Health briefs: YVMC picks contractor for outpatient pavillion |

Health briefs: YVMC picks contractor for outpatient pavillion

General contractor selected by Yampa Valley Medical Center

Following a rigorous submission process, a selection has been made among three finalists to serve as the general contractor for the new Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center on the Yampa Valley Medical Center campus.

Haselden Construction, Engineering News Record’s 2014 Top Contractor of the Year for Colorado and Wyoming, has been selected general contractor for this project.

“We were looking for a partner that demonstrated a successful history in these types of projects while completing them on time and budget,” Frank May, Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO, said.

Recent projects completed by Haselden Construction include 20 different University of Colorado Hospital buildings, Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek, One Steamboat Place and, most recently, Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker.

The selection process took into account a number of factors that were objectively considered by a panel. Among these were experience in similar projects, a knowledgeable management team and pre-construction capabilities and services. Other important factors included a willingness by the contractor to commit to the primary consideration of hiring local sub-contractors and labor and the ability to acquire a construction surety bond for the entire project.

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center will be the latest additions to the YVMC campus.

This $14.3-million, multi-phase plan for the renovation of the space that formerly housed the Doak Walker Care Center and new construction for the cancer center begins this summer.

Phase I includes a new office suite for YampaCare For Women, with anticipated completion in fall 2015. Phase II, which is planned to commence in early fall 2015 and conclude in late 2016, includes new locations for YampaCare Cardiology, the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center, the outreach clinic and the cancer center.

Counselor holds mindfulness retreat

Marchele McCarthy, licensed professional counselor, will hold a one-day mindfulness retreat to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. The retreat will be held in a beautiful setting in Columbine (about 30 miles north of Steamboat) from 9 a.m to 5 p.m, Aug. 3.

The retreat will include meditation, a mindful hike, personal reflection exercises and creative arts. This retreat offers the opportunity to pause, find compassion for oneself and uncover one’s authentic self. The cost for the day is $150 and includes all materials, lunch and snacks.Interested persons are asked to call Marchele at 970-846-8504 or email Registration is required, and space is limited.

Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Americans become ill from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

• Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.

• Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.

• Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

• Refrigerate leftovers that won’t be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

• Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don’t leave cut produce out for many hours.

• Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you are experiencing these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, visit

Baby and Me program helps pregnant women be smoke-free

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with four prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Program participants who quit smoking and remain smoke free throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born receive monthly vouchers for free diapers for up to a year. For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center offers low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), Pap tests, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. Women age 40 to 64 may qualify for free Pap tests and breast exams. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

Weight-loss kiosk at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby.The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk. Between weigh-ins, they receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss barriers.

Support groups meeting this week:

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. For more information, call 970-875-1088.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. For more information, call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373.. Meetings will focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

• A cancer support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for those with cancer to learn techniques to manage stress and create a holiday plan. For more information, call Sara Ross at 970-875-2731.

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