Health Care

HEALTH
6:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Urgent Care Center Opens In Delta

Delta County Memorial Hospital recently opened an Urgent Care center in Delta.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

Delta County Memorial Hospital is once again expanding its health care options for patients. Earlier this month the hospital opened an Urgent Care center in Delta. 

"We have a lot of the same things that an emergency room would have to care for people," Jane Rosen, a nurse practitioner with DCMH's new Urgent Care, says. 

Rosen explains how it differs from the emergency room.

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HEALTH
10:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Colorado Groups Awarded Grants To Advance Health Equity

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received a $200,000 grant from Colorado Trust, a health foundation.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

Two Western Slope organizations have been awarded grants to promote fair access to health care. 

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received $200,000 from Colorado Trust, a health foundation, and Tri-County Health Network got $180,000. 

Tera Wick with LiveWell Montrose Olathe explains how her organization will use the funds. 

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NEWS
8:11 am
Tue December 2, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

  Newscast

  • Telluride voices concern to EPA over climate change
  • Grants awarded to help access to health care
  • A look forward to next legislative session
  • A new sculpture installed in Carbondale
  • Police look to stop thefts of cars left running
Shots - Health News
1:21 am
Mon October 13, 2014

A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

For some rural vets who live far from a VA hospital, getting medical care has meant driving a day or two from home, and missing work.
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Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:12 pm

Army veteran Randy Michaud had to make a 200-mile trip to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Aroostook County, Maine, near the Canadian border, every time he had a medical appointment.

Michaud, who was medically retired after a jeep accident in Germany 25 years ago, moved home to Maine in 1991. He was eligible for VA medical care, but the long drive was a problem.

He's one of millions of veterans living in rural America who must travel hundreds of miles round-trip for care.

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HEALTH
10:47 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Tri-County Health Conducts Survey To Understand Community Health Needs

Tri-County Health Network is conducting a survey to try and get a better understanding of community health needs in San Miguel County, Ouray County and the West End.

Lynn Borup is the executive director of Tri-County Health Network, a nonprofit network of medical providers on the Western Slope.

She says the purpose of the survey is to find out what people want out of their health care. Borup says the organization has several methods of getting the survey out to the community.

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NEWS
11:46 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Delta Hospital To Take Over North Fork Clinics

North Fork Valley residents know how hard it can be to get an appointment to see a local doctor. Many medical practitioners have left the Valley in recent years, leaving the The North Fork Medical Clinics understaffed. Three week waits are not uncommon. But there's hope that things could get better.

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NEWS
9:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines. which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NEWS
8:59 am
Tue November 19, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • Investigation Begins into Deaths of 2 Miners at Revenue-Virginus Mine
  • Enviromental Critics Say New Air Quality Moves are Purely Political
  • Industry Proponents Reserving Judgement on Air Quality Rules, For Now
  • Median Income in Delta County Ranks in Bottom Third of the State
  • Over 53,000 Coloradans Now Enrolled in New Health Exchange
NEWS
12:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Montrose, Hotchkiss Connect for Health Offices See Busy First Days

The Connect for Health Office in Montrose
Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday.

Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says she’s received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people she’s talked to so far want to know whether they’re eligible for financial assistance.

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Ambulance

Credit North Fork Ambulance

Today we speak with three members of the only ambulance and EMT service available to residents of the North Fork Valley and some surrounding areas. North Fork Ambulance is a non-profit, volunteer run group that's been serving the valley since 1969. 

Joining us in the studio for a conversation about the group's history, its mission and its methods are Richard Kinser - Operations Cheif and Board President, Dr. Dory Funk - board member and physician, and Kathy Steckel - Director of North Fork Ambulance.

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Local Newscast
9:50 am
Mon November 12, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, November 12, 2012

Headlines:

  • Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill Hearings Continue Through Tuesday
  • BLM Reduces State Acreage Available For Oil/Shale Development
  • Montrose Likely To Prohibit Sale Of Marijuana
  • Amendment 64 Votes Closely Followed Presidential Votes
  • Colorado Voter Turnout Likely To Surpass Historic 2008 Turnout
  • What To Expect From New Healthcare Law Now
  • Western Senators Support Pro-Timber Industry Policies

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Local Newscast
8:41 am
Tue October 23, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Headlines:

  • Delta County Commissioners Uphold Approval Of Chicken Operations
  • Colorado Secretary of State Facing Two Ethics Investigations
  • Republican VP Candidate Paul Ryan Visits Western Slope
  • Parks and Wildlife To Kill Fish, Restock Paonia Reservoir
  • State Recommends Whooping Cough Vaccinations
Local Newscast
9:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 22, 2012

Headlines:

  • Delta Commissioners To Decide Chicken Dilemma Today
  • Presidential Candidates In Colorado This Week
  • Early Voting Underway, 70% Mail-in
  • Curry Accuses Opponents of Violating Election Law
  • State Unemployment Records Small Drop
  • Wildfire Updates: Southwest Colorado
  • Colorado Public News: Salt, the Hidden Killer
  • Fly Flags At Half-mast For Aurora Victim
ELECTION 2012
2:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Interview with Congressional Candidate Sal Pace

Sal Pace is running for a seat in Congress in Colorado's Third Congressional District. He's currently a Democratic representative in the Colorado State House, based in Pueblo. KVNF's Ariana Brocious sat down with Pace on a recent tour through the district, to talk about his campaign platform and key issues.

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Local Newscast
9:02 am
Fri October 12, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, October 12, 2012

Headlines:

  • Gessler Continues To Generate Controversy
  • Goblin Fire Continues To Grow
  • DMEA and SMPA Facing Wholesale Power Increase
  • Rifle Hunt Preview With Wildlife Manager Kirk Madriaga
  • Walk/Run/Bike To Support Breast Cancer Program
  • Western Slope Skies
Local Newscast
9:12 am
Mon October 8, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 8th, 2012

Headlines:

  • Two wildfires burned Friday near Hotchkiss
  • Highway 13 fire nearly contained
  • Railroad starts Goblin Fire near Durango
  • Flags lowered in honor of Fire Prevention Week
  • Voter registration deadline approaches
  • Health Care law makes insurance more affordable for businesses
  • GMUG Open House for new Forest Supervisor
  • Columbus Day Closures
Local Motion
2:34 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Local Motion: Delta County Memorial Hospital's John Mitchell

Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator, John Mitchell, speaks with Ali Lightfoot about new developments at the hospital and in the county, and shares his opinions about healthcare reform.

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