of the school year could create anxiety, especially for youths who are entering a transition year, such as going into kindergarten, int…

Colorado West Healthcare System, dba Community Hospital, has grown tremendously over the past several years. Since opening the new hospital in March 2016, Community Hospital has proudly expanded service lines to better serve the dynamic health care needs of western Colorado. In 2013, Interna…

According to a new AARP survey of adults, 3 out of 4 adults age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. Independence is important. They want to protect it, which is an understandable desire. Sometimes, however, the fear of relying on others gets to the point of …

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