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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 …

Montrose Dermatology and Cosmetics has served Montrose and the surrounding area for the past nine years. The practice has slowly expanded over the years to meet the needs of the growing community. This summer the practice moved into a newly renovated 9,000 square foot office on South Townsen…

Each year Delta Health’s emergency and trauma department treats more than 14,000 patients. As a certified Level IV Trauma Center, Delta Health continually works to provide accessible, high-quality emergency services to the community. Most recently, Delta Health brought on Jillian Emmons, RN,…

We live in a busy world. Between work demands, family obligations and the basic challenge of day-to-day living, life can be overwhelming and the constant grind can take its toll on anyone. Specifically, when you are faced with situations where constant stress and pressure are present, the ne…

Immunizations are a sensitive subject. Parents often have concerns about what is being injected into their children, or what the side effects may be. To add to it, opinions are coming from friends, family members and strangers on the internet regarding what they think parents should do. It c…

August is breastfeeding awareness month and staff at Delta Health are joining people (not just women) across the world who are celebrating and stepping up to help start the conversation in support of breastfeeding mothers.

Blood cancer patients in Montrose now have additional support with the arrival of Dr. Marcello Rotta. Visiting patients at the San Juan Cancer Center (SJCC) each month, Rotta helps local adult patients address their blood disorders – particularly blood cancers.

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Delta Health will be revamping the structure of its clinics and services to increase efficiency and to continue serving the community’s healthcare needs.

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On Aug. 3, 2021, Delta Health will be seeking feedback from our community stakeholders regarding the hospital’s community benefit activities, community benefits, costs and shortfalls from the preceding year. This will be held at the Delta Health Oncology Building at 100 Stafford Lane, Delta,…

Delta County isn’t out of the COVID-19 woods. The county’s low vaccination rate and the presence of the new Delta variant has one local pulmonologist sounding the alarm.

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According to a press release from the Delta County Environmental Health Department, there has been a air quality advisory issued at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for large portions of northern and central Colorado. 

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At the end of June Delta Health announced that Delta Health Urgent Care and the Delta Health West Elk Paonia Clinic will be closing with services absorbed into its primary care clinics. Both clinics will remain open until July 21, 2021, to serve patients.

With so much happening at Montrose Memorial Hospital, I couldn’t pick only one topic to write about this month. The expanded Lung and Sleep Center is growing with the addition of our new pulmonologist, Dr. Hersh; the announcement of a new CEO; and sensational news from the San Juan Healthcar…

Summer is my favorite season — and it’s no secret. All year long I look forward to the warmth when I can put away my electric blanket (yes, I keep it on from October through May) to spend time outside enjoying the mountains, rivers and lakes of the beautiful Western Slope.  

I have always been an adventurous spirit and adrenaline junkie. Traveling around the world in pursuit of hunting and fishing has given our family’s finances a double hernia. Fortunately, I have a wife who understands her husband is never going to grow up, and moreover, she occasionally will …

Delta Health Oncology and Hematology is excited to welcome its newest medical oncologist, Dr. Christine Urbanski. Urbanski brings 19 years of experience and is excited to be serving patients on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Summer on the Western Slope is hot! Many people elect to remain indoors in the heat of the day, but it is hard to corral children to the living room when they want to be running free outside. Heat affects children in different ways, but there are some things you can do to keep your children …

Music is a natural part of human life. We humans have created beautiful hymns, chants, ceremonial rhythms and classical masterpieces over the course of time. It is a connection to all life – from the rhythmic sounds of nature’s animal calls to the ocean waves crashing on the shore to our mot…

Being a parent to a young child can be challenging. Even during the least stressful of times, children’s emotions can change quickly and lead parents to wonder, is this normal? After a long challenging year of stress, triumph and unpredictability for adults it’s important to remember that ch…

A Kidz Clinic is Delta County’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC), and is one of many school-based health centers throughout Colorado. As a school-based health center and non-profit organization, A Kidz Clinic is driven by its mission to provide quality healthcare, emotional wellness, and de…

Western Colorado Spine, a comprehensive orthopedic spine practice in Grand Junction, was established in July 2018, when a local spine care team with over 50 years of combined experience chose to join Community Hospital. The team is composed of three orthopedic spine surgeons, two advanced pr…

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After serious consideration, Delta Health has decided to close the Delta Health Urgent aWest Elk Paonia Walk-in Clinic. The clinics will remain open until July 21, 2021, unless the staff, who will be displaced, find other employment in which case the clinics could close sooner.

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A person with Parkinson’s disease experiences a wide variety of symptoms and, though the illness is progressive and irreversible, there are choices. Medication helps, but so does attitude.

When someone talks about a “strong man,” what comes to mind? He’s built like a bodybuilder? He can crush cans with his bare hands? Rip the door off a car to rescue the people inside? Run into a burning building and emerge carrying women and children? Bench press his own bodyweight?  

Each week, we receive calls from our Friends and Family asking about the status of our Early Blood Draws events, which connect our community with reduced rate blood draws. I have great news to share: our 2021 Early Blood Draws are scheduled for this summer!

Aging is like fine wine 一 so many things in life get better as we move away from our younger years. However, age also comes with some health issues. As women get older, they often experience dipping estrogen levels and vaginal tissue atrophy, particularly after a pregnancy or after menopause.

June is known for celebrating the men and fathers in our lives on Father’s Day, but did you know that June is also a month dedicated to the awareness of men’s health? That’s right; June is Men’s Health Month, shining a light on the importance of men's and boys’ health and early disease detec…

June is Men’s Health Month where we focus on raising awareness about the diverse health and wellness needs of men. Men lead the pack in 9 out of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Suicide rates are also four times higher in men than in women. 

Montrose Memorial Hospital is known for leading rural healthcare by providing services that are unexpected for a community this size: with surgical robots, complete cancer care and advanced cardiology services, there is a lot that is surprising for a hospital in a rural setting. Here’s somet…

Nearly seven years ago, a long time goal was finally realized when Community Hospital opened its new cancer center. Grand Valley Oncology opened in December of 2014. Exactly one year later, Community Hospital announced its formal affiliation with the world-renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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