Medical – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:08:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 January is Cervical Health Awareness Month: San Juan Basin Public health provides free screenings http://www.pagosasun.com/january-is-cervical-health-awareness-month-san-juan-basin-public-health-provides-free-screenings/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195833 By Claire Ninde
Special to The PREVIEW

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) encourages women ages 21-74 across Colorado to start the year by talking with their health care providers about scheduling a Pap test.
A Pap test is the first line of defense against cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, more than 92 percent of women had a five-year survival rate.
Every year in the United States, approximately 13,170 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,250 women die of the disease. African American women and Latinas have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer and African American women have a higher cervical cancer death rate. SJBPH acknowledges that social, economic and environmental inequities result in adverse health outcomes and have a greater impact than individual choices. Reducing health disparities through systems change can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.
SJBPH’s Women’s Wellness Connection (program provides free screenings for cervical and breast cancer for eligible women between ages 21-64 in Colorado. Breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams are included. Referrals for free mammograms are available for women who qualify.
To schedule an appointment for a well woman exam and for more information about the HPV series, call the SJBPH Sexual Health Clinic at 335-2015. More information about the clinic is at sjbpublichealth.org/sexualhealthclinic/.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-206/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195931 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and San Juan Water Conservancy District joint work session. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Pagosa Peak Open School board recruitment luncheon. Noon, 7 Parelli Way.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 3
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Archuleta School District Board of Education high school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S. 8th St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com.
with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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Blood drives planned to help with ‘critical shortage’ http://www.pagosasun.com/blood-drives-planned-to-help-with-critical-shortage-2/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195395 Vitalant, the nonprofit that provides blood to area hospitals, has announced that there is a “critical shortage” of blood.
To help meet the need, a pair of local blood drives are planned, including one today.
“We strive to maintain a 4-day supply of blood just to provide what patients need, and currently we’re at less than half that for certain blood types,” said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, chief medical officer at Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services. “Blood on the shelf helps patients every day — for traumas, cancer treatments and critical transfusions — and enables us to be ready if disaster strikes.”
Today’s blood drive is from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship Church, and another is set to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the board room at Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC).
To make an appointment for today’s blood drive, call (877) 258-4825 or visit www.bloodhero.com.
To schedule an appointment for the drive at PSMC, email Diane Levison at diane.levison@PSMedicalCenter.com or call 507-3826.
You can also log on to www.bloodhero.com and enter sponsor code “pagosamedical.”
Walk-ins are also welcome at the PSMC blood drive.
PSMC urges those who are giving blood to eat a good meal, drink plenty of water and bring an ID.
Vitalant’s website notes that 10 percent of the eligible population donates blood, while someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
For more information, visit vitalant.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-205/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195425 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 4 p.m., Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive. Superintendent interviews with dinner to follow at Pagosa Brewing Company.
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Friday, Jan. 17
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 4 p.m., Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive. Superintendent interviews with dinner to follow at Pagosa Brewing Company.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5:30 p.m., administrative office, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and San Juan Water Conservancy District joint meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Pagosa Peak Open School board recruitment luncheon. Noon, 7 Parelli Way.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Blood drives planned to help with ‘critical shortage’ http://www.pagosasun.com/blood-drives-planned-to-help-with-critical-shortage/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:59:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195338 Vitalant, the nonprofit that provides blood to area hospitals, has announced that there is a “critical shortage” of blood.

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Take charge of your health at April 25 health fair http://www.pagosasun.com/take-charge-of-your-health-at-april-25-health-fair/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194643 By Sharee Grazda
Special to The PREVIEW
Happy New Year’s greetings, fellow Pagosans.
Now that you are starting to fill your 2020 calendar, please be sure to highlight April 25 as the day you, your family and friends take charge of your health at the 40th annual 9Health Fair in Pagosa Springs.
Our event will run from 7 to 11 a.m. at Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S. 8th St.
There will be low-cost blood screenings, as well as free screenings for hearing, vision and spine, and the opportunity to speak one-on-one with several local physicians, nurse practitioners and other health and wellness providers.
Look forward to more articles in The Pagosa Springs SUN about how you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As always, this event is planned, coordinated and presented to our community by a dedicated group of over 150 medical and nonmedical volunteers, and supported by local businesses and statewide donors.
Would you consider taking a role in presenting this event to our community? We always welcome new volunteers and you can “walk alongside” experienced leaders who will share their particular job knowledge in our effort to continue to provide this valuable service.
For more information, please contact our local fair coordinator, Lorena Medina, by text or phone at (720) 372-0410, or by email at loremedina0817@gmail.com.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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County, medical center decline to pursue joining health insurance co-op http://www.pagosasun.com/county-medical-center-decline-to-pursue-joining-health-insurance-co-op/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194594 Archuleta County will not move forward in joining the Southwest Health Insurance Cooperative, according to County Administrator Scott Wall.

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