Friday, April 20, 2018

This Week in Pics

MCPH Child Care Nurse Consultant put together visibility kits for Mesa County child care facilities, this week. The kids include supplies to keep kiddos safe and visible in the event of an evacuation. 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Monday, April 16, 2018, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in Mesa County. National Health Care Decisions Day aims to create public awareness and encourages citizens to create medical advance care directives that align with each individual's personal beliefs and preferences, which will guide the individual's medical professionals during a time of medical need. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at HopeWest, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Brian Whitmore, Community Relations Director at Hopewest, Dyann Walt, Supervisor at DHS, and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

Mesa County Clerk to the Board Janika Harris briefs the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on a new special events application needing their consideration for an event sponsored by the Redlands Community Center Foundation.  

Jim Hamlin with Grand Junction St. Baldrick's Foundation shares with the Mesa County Employee Associaton why he got involved in fundraising and sharing childhood cancer awareness. Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children in the United States. Worldwide, over 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. 

Jim Hamlin with Grand Junction St. Baldrick's Foundation speaks at an MCEA meeting about their upcoming 7th Annual Head Shaving event for childhood cancer research. For more information, visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/7594/2018.
Mesa County resident Eric N. stopped by yesterday to get a couple of travel vaccinations for an upcoming trip. Public Health Nurse Ashley Adams helped Eric research which vaccinations he needed, and he was able to get his vaccine schedule started the same day. If you need travel vaccinations or have a vacation planned, call our clinic at 970-248-6900.

Mesa County Facilities Senior Tech Steve Medina gets ready to replace light bulbs at the old Mesa County Courthouse. 

The fluorescent light bulbs flicker right before Facilities Senior Tech Steve Medina changes replaces them with new bulbs.
Mesa County Information Technology Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell receives a farewell cake from her fellow co-workers who will miss her. Good luck in all your future endeavors, Elizabeth!

Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell trains IT staff members on her job duties and responsibilities for a seamless transition. 

Mesa County IT hosted a farewell luncheon for Elizabeth McDowell.

Mesa County GIS Senior Administrator Chris Kadel, left, and Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts at the farewell event.

IT Network Specialist Josh Dallman and IT Manager Troy Flick enjoying lunch.

IT Web Administrator Joe Keene.

IT Senior Business Systems Analyst Lori Marak, left, and Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell.

IT Customer Interaction Manager Lhana Jordan plates her lunch at the farewell event.

Information Technology Senior Support Specialist Eric Farslow, left, and Senior Support Coordinator David Underwood.

Mesa County IT staff break for lunch together.

Elizabeth McDowell cuts her farewell cake.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis helps speed up the lunch line at an event.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese listens to a presentation by Minds Springs Hospital Director Frank Lotrich, MD, right, and Executive Vice President Kim Boe, center, regarding the expansion of the hospital in Grand Junction.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden talks to local and state leaders about his experience in volunteering at Mind Springs hospital.

Western Slope leaders pause for a picture before they commence a tour of the Mind Springs hospital, 515 28 ¾ Road in Grand Junction.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese listens as Mind Springs Executive Vice President Kim Boe talks about overcrowding issues they are experiencing at the hospital. 

Mind Springs Executive Vice President Kim Boe tells leaders that the new hospital was designed carefully with incorporated feedback from former patients and their families, law enforcement, staff and national design experts in psychiatric hospitals.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese takes a look inside what will be the new West Springs Hospital.

Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital Board Chairwoman Carol Skubic and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talk about the mental health needs on the Western Slope.

Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital Board Chairwoman Carol Skubic shows the tour participants sketches of what the new facility will look like upon completion.
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis gives an update on the Skipper Island Fire. The fire has burned 220 acres since it started on Wednesday. For more information, visit https://www.mcsonews.com/2018/04/update-skipper-island-fire-day-3.html.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 16, 2018, is National Healthcare Decisions Day

In public hearing, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Monday, April 16, 2018, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in Mesa County.

Advance Care Planning is the act of making decisions about the medical care you would like to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself.

From left, Commissioner John Justman, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at Hopewest, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Brian Whitmore, Community Relations Director at Hopewest, Dyann Walt, Supervisor at DHS, and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

National Health Care Decisions Day aims to create public awareness and encourages citizens to create medical advance care directives that align with each individual's personal beliefs and preferences, which will guide the individual's medical professionals during a time of medical need.

To learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day, click here.

View the proclamation below:




Mesa County Elections Director is Moving to a New Position in the Sheriff’s Office

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson

Mesa County Elections Director, Amanda Polson, accepted a position with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office yesterday.  Her last day with the Clerk & Recorder will be Thursday, May 3, 2018.

“Amanda has served the Clerk & Recorder’s office well, and we will miss her,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder.  “When you are the Elections Director you won’t win any mother of the year awards; I know this first hand, so I understand and support Amanda’s choice to find a work-life balance and yet remain in public service for the citizens of Mesa County.”

“It has truly been a privilege to work with the Election's Division serving Mesa County.  I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished in my years with the office. Sheila's knowledge and know-how have created an environment where we were able to innovate and be successful when trust in 'the system' may be shrinking.  I have complete faith in her and the amazing staff I leave behind to continue the tradition of excellence in serving the citizens of Mesa County,” said Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson.

“I could not be more excited For Amanda to continue her service to the residents of Mesa County with the Sheriff’s Office.  Her dedication, integrity, and attention to detail will be an amazing fit in her new position of Evidence Technician at the Sheriff’s Office.  We are very lucky to have so many immensely talented people working within Mesa County, and I am grateful to be able to draw from Amanda’s talents in this new chapter in her career,”  said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis.

“The open position will post soon, and we will recruit a new leader in Elections.  Mesa County is fortunate to have a savvy staff who will adjust and overcome the challenges of this busy election year,” said Divisions Director Jackie Campbell.