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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

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.

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