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.”
Fruita, CO (November 27, 2012) – Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery with Dr. Rebecca Glasser opens officially January 2, 2013, but that hasn’t prevented her from joining in community education efforts early. Family Health West and the Fruita Community Center are proud to have Dr. Glasser kick off their winter speakers’ series with “Ladies’ Night” on December 11th, 5:30 – 7:00pm. Dr. Glasser, a plastic surgeon and the most recent addition to Family Health West’s surgical team, will discuss women’s beauty and answer questions related to aging, breast health, beauty inside and out, and more. “We are really excited to have Dr. Glasser, one of the only female plastic surgeons on the Western Slope, here to educate women on options they have for looking their best, while focusing overall on health and wellbeing,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Director of Communications, “The first night will be dedicated to discussing what beauty is and how to discover it within ourselves.”
Ladies’ Night will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month through April providing women the opportunity to learn, socialize, and enjoy light refreshments as part of this special series. It will be held in the Peach Meeting Room at the Fruita Community Center and is FREE, but space is limited so call now! RSVP by calling 858-0360. (the word please is in RSVP)
Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Glasser attended medical school at the University of North Carolina. For her general surgery training, she attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. She trained a year at the University of Florida in Jacksonville in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and then went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete her plastic surgery training. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Due to her passion for helping patients with breast cancer, in 2004 she became involved with The Donna Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting breast cancer patients with the financial strain of health costs. She served on the Board of Directors as well as hosted “An Evening on the Pink Carpet” for three years where 20 of her breast cancer patients were the models in a fashion show to raise money for the Foundation. “I decided to move to Colorado after spending several vacations with friends here,” said Dr. Glasser, “I look forward to continuing my work in plastic surgery and enjoying the incredible lifestyle of the Western Slope.”
Fruita, CO – October 23, 2012 Family Health West is proud to announce the opening of their new Wound Care Center providing care for patients with wounds that will not heal properly.
The Wound Care Center, located at 551Kokopelli, Suite H, provides exceptional treatments for wound care, including therapies with electrical stimulation and ultrasound to accelerate wound closure. “The Wound Care Center’s therapies have proven results that reduce healing time by more than 50%,” said Dr. Fred Barbero, Family Health West Wound Care Team member and Medical Staff Director.
Some of the types of wounds treated by the Center include the following:
“The goal of the Family Health West Wound Care Center is to provide a much needed service for our community that is professional, convenient and staffed with the professionals who are dedicated to learning and applying the best in health care services ,” said CEO and President, Mark J. Francis. The Wound Care Team includes, Dr. Fred Barbero, Dr. Diane Dill, Val Herrera, RN and Trudy Hoffman, PT.
For more information about the Wound Care Center , call 970-858-2586.
All appointments do require a physician referral and Medicare and Medicaid patients are welcomed.
Fruita, CO (September 18, 2012) –Family Health West invites you to take the Monumental Challenge on October 20th, 2012! This difficult road ride is not for the average rider. The route covers over 65 miles that include 3 strenuous climbs up the Monument, (both entrances), and Little Park Road. The Ride is part of the Fruita Rotary’s Gear Down F-Town event that same weekend to celebrate biking for all ages. The ride begins at 7:30am in the Family Health West Hospital parking lot and heads up the west end of the National Monument. It then heads back down to traverse hwy 360 to Little Park Road. Coming back down and back across hwy 360, the ride climbs up the east end of the monument to take the final stretch back to Fruita to end at the Fruita Community Center.
Sponsors of the event include Precision Promotional Products, Alpine Bank and Wells Fargo Advisors who are dedicating their aid station in memory of a former employee, Tim Sewell. “We were thrilled when Fruita Rotary approached us to be the recipients of the funds raised by this truly unique ride,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Development and Community Relations Director, “We appreciate our sponsors and the amazing riders for supporting us.”
Riders can register on www.active.com and look under Monumental Challenge Ride. Riders will receive a new pair of riding socks, a free shower at the Fruita Community Center, a free lunch sponsored by Family Health West and a free beer ticket to the Gear Down F-Town festival that follows the ride. The ride is limited to 100 riders. “This event is truly one of a kind,” said Tom McNamara, Fruita Rotary President, “We invite everyone to come to the Gear Down F-Town festival afterwards to listen to live music and congratulate our fearless riders.”
Fruita, CO – August 23, 2012 Family Health West is proud to welcome Daniel Vorse as the new hospital respiratory therapist manager. Dan completed the Respiratory Therapy Program at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. With 30 years in respiratory therapy acute care medicine, he has worked in 28-400 bed hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and the last 13 years in Colorado. Dan says, “As Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes ‘A friend is the hope of the heart.’ This quote sums up small community hospitals. The community is our friend and a small community hospital will treat that community with respect, honor, and compassion. It’s great getting back to a similar hospital like where I started 30 years ago at Mark E. Reed in Washington.”
“We are excited to be able to provide respiratory therapy and are fortunate to have Dan leading the way,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West President and CEO, “Dan not only has extensive experience, but shows enthusiasm and dedication to what he does. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team.”
Dan and his family moved to Grand Junction in 1999. His eldest son Joshua will be attending Colorado Mesa University this fall and his son Matthew will be entering his senior year of high school.
When Dan isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, hiking, climbing, camping and most recently, attending Grand Junction Rockies Baseball games.
Fruita, CO – August 23, 2012 Family Health West is proud to welcome John Silva as the new hospital laboratory manager. Originally from Trinidad, CO, John attended New Mexico State University obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He went on to become a Medical Technologist and Phlebotomist. He has over ten years of experience and is excited about his new position at Family Health West, “I look forward to growing the organization and providing excellent service to the community,” said John.
“We are fortunate to have John as part of our team,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West President and CEO, “John possesses outstanding leadership skills and comes to us with extensive experience that will benefit the staff and patients.”
When John isn’t working, he enjoys photography and hiking.
October 20, 2012
Start at Fruita Community Center
324 N Coulson, Fruita
1st Annual MonumentalChallenge Ride
Soon to be the most talked about ride in the valley if not the state!
Over 65 miles of grueling, painful, steep climbing. Not one! Not two! But three climbs as riders traverse some of the most beautiful country on the Western Slope. Limited to 100 riders
Sponsor a Climb for $1,000 The Aortic Climb – Climb #1 - up the West side of the Monument The Coronary Climb – Climb #2 - up Little Park Road The Pulmonary Climb – Climb #3 - up the East side of the Monument
Your sponsorship will be mentioned in pre-ride promotional materials, post event newspaper thank you ad, FHW Web site and Facebook, AND your name will appear on signage three times along the climb.
In addition, you may include a promotional item in each rider's swag bag and you also have an opportunity of setting/manning a booth at the F-Town Gear Down event that evening.
Sponsor an Aid Station for $500
Resuscitator Station – Top of West side of the Monument Rescuer Station – Top of Little Park Road Reviver Station – Top of the East side of the Monument
Your sponsorship will be mentioned in the post event newspaper thank you ad, FHW Web site and Facebook, AND your name will appear on signage at the aid station. In addition, you may include a promotional item in each rider's swag bag and you also have an opportunity of setting/manning a booth at the F-Town Gear Down event that evening.
Sponsor a Rider for $75
Know someone who is up to the challenge? Your sponsorship will be listed on FHW's Web site and in a post event newspaper thank you ad.
Fruita, CO - February 9, 2012 – Family Health West recently awarded Phyllis K. Pool, 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. Phyllis was selected because of her years of leadership, dependability, reliability, impact of service, and her representation of Family Health West in the community.
“I’m truly honored by this award,” said Phyllis, “There are so many people who have demonstrated their dedication to the Family Health West family.” Phyllis recently retired as laboratory director after 35 years at Family Health West, an expanding nonprofit health care facility that provides a hospital with surgical services, ED, Urgent Care; and assisted living, a nursing home, Alzheimer’s care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy center, an imaging center, and outpatient procedure center. “We can’t say enough about Phyllis,” said Dennis Ficklin, Family Health West Hospital President and CEO, “She has been such a model for this organization…”
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.
“Phyllis is known for her great sense of humor, exceptional leadership skills, and being a world-class fly fisherwoman,” said Hospital Administrator Errol Snider, “We were so fortunate to have Phyllis as part of our family. She set the bar high and we are grateful for her service.”
Fruita, CO (March 21, 2012) – The Oaks, assisted living at Family Health West in Fruita, is getting a makeover. Family Health West is pleased to announce that The Oaks will be the recipient of the upcoming 23rd annual Red Baron Ball, April 21st, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Junction. The proceeds of the Red Baron Ball will help renovate The Oaks to enhance the lives of the residents, and the staff who work there.
According to Michele Snider, director, the primary needs are for safety and updating the structure. The roof is in need of repair, the parking lot needs to be restriped and the carpet needs to be replaced. But Michele has a larger vision that she’s been developing for some time now, “It is my dream to open up the north courtyard. It currently serves no purpose and could possibly be developed into a nice deck where we could have a fountain, some potted plants/gardens, and covered patio furniture for residents who want to dine outside. Picnic tables and benches around the facility would be wonderful especially since we have such beautiful grounds. Our front patio is a favorite place to sit but the furniture needs to be replaced.”
Mark Francis, Vice President of Outpatient Services looks forward to creating an updated look for The Oaks, “The care is exceptional. Everyone who has experienced The Oaks comments on how wonderful the staff is, the food, the sense of belonging, etc. It’s time to update its look.”
Lighting, paint, and a community garden are additional hopes for The Oaks. “Fruita is such a great place to live. The Oaks is close to the hospital, the recreation center, downtown shopping, and restaurants,” added Michele, “With some upgrades, we envision The Oaks to be the ideal place for those who need a little extra care and attention.”
For more information on The Oaks, the Red Baron Ball, or how you can help at The Oaks, please call 858- 2104, or visit, www.familyhealthwest.org