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Two years ago, Caleb Ga***rd was obese. But after he participated in UCHealth’s Healthy Hearts and Minds Family Program, his life changed. In 18 months, he dropped 91 pounds and his blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels all improved.
The UCHealth’s Healthy Hearts and Minds Family Program is a 12-month program designed to help families improve cardiovascular health and wellness and sustain overall health. There is no cost to families, and family members age 9 and older, including grandparents or other relatives, can participate. Families also have access to individual or family nutrition, exercise and general wellness counseling from a health care professional throughout the 12 months.
Since its inception in 2014, the family program has served 344 families, 34% of whom are low-income and 26% are Hispanic. As a whole, Healthy Hearts and Minds significantly impact the community’s overall health. Learn more about Caleb's story and how you can sign up for the program here: https://bit.ly/3GVgjdC
Educating a family together to lower heart disease risks We know heart disease risks start in childhood. Healthy Hearts and Minds' free family program helps all members adopt healthy heart habits.
A co-responder program in El Paso County known as the Behavioral Health Connect Unit, or BHCON (pronounced beacon), pairs an El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy with a licensed professional counselor when responding to behavioral health calls. Launched in July 2018, the partnership is with the sheriff’s office, UCHealth, the state’s Behavioral Health Administration and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
The BHCON unit does not respond to calls with lights and siren blaring, rather they approach individuals with gentle kindness and understanding. Caring for people in their own comfort zone, whether that’s at home, work or elsewhere, adds a dimension of comfort and immediate care, something a local emergency room may not provide.
The unit has helped divert people from the criminal justice system and kept them out of busy hospital emergency departments. Since the program started, 90% of people in crisis have been able to receive care and resources and have avoided transport to another location. https://bit.ly/3AZpupH
Behavioral health professionals team up with law enforcement and respond to mental health calls Co-responder program in El Paso County pairs UCHealth's behavioral health clinicians with sheriff's deputies to answer mental health calls.
“30 minutes of your time could mean a lifetime to a person in need — and his or her family and friends,” said Anna Johnson, manager of the UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Centers.
The upcoming opening of a blood center in Greeley comes when blood supplies typically start to hit critical levels. Important note: all blood donated through UCHealth Garth Englund blood centers stays local.
UCHealth to open Greeley blood center to meet critical demand Greeley’s Garth Englund Blood Center — which will offer platelet donations, whole blood donations and therapeutic procedures — will open Dec. 12 at 6906 10th St., in the NorthGate Village sho…
'Tis the season for giving! We want to send you to the upcoming Denver Broncos game against Kansas City on December 11.
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Trinidad resident and artist Richard Columbo can now get his cancer treatments only a mile and a half from home. That is because last spring, UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad teamed up to provide chemotherapy treatment in Trinidad, eliminating a 129-mile, one-way drive to Colorado Springs.
UCHealth prepares the chemotherapy in Colorado Springs, couriers the medication to Trinidad, where nurses at Mt. San Rafael infuse the therapy. UCHealth oncologist, Dr. Robert Hoyer, also visits Trinidad and surrounding areas up to five times a month to see patients.
This partnership helps improve access to health care in rural areas, which is incredibly important.
“When patients can receive the majority of their care close to home it helps to improve quality of life for the patient and for their families as well. They don’t have to take more time off work, they have more time with family, and less driving," said Dr. Hoyer. https://bit.ly/3VJ5645
Rural outreach: Taking chemotherapy to Trinidad to support patients who have cancer Patients in rural Colorado, including Trinidad, no longer have to make the hours-long trip to Colorado Springs for chemotherapy.
The kids are bored and home for winter break. Now what?
How about getting crafty? We've put together some holiday crafts for kids you can try at home!
Holiday crafts for kids that you can do at home There are lots of holiday crafts for kids out there. Here are some of our favorite ideas you can try at home when boredom is on the horizon.
Last month, cancer warrior and UCHealth nurse Courtney Lupo, along with Colorado Avalanche alum John Mitchell, Bernie and the Avs Ice Patrol, helped us unveil a Hockey Fights Cancer bell in the UCHealth Memorial Hospital North healing garden.
Ringing the bell signifies the end of cancer treatment for our cancer warriors, or how Courtney likes to put it, ringing the bell means, “I’ve kicked cancer in the butt.”
After the bell dedication, the Avs crew spent time with other cancer warriors, brightening their day with Avs swag, laughs and encouraging words.
Searching for a "holiday light display near me?" Look no further. Colorado's zoos and gardens have just what you need to enjoy this holiday season in color and shine: https://bit.ly/3XpMqYv
Be dazzled by these holiday light displays near you Find a holiday light display near you at Colorado zoos and gardens. Be dazzled and enjoy Colorado's cultural facilities this holiday season.
RSV is bad this year, and sick kids are inundating children’s hospitals around the country, prompting doctors at hospitals for adults to assist.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital has opened its intensive care and medical inpatient units to teens to help ease crowding at neighboring Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Here is additional information about RSV to keep you informed: https://bit.ly/3gUHeM8
Is RSV bad this year? Yes. Adult hospitals are stepping up to help. RSV is so bad this year that children's hospitals are extremely full with sick babies and kids. Adult hospitals are helping.
a BIG card for a BIG birthday 🎉 Happy 30th to the Captain, Gabe Landeskog! When you’re family, you celebrate the small things AND the big things.
Each month we like to feature some of our charity and non-profit partners in the community to highlight the important work that they do. Here are our November Charities of the Month:
Inside Out Youth Services builds access, equity and power with LGBTQIA2+ young people, through leadership, advocacy, community-building, education and peer support in the Colorado Springs area. Inside Out offers a safe space of acceptance and love and an environment for learning, recreation and personal growth. If you or someone you know is looking for support or a welcoming community, especially after the horrific Club Q shooting, reach out to Inside Out here: https://insideoutys.org
FoCo Cafe's mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins, regardless of their ability to pay, while using mostly local, organic and sustainably grown ingredients. FoCo Cafe is the first nonprofit restaurant in Fort Collins and relies on community support to deliver their pay-what-you-can model. Stop by for lunch, consider donating or signing up to volunteer at: https://www.fococafe.org
Second Wind Fund, Inc.'s mission is to decrease the incidence of su***de in youth by removing financial and social barriers to treatment. Second Wind Fund pays for 12-20 sessions of therapy for youth at risk. Learn more about the important work that they do here: https://thesecondwindfund.org
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While bullets ripped people apart during the horrific Club Q shooting, the team at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central raced to fill them with love — and life.
These are their stories from that tragic night as they heroically saved 11 lives.
Heroes among us: How medical pros at a Colorado hospital saved lives after mass shooting at Club Q The hospital response to the Club Q mass shooting in Colorado Springs was remarkable. Emergency responders teamed up to save 11 people.
Even though December tends to be a chilly month here in Colorado, you can’t help but get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside around this time of year. Family time, traditions, good food and holiday cheer is all around us, with lots of fun activities and events happening around the state.
December is also a great time to practice gratitude and giving back to others. Participating in these acts of kindness can have mental and physical health benefits, including boosting self-esteem, enhancing empathy and helping you sleep better.
Here are some our favorite things to do in Colorado in December, including some ways to give back: https://bit.ly/3AERz5c
Holiday events to enjoy in Colorado in December plus easy ways to give December in Colorado tends to be a chilly, but traditions, good food and holiday cheer warm us up as we enjoy festive activities.
Our partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine allows us to bring the latest science, innovation and research to our patients first, giving you and your family the best possible care.
A CU Medicine research team is doing just this as their work on Alzheimer’s disease is yielding laboratory insights into the root cause of the degenerative brain disease, which will fast track human clinical trials here at UCHealth.
Their approach is to understand the biochemistry behind the development of Alzheimer’s disease and the mechanisms of the cognitive decline it causes, find already-approved drugs that target those mechanisms and demonstrate in studies with mice and then people that these therapies can be effective. https://bit.ly/3Vks6WY
CU team’s Alzheimer’s research pushes from lab to UCHealth clinic on several fronts Alzheimer's researchers aim to unlock molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s and find existing drugs that target them.
Of the roughly 106,000 patients currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the U.S., about 20% are Hispanic or Latino. Many will miss out on accessing life-saving health care due to language and cultural barriers. The UCHealth Hispanic Transplant Program has a dedicated team of bilingual health care professionals to serve a Spanish-speaking population that otherwise may have been missed.
Hilda Arrieta, a mother of three children, needed a kidney transplant and turned to the Hispanic Transplant Program for help. She received a new kidney in July 2019 and is now eager to share her story and inspire others.
“I want people to have a better quality of life after transplant and also while they are on dialysis. Part of my mission is to entice people to donate and be part of the living donor program,” Hilda said. “I want to inspire men and women alike.” https://bit.ly/3ABtT1N
Hispanic Transplant Program gives woman gift of new kidney and no more dialysis Hilda Arrieta, a mother of three children, needed a kidney transplant and turned to the Hispanic Transplant Program for help.
Showing gratitude for those who enrich our lives♥️
We are officially in respiratory virus season. Flu, RSV and COVID-19 infections all are skyrocketing just as we’re gearing up for the holidays. Here are some tips for staying healthy: https://bit.ly/3TXB5Ms
Fall viruses are hitting with a vengeance. Tips for a healthier holiday season. Flu, RSV and COVID-19 are the fall viruses going around at the moment as we approach the 2022 holidays. Here are tips to stay healthier.
Ed Sanders is one of the survivors of the tragic mass shooting at Club Q this past weekend in Colorado Springs. He was shot twice, once in the back and once in the leg, with the bullets just missing his major organs. He is now recovering at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central.
“I turned around and saw him (the gunman), and it was very fast. I fell,’’ he said. “Everybody fell, pretty much.’’
Ed is a regular at Club Q and describes the club as his family. Only two days after the shooting, it's still very much a shock.
“I’m doing ok, considering I lost friends."
The emotional is much harder than the physical for Ed. But he wants his friends, his family and the world to know that he is a survivor. https://bit.ly/3ViuygE
Patient who survives shooting at Club Q says he will be OK Ed Sanders, who was shot twice during a mass shooting at Club Q, a Colorado Springs nightclub that serves LGBTQ+, says he'll be ok.
Our thoughts and deep condolences are with the victims and families impacted by the horrific shooting in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
We firmly stand with our friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community. We know the next few hours, days and weeks will be challenging and want you to know we are with you.
As you begin to process and cope with this tragedy, here are some tips that may be helpful: https://bit.ly/3UXRDFp
For the latest updates follow our UCHealth Media Twitter page: https://bit.ly/3gsxIQ8
Following the Club Q mass shooting: Helpful tools for coping with tragedy and trauma Violence like the mass shooting at Club Q ignites trauma and anxiety for people. Here are helpful tips on how to care for yourself.
For many families, this week will include the most daunting, complex and fussed-about dinner of the year: Thanksgiving.
It doesn't need to be that way, though. Focus on keeping it simple and the taste of the food rather than the number of dishes. Consider cooking five dishes, for instance, not 14.
Need some ideas? Check out this famous Thanksgiving turkey stuffing recipe!
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Relax, plan and keep it simple. Take this advice from the French: "Mise en place." Get organized before cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Then enjoy these recipes.
Here are tips and must-knows before you head out to cut your Christmas tree in Colorado’s forests 🌲 Plus, we've included the places in Colorado to do it!
Cut your own Christmas tree in Colorado's forests Whether your first time or a family tradition, here are tips and must-knows before you head out to cut your own Christmas tree.
Bethany Liefer excelled in the outdoors. She ran and hiked around 15 miles a week, climbed 16 of Colorado's famed 14ers and reveled in the joy of reaching each summit. She was very much alive.
Without warning, on a random day in June 2021, the mother of three girls was "coding," meaning her heart had stopped and she wasn't breathing. As she lay lifeless on a gurney in the emergency room at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, a team of doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Her caregivers continued to do chest compressions and finally detected a faint pulse, and her heart started beating again.
Bethany was transported to the operating room, where a surgeon performed a six-hour open heart surgery to repair a bilateral pulmonary embolism. When she awoke nine days later from a coma, it took a few days for her to understand what had happened. She spent more than 20 days in the hospital and then enrolled in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, which lasted another eight weeks and gave her the courage to resume her life.
"I want to hug every person who did compressions. It's mostly gratitude because it took the team in the ER, it took my surgeon who worked on me for 6 hours, and it took the ICU nurses. And I think of all of the things that could have gone wrong. There are probably no fewer than 250 people that touched my trajectory."
A pulmonary embolism nearly killed this single mom of three girls At 37, she had a pulmonary embolism, a serious health issue that is responsible for 50,000 to 200,000 deaths per year in the United States.
Grab your trail mix, hiking boots and your favorite canine companion because it's National Take a Hike Day!
Colorado has thousands of trails to explore and winter hiking is a great way to reclaim the season and remain active all year long. Remember to always check weather conditions before you hike, stay hydrated and plan extra time if there is snow on the ground (and bring spikes for your shoes just in case).
Here are some great trails to check out that are also dog-friendly: https://bit.ly/3hvHLDZ
At only 49, Cory Davidson suffered an unexpected and debilitating stroke that left the entire right side of his body paralyzed and forced him to relearn how to walk, talk and use his arm, hand and fingers. After doctors removed a blood clot that had traveled to the left side of his brain and implanted a heart monitor, the self-employed architect decided to go to UCHealth Broomfield Hospital for his recovery.
During the first week of his stroke rehabilitation program, Cory found himself on a treadmill with his body suspended by a harness, looking down at his legs, trying to get his muscles to move through sheer force of will, all while not being able to speak.
"Every day I say to myself, I can do it,” said Cory.
And he's doing it, alright. Cory's determination and grit has not only impressed UCHealth staff and but has gotten him out of his wheelchair, talking and walking without a cane in just a few months. https://bit.ly/3G6rDTJ
Rehab after a stroke: Nowhere to go but up for 49-year-old Cory Davidson, 49, had a stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side. In rehab after his stroke is where his true strength shined.
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It's National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day! Today is a great day to go through your fridge, clear out the old and bring in some new, healthy ingredients. Here are some fridge (and freezer) tips from UCHealth registered dietitian, Amber Lamdin:
1. Check expiration dates. Remember “sell by” and “best if used by” labels do not indicate spoilage. These terms are related simply to quality and flavor, not the safety of the food. If the products have changed in color, consistency or smell, consider tossing them. The exception to the rule is with infant formula which requires a “use by” label and should not be consumed after this date. For more information on date labels on food, click here: https://bit.ly/3DwA1Jh
2. Refrigerate peeled/cut vegetables in an airtight container to preserve freshness and quality.
3. Freeze items to retain quality until you are ready to eat them.
4. Avoid bulk impulse purchases, especially produce and dairy products that have a limited shelf life.
5. Take home leftovers after eating out and refrigerate or freeze within 2 hours.
6. If you have a hard time using fresh produce before it goes bad, try some frozen items instead. Frozen produce are harvested at peak ripeness and immediately frozen, therefore, they are considered to have better nutritional value than the fresh fruits and veggies that sit on your counter or in your refrigerator for many days.
Photos from Colorado Rapids Soccer Club's post
Partnering to reclaim Colorado as the healthiest state in the nation!
We can’t help but LOVE the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club 2023 Primary kit 😍
To celebrate our new partnership to return Colorado to the healthiest state in the nation, we are giving away a x UCHealth Burgundy jersey plus a $100 ClassPass gift card to 3 lucky fans!
Enter to win: https://bit.ly/3ttsvKB
Our mission: CO ➡️ Healthiest state in the nation!
Building a healthier Colorado together!
Improving lives and growing the sport of soccer in Colorado🏔️⚽️
is proud to announce UCHealth as our jersey partner in a quest to return Colorado to the healthiest state in the nation!
Learn more » http://bit.ly/3USnN4T
For World Kindness Day, UCHealth therapy dog Putter made it his mission to spread some kindness at Medical Center of the Rockies this week. He greeted patients and staff with goodie bags and notes of kindness, signed by Putter himself.
Why is kindness so important to Putter? Well, being kind and receiving kindness from others doesn’t just feel good, it can also strengthen your heart, enhance healing, reduce stress and help you live longer. It also increases your connectivity with others, which is vital for our overall well-being.
We encourage you to follow in Putter’s paw prints and reap the benefits of kindness today, and every day, by being kind to others, and yourself.
♥️ Such a special night for Cancer Warriors!
Tonight we will be joined by cancer warriors in the community to present our starting lineup.
Your captain of the Colorado Avalanche Gabe Landeskog and his teammates recorded messages for those going through cancer. Whether you or a loved one is going through cancer, listen to these encouraging words on the UCHealth App or at uchealth.org.
We want to send you to the upcoming Denver Broncos home game against Las Vegas on November 20! 🏈
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Today we honor those who have served, including many of our own providers and staff. We are grateful for your sacrifice and want to say thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day.
Please share your military story and photos in the comments below.
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Jessi Witt and Sarah Karr are two of the six cancer warriors that will be honored at the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Fights Cancer game this Saturday.
Both women are incredibly strong and courageous. Sarah is currently fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and is determined beat her diagnosis, "It's not gonna get me, no way," she says. Sarah grew up playing hockey in Michigan and loves attending Avs games.
Jessi was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, she had her tumor removed and is now on the road to recovery. She is a professor of psychology at Colorado State University and is a huge Avs fan. She started playing hockey in her 40s and enjoys playing with her husband and two kids.
We can't wait to see Jessi, Sarah and our other cancer warriors Gerald, Bob, Colby and Teri celebrated and honored during this week's game!
For more information on and how to get screened for cancer, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3NObCDI
John McHale is a distinguished Vietnam War veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force for six years, nine months and 11 days. He has a tremendous track record of beating enormous odds. John has been in many harrowing situations, like when bullets hit the aircraft he was flying. Other acts of heroism led the Air Force to award the Distinguished Flying Cross to him, not once, but three times.
In October 2021, John was admitted to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center with an infected prosthetic hip joint and a slew of life-threatening complications related to the systemic illness caused by his infection. His prognosis was grim, but he is a fighter in all senses of the word. More than once, John told Dr. Mysha Mason, a UCHealth hospitalist, point-blank that he would not let this illness kill him.
Although there were times when John's outlook was bleak, he kept fighting and ultimately made a full recovery. During a follow-up visit, John came bearing gifts. He gave Dr. Mason "the most touching and humbling gift" she has ever received – a Distinguished Flying Cross that he received in 1967.
"Dr. Mason stood out to me as one of the kindest, most consistent, caring human beings I've ever met," said John. "When she speaks, it's with genuine sincerity. What she and the rest of the medical team did for me was heroic. Plus, I had two more of them at home."
Still flying: How a fighter pilot mentality led to a distinguished life A Vietnam War hero and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient shows his appreciation to his doctor by giving her one of his three medals.
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs is an award winning 413 bed hospital that has been recognized nationally for quality, research and outcomes. We provide a comprehensive list of inpatient and outpatient services at our Central and North facilities, as well as at multiple outpatient locations.
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