News and Events

Family Health West Welcomes Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle With Fruita Ribbon Cutting

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Fruita, CO (April 10, 2014) – Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle, a service of Family Health West, is proud to welcome Dr. Troy Griffiths. Located at 551Kokopelli Blvd, Suite H in Fruita, Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle specializes in treating foot and ankle problems. The community is invited to a Fruita Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, April 16 at 4:30pm at his new location.

Mark J. Francis, Family Health West President and CEO, is pleased with the addition, “Dr. Griffiths has been providing foot and ankle care to patients in our Hospital for some time now. His patients trust him and have nothing but wonderful feedback on his care. His commitment and dedication are perfectly aligned with Family Health West’s vision.”

Board Certified, Dr. Griffiths graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1993 and completed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 1995. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Colorado Podiatric Medical Association.

Ladies’ Appreciation Night at Fruita Community Center

Amy Hill-FifeFruita, CO (April 7, 2014) – Dr. Rebecca Glasser of Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery, a service provided by Family Health West, will offer a night of appreciation for our mothers on Thursday, May 8, beginning at 4:30 pm at the Fruita Community Center. Dr. Glasser, a plastic surgeon, along with a host of other area specialists, will be on hand to provide information and products. “The first hour, ladies will have the opportunity to walk around to various tables to learn more about products and services related to health and beauty while enjoying refreshments provided by Family Health West,” said Dr. Glasser. “At 5:30, each specialist will provide a brief talk educating Dr Mearswomen on a variety of topics including Pelvic Health and the Benefits of PT, Yoga Moves designed for the female physique, and Hormone Imbalance.”

Dr MearsThe specialists include Amy Hill Fife, PT and Analii Cunningham, both of Movement Therapies Wellness, and Mary Leeds of Metabolic Research Center. “Whether you are a mother or have a mother, this is a great event for women to gather, celebrate, and learn something that pertains to them,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Director of Communications. “We encourage individuals to reserve space early since seating is limited.”

To reserve space or to find out more, call Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery at 858-2595.

Dr. Troy Griffiths Heads to Nicaragua to Provide Surgeries

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Fruita, CO (March 19, 2014) – Dr. Troy Griffiths of Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle, a service provided by Family Health West, is headed to Chinandega, Nicaragua to perform surgery as a volunteer. Dr. Griffiths, his wife, and 35 others from the Fellowship Church in Grand Junction leave Friday, March 21, to join Amigos through Christ, a nonprofit organization working in Nicaragua to facilitate clean water, health, education, economic, and infrastructure improvements in rural Nicaragua.

“I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to give back to impoverished areas and now that I’m established and my children are older, my wife and I are doing just that,” said Dr. Griffiths. “Working alongside the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and local hospitals, I will provide surgical services to those who are suffering and have no alternatives.” The rest of the group will drill wells and build water and sanitation systems. Working alongside the community they are serving, they will create an infrastructure to produce 100 gallons of water each day at every home. “The organization also provides a modern bathroom model that promotes sanitary living conditions by utilizing a flush-toilet and shower,” added Dr. Griffiths, “We went for the first time last year and plan to do it every year.”

Family Health West is People’s Choice!

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Fruita, CO (March 18, 2014) – Family Health West recently won the Horizon Rotary’s A La Mode People’s Choice Award. The event, held at the DoubleTree Hotel on March 13, showcased the Valley’s finest desserts from the area’s best chefs to raise money for local nonprofits. “We entered because our patients and staff are always commenting on how wonderful the food is here,” said Kay Garcia, Family Health West Dietary Director. “We created two desserts, a delicious S’more-like cookie with homemade meringue on top and one we call ‘Birthday Party in a Glass – Shot Glass That Is.”

Catering Supervisor, Sef Apodaca, enjoyed the challenge and the results, “It was so fun to see the guests’ faces as we torched the meringue in front of their eyes. Our creation was not just a feast for the mouth, but for the eyes as well.”

The Dietary Team takes the job seriously and believes this opens up more doors for future community involvement. “We make great food,” added Kay, “But our team knows that food is much more than nutrition. It’s an experience, and we are committed to creating the best experience we can.”

Family Health West Announces Access Clinic for All District 51 Students

Fruita, CO – March 12, 2014 Family Health West announces that their Access Clinic
is now open to all District 51 students ages 18 and under for $15. Located at 215 N.
Plum Street in Fruita, the Access Clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners and physician
assistants who specialize in family health care. They are trained to diagnose, treat and
write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as the following:

• Strep Throat

• Infections (eye, ear, sinus, bladder, bronchial)

• Minor Wounds

• Minor Abrasions

“The goal of the Family Health West Access Clinic is to provide a much
needed service for our community that is professional, convenient and staffed with

professionals who are dedicated to taking care of families,” said CEO and President,

Mark J. Francis, “Even if a student does not have insurance, they will be treated for


For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-858-2190.

Rheumatologist Dr. Jessica Baer Mears Clears up Arthritis Confusion

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Fruita, CO (February 27, 2014) – Family Health West and the Fruita Community Center are proud to present as part of their Winter Speaker Series, a free lecture on Tuesday, March 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center. Dr. Jessica Baer Mears of The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, a service of Family Health West, will discuss arthritis in a presentation entitled, “Arthritis: It’s all the same, isn’t it?”

Dr. Baer Mears attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and then completed her internal medicine residency at Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Michigan State University/McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital. She is a member of several associations including the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American Osteopathic Association, and a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. She is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

The talk is free but space is limited. Call 858-0360 for more information or to reserve your seat.

Family Health West Welcomes Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care With Two Ribbon Cuttings


Fruita, CO (February 27, 2014) – Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care, a service of Family Health West, is proud to welcome Dr. Kevin Howell. Located in the Canyon View Medical Plaza at 2373 G Road, #270, Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care specializes in obstetric and gynecological care. The community is invited to a Fruita Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, March 5, at 3:30 pm and then a Grand Junction Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, March 6, at 4:00 pm. Both ribbon cuttings will take place at Dr. Howell’s new office location.
Dr. Howell is Board Certified and graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 1982 then entered Medical School at North Texas State University in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the recipient of several awards in Medical School and graduated in 1986. He served his Internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center from 1986 to 1987 and then his Residency Program from 1987 to 1991. During his Residency, he trained at Harvard Medical School and was the recipient of the Felix Rutledge Fellowship at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He served as the Chief of Residents in his final year of Residency and won several research awards during his training. Following his training, he moved to Antioch, California and practiced in private practice for four years before moving to Grand Junction. He has been providing women’s health care for over 19 years.

Anatomy and Diagnosis of Low Back Pain: Free Talk in Fruita

Fruita, CO (February 4, 2014) – Family Health West and the Fruita Community Center are proud to present as part of their Winter Speaker Series, a free lecture on Tuesday, February 11th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center. This upcoming presentation will cover the anatomy and diagnosis of low back pain featuring Family Health West Physical Therapist, Ellen Mead. “Low back pain is one of the most common complaints people have and can be the most complex to diagnose,” said Mead, “During my talk I will discuss the anatomy of the back, differential diagnosis of the spine, testing, and the red flags that indicate the need for medical attention.”

The Series began in 2011 and continues to be a success, “It’s such a unique and wonderful benefit to have the Fruita Recreation Center right next door to the Family Health West Hospital,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Director of Community Relations, “Our doctors and specialists can provide free information on a wealth of topics in a friendly, comfortable setting that promotes health every day.”

Call 858-2147 for more information or 858-0360 to reserve your space.

Get Ready for the Annual Sweetheart Run and Health Expo

Fruita, CO – January 28, 2014 Family Health West and The City of Fruita present the 7th annual Sweet Heart Run and Health Expo on February 8th. Registration for the 5k run/walk and 10k run is now open.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the Fruita Community Center. The health expo will be held in the gymnasium of the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo will feature free health screenings, information and education from local health-related businesses and organizations, “Everyone is encouraged to attend the Expo, whether you are running or not,
said Angelina Salazar, Family Health Development and CommunityRelations Director. The line-up of health organizations includes the following:

Marillac Clinic
American Cancer society Relay for Life of Fruita
New Creation Hearing Solutions
Active Life Wellness Center
Back to Health Wellness Center
Mesa County RSVP
Colorado Hearth Healthy Solutions
Nightingale's Home Care/Elite Care at Home
Family Health West Therapy
Family Health West Emergency Department
Family Health West Oaks Assisted Living
Fruita Chiropractic & Massage
Boston Scientific
Mesa County ARCH
Western Valley Family Practice
Health Rising Wellness
United Way of Mesa County
Comfort Keepers and Clinic
Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates
Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions-Hilltop

Registration for the 5k run is $20 and the 10k is $25. Runners can also choose to enter the “sweetheart category” and combine their time with a spouse, parent, sibling or friend and compete against other teams. The entry fee for this division is $17 for the 5k and $22 for the 10k (per person).

For more information about the Expo, contact 858-2112. To register for the Run, please call 970-858-0360, or go to

Lorraine Archuleta Receives Ruth B. Wyper Award

Fruita, CO – January 29, 2013 – Family Health West recently awarded Lorraine Archuleta, their annual Ruth B. Wyper Award. This award is bestowed annually to an individual or entity that has had a significant impact on the well-being and mission of the Lower Valley Hospital Association d/b/a Family Health West. Lorraine was selected because of her years of dedication, dependability, reliability, impact of service, and her representation of Family Health West in the community.
“I’m truly honored,” said Lorraine, “Last night as Lori was presenting the award, I was thinking of a few co-workers and it wasn't until her last three words that it dawned on me -- oh my gosh it's me!” Lorraine began her career at Family Health West in 1981 as a medical records clerk. Over the years she has held other positions such as administrative assistant, contributions and marketing assistant, events coordinator and her current role as advertising manager. “My employment at Family Health West has been very rewarding. Over the years, I have been offered new tasks with some skills needed that I didn’t possess but it didn’t take long for me to master them,” said Lorraine, “My co-workers are extremely supportive, positive, and open to change. If there's one thing I've learned working at Family Health West, change happens and if you believe in our mission and go with the flow, the change will create a positive effect.”

The Ruth B. Wyper Award began in 1959 when two families wanted to honor their mother and grandmother after receiving care from Family Health West. Additionally, in appreciation of excellent laboratory services, one of the family members designated Family Health West’s laboratory as one recipient of estate proceeds. This annual award has been presented over the past 50 years to an individual or group who has had extraordinary involvement and provided exceptional service to the organization.
“Lorraine is a jack-of-all-trades and is known for doing whatever it takes to get the job done and to get it done right,” said Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, Lori Henderson, “We are so fortunate to have Lorraine as part of our family.”

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