News and Events

Family Health West Offers Sports Physicals

Fruita, CO (July 17, 2014) - Sports physicals for School District 51 Students are available at the Family Health West ACCESS CLINIC, 215 N Plum Street, Fruita, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

The cost is $25 and students should bring the appropriate forms, “We will perform a physical exam required for sports participation,” said Lori Henderson, Chief Nursing Officer, “These physicals ensure that the student is physically fit for his or her particular sport interest.” 

Please call 858-2190 to make an appointment

Media Advisory: Family Health West Ribbon Cutting for New Radiology Wing

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting, Open House, and Presentation of the new Family Health West radiology wing featuring 3D Mammography, Wide-Bore MRI, Digital X-Ray and GE 64-Slice CT Scanner.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, beginning at 5:00 pm with presentations from the Family Health West Women’s Health Care Team at 5:15 pm.

WHERE: Family Health West Hospital, 300 W. Ottley Avenue, Fruita


Dr. Neste
Michael Neste, MD – Family Health West’s new Medical Director of Radiology

Dr. Glasser
Rebecca Glasser, MD – of Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery* specializing in breast reconstruction

Dr. Howell
Kevin Howell, DO – of Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care* specializing in OBGYN

Mark Francis
Mark Francis – CEO and President of Family Health West

Stacy Mascarenas
Stacey Mascarenas – Chair, Family Health West Board of Trustees

Dr. Fred Barbero, Wound Care Director at Family Health West

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Fruita, CO (June 9, 2014) – Family Health West is pleased to announce Dr. Fred Barbero as the full time Medical Director of Wound Care. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Barbero received his medical training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Ogden. After being an ER doctor for 36 years, most recently as Medical Director of Family Health West’s Emergency Department, Dr. Barbero decided to focus his efforts on developing and advancing the capabilities of Family Health West’s Wound Care Center. “As the Medical Director, I lead a five-person Wound Care Team providing therapy for patients with chronic, stubborn-to-heal wounds,” said Dr. Barbero. “Most of our patients have other chronic illnesses which complicate their abilities to heal. As our clinic has grown over the past two years, we have added new therapeutic capabilities such as micro-current treatments and diagnostic capabilities such as perfusion testing.”

Mark Francis, Family Health West President and CEO, is pleased with this change, “We are so fortunate to have the wealth of experience and professionalism that Dr. Barbero brings to the Wound Care Center. It provides advantages to patients who need specialized intervention to assist with healing their wounds. It also provides an option for physicians to refer their patients for assistance with difficult-to-heal wounds."

Dr. Barbero has studied and volunteered as a physician in Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, “These experiences all have allowed me to learn and utilize medical Spanish. I worked as a doctor in migrant clinics for several years in Utah and in Palisade.”
In his free time, Dr. Barbero enjoys alpine skiing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, climbing 14ers, mountain biking, road biking, and traveling. Dr. Barbero adds, “My newest passion is learning how to be a top-notch granddad and passing on my passion for life and its experiences.”

For more information about Family Health West, call 970-858-2104 or visit

Family Health West Welcomes New Medical Director of Radiology

Fruita, CO (June 6, 2014) – Family Health West has recently expanded their radiology department to include not only the best in imaging technology, but also Dr. Michael Neste as the Medical Director of Radiology. “Having a radiologist on site is a critical piece to our hospital growth,” said Family Health West CEO and President, Mark J. Francis. “Dr. Neste brings a wealth of expertise, professionalism, and leadership necessary for our expansion.”

Dr. Neste is originally from Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for medical school. He completed his residency and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Michigan. As Medical Director of Radiology at Family Health West, Dr. Neste will read all radiographic studies, perform minimally invasive procedures, and oversee all standards and protocols for the department.

“I am very excited to be part of Family Health West,” said Dr. Neste. “The enthusiasm and vision of the administration and staff make Family Health West a unique place to practice medicine. By investing in and developing a full service radiology department, the hospital has shown its commitment to providing high quality health care to the surrounding community."

In his free time, Dr. Neste enjoys theater and the outdoor opportunities that Western Colorado affords. He especially enjoys skiing and cycling.

Dr. Joseph Kupets, New Family Health West Emergency Medical Director

Fruita, CO (May 19, 2014) – Family Health West is pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Kupets as their Emergency Medical Director. Dr. Kupets has worked as a medical emergency physician at Family Health West since April of 2011 and will assume his new role June 1, 2014.

Dr. Kupets received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Kupets in this new role,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West CEO and President. “He is well respected by his peers and provides outstanding care for our patients—exactly the kind of physician we want to lead the emergency department.”

“I’m honored to accept this role at Family Health West,” said Dr. Kupets, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me professionally and an exciting challenge as we look forward to expanding our emergency care services.”
In his free time, Dr. Kupets enjoys Ford Mustangs and car shows.

Family Health West Employee Selected as Member of National Healthcare Information Society

Fruita, CO (May 15, 2014) – Pam Foyster, Family Health West Director of Clinical Informatics, was recently selected to serve as a member of the National Healthcare Information Society’s (HIMSS) Management Engineering and Process Improvement Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to support and promote the profession of management engineering and process improvement by providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, publication, promotion, and professional development in national healthcare organizations.

Pam was hired at Family Health West in December of 2013 to implement Cerner (an international healthcare information technology corporation specializing in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations) to manage and integrate all electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry, and financial information. Her participation in HIMSS affords Family Health West the ability to continually improve their electronic health records system to ensure better communication among healthcare professionals and patients.

"Management Engineering and Process Improvement are components of any organization's growth and evolution. Our real-life example is the Cerner project itself. If we install the best technology but do nothing to improve our process, we gain nothing. We could improve processes without technology, but the gain would be limited. By doing both, we get more out of our efforts and become an even better organization in the process."

Mark Francis, Family Health West CEO and President, believes Pam’s national involvement benefits our community, “Pam’s commitment and dedication to improving patient care is exemplified by her involvement in HIMSS. We appreciate her representing us as healthcare organizations all over the country work together to make positive changes in communication.”

New Tomosynthesis Mammography at Family Health West

Fruita, CO (May 1, 2014) - Family Health West has announced the arrival of the new Tomosynthesis Mammography (three dimensional mammography) to their Hospital. Family Health West is one of the first healthcare facilities in Colorado to offer 3D mammography. Tomosynthesis Mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast tissue images. This not only improves the ability to detect breast cancer, but also decreases the need for additional examinations so often needed in mammography. The images appear on the technologist’s and radiologist’s monitor within seconds, which results in a more rapid examination and ultimately a more efficient experience for the patient.

Family Health West Hospital is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to the most elite of healthcare providers. “Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Michelle Angelo, Family Health West Director of Radiology, “By offering digital mammograms, Family Health West is hoping to increase the number of women in the Valley who follow recommendations for regular screenings. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%.”

“Tomosynthesis is the first of its kind in the Grand Valley, and has been shown to significantly reduce the number of false positive mammograms and decrease the need for breast biopsies,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West CEO and President, “Furthermore, our Mammography Department will have a radiology physician on site. This means that in addition to screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and most biopsies can now be performed here at Family Health West.”

“We are excited about our state-of-the-art technology and enhanced mammography services,” added Lori Henderson, Family Health West CNO, “The Tomosynthesis Mammography expands our capacity to take care of our patients with the best in technology for their convenience and that of their physicians.”

Fruita City Council and Family Health West Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12

Fruita, CO April 29, 2014 – Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Transferring Health Care Through Nursing Leadership” as the theme for 2014. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent healthcare companies and institutions.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. On Tuesday, May 6, registered nurses at Family Health West will be honored by the Fruita City Council with a proclamation, “The City of Fruita supports the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week as founded by the American Nurses Association,” said Fruita City Councilwoman and Family Health West Board Chair, Stacey Mascarenas. “We recognize the significant contributions of nurses to the healthcare system of the United States and to the Lower Valley area of Mesa County and encourage our citizens to observe National Nurses Week with appropriate recognition to demonstrate the importance of nurses to the everyday lives of patients and families.”

The Proclamation will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 6, at Fruita City Hall, 325 E. Aspen Avenue, Fruita. “We are so appreciative of this recognition,” said Chief Nursing Officer, Lori Henderson. “Registered nurses comprise the largest healthcare profession and strive daily to improve the lives of the patients they serve.”

For more information about services or how you can support Family Health West, please call 970-858-2104 or visit

Family Health West is an expanding, healthcare organization that provides a hospital that includes laboratory, radiology, urgent care, emergency department, and surgery; outpatient procedure center; pain management, assisted living facilities; a nursing home to include Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing; pediatric rehabilitation; wound care center; rehabilitation therapy center; an imaging center; coagulation clinic; arthritis center, plastic surgery center, women’s health care and now, podiatry. For more information on services, please call (970) 858-2104 or visit

Family Health West Welcomes Dr. Roy Mears

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Fruita, CO (April 16, 2014) – Family Health West is pleased to welcome Dr. Roy Mears, DO. Dr. Mears was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Darby, Montana. He attended undergraduate school in Montana; went to the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California; and then completed his residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Dr. Mears will be providing osteopathic manipulation medicine and intermittently assisting in the emergency department and the Access Clinic,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West President and CEO. “We look forward to providing his expertise to our community.”

“I’m looking forward to working with all of the great personalities in Fruita and building my practice in this growing community,” said Dr. Mears. When he’s not taking care of patients, he is hiking, biking, camping, and enjoying various shooting sports. Dr. Mears is married to Dr. Jessica Mears, rheumatologist at The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, a service provided by Family Health West.

The 25th Annual Red Baron Ball A New Destination in Health Care!

Fruita, CO (April 11, 2014) – Family Health West in Fruita is pleased to announce the upcoming 25th annual Red Baron Ball celebrating over 60 years of providing health care to the community. The event is scheduled for April 26, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Junction.
This year’s theme is “A New Destination in Health Care!” with proceeds going toward Family Health West’s Women’s Healthcare Center. The décor will reflect the travel experience. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to live music by “Hey Lady!” out of Longmont, Colorado.

Family Health West’s Voyage Sponsor this year is FCI Constructors, Inc. Other major sponsors include Alpine Bank, Central Distributing Co., Home Loan Investment Co., DoubleTree by Hilton, Mark & Debb Francis, General Surgeons of Western Colorado, Lori Henderson, Dr. KC Lewis & Mrs. Kim Lewis, Mountain Aire Medical Supply, Inc., and Western Valley Family Practice. “We appreciate our community’s support tremendously,” said Lorraine Archuleta, event coordinator. “This year’s event has a lot of surprises in store.”

“The proceeds will support our Women’s Healthcare Center,” said Angelina Salazar, development director. “In addition to the facility itself, funding will go toward the purchase of a tomosynthesis mammography unit. Tomosynthesis is most commonly used in 3-D mammography because the tomography process can create a three dimensional view that doctors can examine in a virtual environment, enabling suspected tumors and masses in the breast to be detected with a higher degree of accuracy.”
The Red Baron Ball, the organization’s biggest fundraiser, was first held in the West Star Aviation hangar at Walker Field 24 years ago. Over the years, the Ball has become a treasured event as the event sells out each year and raises funds for the 501(c)3 organization.
Family Health West opened a new Hospital in 2009 complete with urgent care and emergency department, surgery suites, and other inpatient and outpatient services. Recently, it expanded services again to meet the needs of the community by opening Atlas Arch Neurosurgery, Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care, and Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle. Family Health West also offers an Imaging Center, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, Outpatient Procedure Center, assisted living residences, and extended long-term care specializing in Alzheimer’s care.
For more information about services or how you can support Family Health West, please call 970-858-2104 or visit

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