Grand Junction, CO (July 15, 2013) – Austin Lewis, Grand Junction High School rising Senior, has organized and will host an athletic combine sporting event to raise money for the Mesa County Junior Football Association (MCJFA). The event will take place July 20, 2013, at Colorado Mesa University, beginning at 9:00 am. Austin formed his own nonprofit, Western Rockies Sports Combine (WRSCombine.com) last year and is excited about the fourth event this July. “Western Colorado and Eastern Utah youth, along with coaching staff from many high schools, have been invited,” said Austin. “This year, the Grand Junction Tigers football team has as its main fundraiser this "free to the athletes" NFL style combine that allows athletes to record accurate athletic test event results,” said Austin. “These are a standardized group of speed, agility, and strength tests that are used by sporting teams around the country to accurately measure the athletic readiness of athletes.”
Austin’s father, Dr. Kenneth Lewis of Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists, thinks the event is a huge benefit, “Typically an athlete would need to travel from Western Colorado and pay a fee to have this testing done. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community.”
“We have decided to combine this event with a free “King of the Western Slope” seven-on-seven football tournament to add some more excitement to the day,” added Austin. “This tournament is also free to the kids who participate.”
Sponsors are necessary for the event to remain free to participants. “We couldn’t do this without the generous support of our sponsors,” said Austin. “All of the funds raised will be used to serve the athletes at the combine and to help with the cost of the 2013-14 football season.”
A sports combine is usually a combination of certain sport specific conditioning drills to determine speed, strength, and skill level depending on the sport. These abilities are put on display for coaches, scouts, and whoever would be interested in watching the evaluation of the athlete. For the athlete, it is a chance to display his or her abilities, speed, strength, and skill set for a specific sport. It usually involves some kind of weight lifting, agility drills, sprinting, and depending on the sport, a set of specific sport drills.
Flagship Sponsor, Family Health West’s CEO and President, Mark Francis thinks the event is important, “It’s a great cause and the results obtained can be used to gauge improvement of an athlete’s speed and agility over time. We are proud to promote our youth’s athletics.”
Combine events are appropriate to evaluate athletes in all field-related sports including football, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, baseball, and softball. It’s open to boys and girls of any age. 7 on 7 teams must be registered by a high school coach. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Austin at 970-263-4250 or visit www.WRSCombine.com
Fruita, CO (July 10, 2012) – From July 15 – August 9, 2013 , Sports Physicals for School District 51 Students will be available at Family Health West’s Access Clinic located at 215 N. Plum in Fruita, from 2 pm – 5 pm Monday through Friday and with extended hours 1 pm – 5 pm July 29 – August 2. The cost is $25. Students should bring appropriate paperwork. Appointments are preferred, but not necessary.
“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. Physicals will be done on a first-come, first-served basis unless student has scheduled an appointment.” Appointments can be made by calling 970-858-2190.
Fruita, CO (May 22, 2013) – Family Health West is pleased to announce the success of their 24th Annual Red Baron Ball, held April 20th at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Grand Junction. The sold-out event raised more than $80,000. The event’s proceeds were dedicated to the renovation of The Willows Assisted Living Facility located at 243 N Cherry Street in Fruita.
This year’s theme was the game of Monopoly where guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the live music of Bobby Walker and the Rhythm Review. Guests also watched a video of The Willow’s residents’ families talk about how much they appreciate the care provided. Premier sponsors of the event were Central Distributing, Co.; Critical Nurse Staffing, DoubleTree by Hilton, FCI Constructors, Inc.; Home Loan Investment, Co.; and The Daily Sentinel. Red Baron sponsors were Alpine Bank, Mark J. Francis, Dr. K.C. & Mrs. Kim Lewis; Mountain Aire Medical Supply, Inc.; and Western Valley Family Practice.
“The Willows has a reputation in the Valley for providing unmatched care. We rarely have a room available as a result,” said Angelina Salazar, Director of Development, “We thank our wonderful sponsors and guests for ensuring that our residents’ living environment reflects the care they receive.”
Family Health West will replace the carpet and the roof to ensure both efficiency and enjoyment for residents and their families.
“We still need to raise a bit more to cover the cost of replacing the windows,” said Lorraine Archuleta, Event Coordinator, “We appreciate the support of our generous community.”
Family Health West is a nonprofit that relies on charitable contributions for capital and program support. 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 nonprofit organization.
Most recently, Family Health West opened the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery, and the Wound Care Center. Family Health West opened their new hospital in 2009 complete with urgent care and emergency department, surgery suites, and other inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, Family Health West also offers an Imaging Center, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, Pediatric Therapy, Outpatient Procedure Center, assisted living residences and extended long-term care specializing in Alzheimer’s care.
Fruita, CO – May 16, 2013 Family Health West therapists Anouk Kincaid and Melissa Combs will be offering customized wheelchair fittings May 22nd, 23rd and 24th at the Family Health West Pediatric Therapy Clinic located at 576 Kokopelli, Suite F in Fruita.
Two of three certified Ride custom seating specialist in the Valley, Anouk and Melissa will cast patients and then send the mold to Ride Designs in Denver, “After a patient has a PT evaluation for seating and mobility, we cast the patient using a bean bag type of material where the air is sucked out to fit snugly around the patient’s body,” explained Anouk, “We then send the cast to Ride Designs where they create a custom seat and back for the patients wheelchair.”
The Wheelchair Seating Clinic will take place from 12pm – 5pm on Wednesday the 22nd; 9am – 5pm on Thursday the 23rd and; 9am – 12pm on Friday the 24th.
For more information about custom wheelchair seating and/or the pediatric clinic please contact 970-858-2572
Fruita, CO (May 3, 2013) – Family Health West has recently welcomed Tarji Bond as the surgical services manager. Tarji was born in Michigan but grew up in Los Angeles. She began her healthcare career as an OR technician in the U.S. Army. She was stationed at Walter Reed, DC and then moved to Atlanta, GA where she attended Dekalb Nursing School and graduated in 1994. In addition to being an RN, Tarji has fulfilled the role of Clinical Supervisor, Perioperative Educator, and Clinical Manager in surgical settings.
“We are thrilled to have Tarji on board,” said Chief of Nursing, Lori Henderson, “Tarji not only brings her breadth of experience, but an uncompromising commitment to patient care.”
Tarji enjoys snowboarding and activities with her family, which includes her husband and three children. “Most of my free time is centered around my family. We recently bought bikes and look forward to riding the Riverfront Trail,” said Tarji. “I think Family Health West has a great surgery team. The potential and opportunity for growth here is amazing.”
Fruita, CO (May 1, 2013) – Family Health West is undergoing a Community Heath Needs Assessment in partnership with Colorado Strides, a program of the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC). This assessment consists of three meetings involving residents of the Lower Valley and representatives of certain Mesa County agencies to determine where the community is in terms of health, healthcare and healthy living. “Together, this series of meetings, along with a community-wide questionnaire, will allow Lower Valley residents and local leaders to engage with Family Health West in order to ensure that the organization is best meeting the health care needs of the people we serve and well as plan for the future,” said Family Health West CEO and President, Marks. J. Francis.
Using a model based on the work of the National Center for Rural Health Works in Oklahoma, Colorado STRIDES works with Communities on issues associated with community and local leadership development. “We recognize that communities with vibrant economies, well developed amenities, and engaged leaders are the very communities best able to provide the best quality of care, as well as to recruit and retain professional healthcare providers, an issue that hampers access to care in many parts of rural America,” said Jason McCormick, Family Health West CFO.
The Community Health Needs Assessment is made possible by funding from Family Health West, the Colorado Rural Health Center and through a grant received from The Colorado Health Foundation.
Fruita, CO (February 5, 2013) – Family Health West has recently welcomed Cheryl Dean as the adult extended care director. Born and raised in upstate New York, Cheryl attended Cornell University where she obtained her degree in Nutritional Sciences and then moved to Boston to complete her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University’s teaching hospital. She began working in long-term care in 1998 and enjoyed 9 years as a dietitian and dietary manager. As she became more involved in the field, she found that she wanted to pursue an administrative role, “In 2007, I became a nursing home administrator and have worked in that capacity ever since,” said Cheryl.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Cheryl on our team,” said Lori Henderson, Family Health West Chief Nursing Officer, “She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for long-term care that will certainly benefit our residents and their families, not to mention our staff.”
Cheryl is married with 4 children and enjoys spending her free time with them and her horses outdoors hiking, riding, camping and fishing.
Fruita, CO – January 29, 2013 Family Health West announces Jera Gross as the winner of the bi-annual Art for Health competition. The Art for Health Reception will take place February 14, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:00 in the Family Health West Hospital lobby. Jera is a local artist who works in many mediums, but prefers watercolor.
Jera was born in Telluride, but has been in the Grand Valley since 1951. She began painting in 1989, “I took my first watercolor class at what was then, Mesa State College,” said Jera, “I enjoy watercolor for its fluidity and the wonderful surprises that show up when the colors flow together.”
“We are thrilled to have Jera’s work in the hospital,” added Angelina Salazar, Director of Community Relations, “Our patients, our staff, their families and friends all have the opportunity to not only view what our local artists are doing, they get to experience an environment that promotes healing. We thank the Fruita Arts and Culture Board for selecting us as a venue for this very important endeavor.”
Fruita, CO (January 21, 2013) – The Willows, secure assisted living at Family Health West in Fruita, is getting a face lift…or a roof lift. Family Health West is pleased to announce that The Willows will be the recipient of the upcoming 24th Annual Red Baron Ball fundraiser to be held April 20th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Grand Junction. The proceeds of the Red Baron Ball will help renovate The Willows to enhance thelives of the residents, and the staff who work there.
According to Kayren Goss, Director, the primary needs are a new roof, new carpet, and new windows for all of the residents' rooms. "We need shingles, the carpet is too old, and we would love to have energy efficient windows for the comfort of our residents," said Kayren, "And if anything is left, I have some other ideas!"
Kayren has been with The Willows for 4 years and director for 2, but actually has been working at Family Health West for over 39. She says, "I started out in the nursing home and never left!" Kayren, a Registered Nurse, was born and raised in Fruita and takes pride in running one of the most sought after residences in the valley for elderly experiencing dementia. "We are small, family-oriented, and though we're not fancy, we are clean…and we truly care," said Kayren.
Kay McDaniel, who lives in Arizona, agrees. Her mother is a current resident at The Willows. "Well you don't have enough time or space for what I have to say about The Willows," Kay exclaims, "The entire staff is so caring. They extend that care to the whole family and Kayren is totally awesome. The volume of communication I receive from her about my mom is truly wonderful."
Mark Francis, President and CEO, looks forward to renovating The Willows. "The care is what sets The Willows apart. We consistently get feedback from families that let us know how much they appreciate the way they and their loved ones are treated. The Willows is close to the hospital, the recreation center, downtown shopping, and restaurants," added Mark, "With some upgrades, we know our families will be that much more satisfied."
Fruita, CO (December 11, 2012) – Family Health West is now offering a widow/widower support group gathering to be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month beginning at 3:00pm at the Fruita Community Center’s Senior Center. The support group meets to share memories and challenges of losing a life partner. “The meetings last between an hour to an hour and a half,” says Carolyn Tanksley, Family Health West Social Worker and coordinator of the support group, “We started the group because we were often asked where people who had lost their spouse could gain support and coping skills in Fruita.”