Health Briefs

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 1:15 AM

Acupuncture clinic available to veterans

A Durango Veterans Acupuncture Clinic will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 635 East Fifth Ave.

This is a free, community-style acupuncture clinic for veterans and their families. The clinic is sponsored by The Durango Acupuncture Alliance.

For more information, call Vanessa Morgan at 403-4150.

San Juan medical receives accreditation

San Juan Regional Medical Center has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare Inc.

This hospital accreditation program is the only one approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that integrates the International Organization for Standardization 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

The accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it’s warranted. Being accredited by DNV allows the medical center to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

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Asthma toolkit program available locally

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has partnered with National Jewish Health to implement the Asthma Toolkit Program locally.

The program will offer up-to-date training and equipment to primary care providers in Southwest Colorado for diagnosing, treating and managing asthma in the most effective way possible.

Jamie Robb, program manager, and Kathleen McInnis, executive director at the center, recently returned from National Jewish Health in Denver where they received training to become asthma coaches for the area and work with local practices beginning in 2014.

Local providers will receive asthma toolkits with helpful information and will learn spirometry techniques to assess lung conditions and meet the needs of patients.

Additionally, medical offices will receive coaching and support services through the center.

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Mercy Home Health receives recognition

Mercy Home Health in Durango and Pagosa Springs were named to the top 100 agencies nationwide in HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home-health agencies in the United States.

Mercy Home Health is part of the Centura Health at Home. The HomeCare Elite highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall and identifies the top 25 percent of agencies in the nation.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home-health profession.

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