Zero suicide committee meets

The San Juan Zero Suicide Committee met last week to discuss a number of issues related to implementing programs for communities, schools and countywide use that are locally driven and provide youth training and leadership. The committee was established over a year ago to improve the care provided to community members struggling with suicide, and create leadership to reduce suicide […]

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Mobile Vet Center visits UNHS clinics

The Grand Junction Vet Center, in conjunction with the Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars, recently brought a special Mobile Vet Center (MVC) to San Juan County to visit the four UNHS Community Health Centers. According to Melissa Cleveland, Veterans Coordinator at Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., two representatives from the Vet Center and one from the VFW brought the mobile […]

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Dr. Ron Kirk to join UNHS Family

The growth and expansion of Utah Navajo Health System has included the acquisition of several private medical and dental practices, but now UNHS is about to acquire the eye care practice of Dr. Ronald D. Kirk O. D. Dr. Kirk has been Blanding’s only Optometrist for thirty years, as owner of the San Juan Vision Clinic at 46 North Main […]

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First full knee replacement surgery at BMH

The first total knee replacement, performed at Blue Mountain Hospital by Dr. John LeBlanc, D.O, in March, is being called a complete success by hospital officials and the patient. “I was nervous coming into it,” said Blanding resident Tim Riffey, who had the first knee replacement at BMH. “Most people say knee replacement isn’t bad, but I had a prosthetic […]

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Monument Valley staff helps bring 31-week-old baby into the world

March 29, 2017 was a normal day at the UNHS Monument Valley Community Health Center, until just after 1:30 p.m. when Dr. Patricia Spencer’s second patient of the afternoon arrived. By 2:00 p.m. Dr. Spencer was closing the clinic and marshaling all the providers, nurses and anyone else who could help that second patient, as she struggled not to deliver […]

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New Employee At Utah Navajo Health System Inc.

Shane Atene is the new part-time Transport Driver for the UNHS Monument Valley Community Health Center. Shane was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but attended Utah’s Monument Valley High School, where he graduated in 2010. After high school he worked at the Gouldings grocery store for four years, before moving to Phoenix for two years. While in Phoenix, he worked at […]

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UNHS Victims Advocate another success story

In early 2012, Lynn Bia was working at the Wal-Mart store in Farmington, New Mexico, hoping to find a better job somewhere; then she found Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. Four-and-a-half years ago, Lynn began working part-time in patient registration at the Montezuma Creek Community Health Center. Within two months she was working full-time, and within five months she was […]

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New UNHS program ready to begin

Utah Navajo Health System’s new Family Spirit Program is now fully staffed, with the addition of a third Public Health Nurse, and the staff began seeing patients in early April. Don Benally, RN, has accepted the final Public Health Nurse position and joins Darcy Chamberlain and Talisha Biakeddy on the staff of the Family Spirit Program, under the direction of […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian I am sure that you have heard about the magic of apple cider vinegar and its power to help people lose weight. But have you wondered if there is any truth to those stories about drinking apple cider vinegar? Researchers have been studying the effects of apple cider and its possible benefits in helping […]

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