Health Briefs

Four Corners Health awarded for quality

Four Corners Health Care Center has been recognized as a 2012 recipient of the Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving quality care.

The award is presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which helps long-term and post-acute care providers achieve performance goals.

For more information, visit

Tai chi presentation to be held Wednesday

Dr. Pam Kircher, master trainer in Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs, will present “The Benefits of Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Among Older Adults” from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in conference room A-B on the Garden Level of Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Attendees will learn about the health benefits of Tai Chi, including strength and balance improvement.

Durango dentistry volunteers at event

Junction Creek Family Dentistry attended the Colorado Mission of Mercy’s sixth annual event Sept. 28 and 29 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.

There were 1,500 adults and children unable to afford dental services who were provided with free oral health-care services. More than 7,000 dental procedures were performed during the event, amounting to more than $1,000,000 in donated care.

John C. Hening, owner of Junction Creek Family Dentistry of Durango, and his son, Evan Hening, were among the volunteers. John Hening spent 11 hours performing root canals Sept. 28. He was the only general dentist volunteering to perform root canals. On Sept. 29, he performed oral surgery. Evan Hening, a junior at Durango High School, was able to help Sept. 28 with escorting and organizing patients.

Next year, the event will be held in Greeley.

For more information, call 247-0074 or visit

Headache solution workshop to be held

Robert Fitts, a wellness coach, will offer a “Breaking Free from Your Headaches” workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

All donations will go to the Women’s Resource Center.

To register, call 259-6854.

Herald Staff