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The Telluride Medical Center
For 34 years, the Telluride Medical Center has provided health care services to Telluride and the 7,500 residents scattered throughout the R 1 School District. The Med Center is also the only 24-hour emergency facility within 65 miles. As a mountain town in a challenging, remote environment, a thriving medical center is vital to our community’s health. A new series on Telluride Inside… and Out features news you can use from the doctors at the Telluride Medical Center. Every weekend, “Medical Moments” will focus on news you can use to live a healthier life.
Remember the apple? No, not the one from the Garden that got us all in trouble. The one you take daily to keep the doctor away? Preventative medicine has come a long way since the original prototype. Now the challenge is making sense of the proliferation of received wisdom to make the right choices even about something as basic as which tests are essential. What should be routine in a “routine” check-up?
The modern medico-industrial complex hums along driven by headlines such as “Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?” Is sugar really poison is all forms? (see The New York Times, April 2011). And the line between normal and not normal, nice to know and need to know, is really a vast a no man’s land. We need men and women all dressed up in white to help us navigate the mine fields.
Vitamin D is the new black dress. What does it do and how best to ingest? Do I need to be out in the sun with no sunblock for 20 minutes a day or 20 minutes a week? Are sunglasses essential for children? What are the pros and cons of living at high altitude? Does one drink do the work of two at altitude? Should I take aspirin daily? What do I do if I am bitten by a tick? How do I know if my child has a concussion? What’s the best way to treat a bee sting?
Gordon Reichard is Chief Administrator at the Telluride Medical Center. Dr. Sharon Grundy is Medical Director of Primary Care. Dr. Grundy is both an allopathic physician (conventional Western medicine) with a degree from University of Miami and a recent graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she earned a fellowship in alternative healing practices.
Click the “play” button to hear Reichard talk about services provides by the Telluride Medical Center and its vision for the future. Listen to Dr. Grundy talk about her approach to medicine and her team of doctors.
(Note: This interview was originally recorded in June 2011. The column that is now Medical Minutes was originally called “To Your Health.”)