Aspen Valley Hospital to host blood drive, heart talks |

Aspen Valley Hospital to host blood drive, heart talks

Staff report

Aspen Valley Hospital will play host to a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in a mobile blood donor van in the hospital parking lot. Giving a pint of blood takes 30 to 40 minutes, and no appointment is necessary. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health (no infections or colds).

It is recommended that donors drink plenty of fluids the day before, and eat a normal meal four to six hours prior to donating. Donors of all blood types are needed.

The blood drive is held in conjunction with St. Mary’s Regional Blood Bank. For more information, call the Donor Center at St. Mary’s Hospital at 970-244-2555.

Hospital to hold heart talks in May

Aspen Valley Hospital will offer a series of talks on heart health from noon until 1 p.m. every Thursday in May. The presentations take place in the Oden Conference Center at the hospital.

“There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the heart, and some of the most common problems can be addressed in advance and prevented,” said cardiologist Dr. Gordon Gerson. “We’ll focus on some key issues ranging from how you eat and how you exercise, to high blood pressure and sleep apnea.”

The series kicks off Thursday with “Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and will be presented by registered dietitian Paula Williams. On May 14, internist Dr. David Borcher will discuss hypertension and stress.

On May 21, Gerson will talk about exercise and the myths associated with extreme exercise and health.

Wrapping up the series on May 28 is a specialist from the National Jewish Sleep Lab in Denver. Physician assistant Ann Cartwright calls her talk “Snoring Your Way to a Broken Heart,” with a focus on sleep apnea and heart health.

All presentations are free, and it is unnecessary to register. Attendees can bring their lunch or pick something up in the cafeteria. A light snack and soft drinks will be provided.

For more information, call 970-544-1389.