Life-Long Wellness and Healthy Families Are Our Passion

Pioneers Medical Center offers community education, events and medical screenings as part of its dedication to helping people live longer, healthier lives.

The Meeker Family Health Center is a vital part of Pioneers Medical Center, providing care for wellness and preventative services, women’s wellness, pediatric care and senior care. The convenient location and skilled medical team allow area residents, workers and visitors access to primary care, minor office procedures and appropriate testing close to home, work and play.

Our philosophy is centered on building partnerships within our community, so preventative healthcare and life-long health becomes a common goal.

Administered by the hospital and Meeker Family Health Center, the Trails to Health program specifically focuses on preventative care to provide early detection and treatment of disease and to share resources for maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. In one comprehensive program, Trails to Health provides an annual physical, blood tests, recommended health screenings and a supportive “medical home” to guide patients through establishing and maintaining personal health goals. The Trails to Health is generally covered by wellness benefits offered through most insurance plans.

Once enrolled in Trails to Health, you will complete blood work and any appropriate screening tests before confirming your appointment with your healthcare provider. Your appointment will include a physical exam, discussion about your current health and a review of your blood work and test results. With all the necessary information available during your appointment, you and your healthcare provider can begin your partnership by setting customized goals and identifying the steps necessary to improve your health.

As a participant in Trails to Health, your progress toward your health goals is tracked and supported by feedback throughout the year.

Included tests:
  • Comprehensive Blood Panels
  • Lipid Panel (Cholesterol Count)
  • Metabolic Panel (Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes)
  • CBC (Blood Count)
  • TSH (Thyroid)
  • Hemoglobin A1C (Diabetes)

Screenings

  • Vision
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition (Height, Weight, BMI)
  • Fitness Level
  • PSA (Men over 50 years)
  • Pap for Women (Note: You will receive a separate bill from pathology for the reading.)
  • Test and screenings follow standard nationally recognized medical guidelines.
Cost

While the Trails to Health services are valued at $1,200, the cost is only $300 annually through Pioneers Medical Center. The fee for this program is covered through the routine wellness benefit of many insurance programs.

Does my insurance deductible apply?

No. The program is designed to be covered through your insurance wellness benefit. However, you may be required to pay your co-pay. (We recommend you check with your insurance company to fully understand this benefit.)

What if I don’t have insurance?
If you do not have insurance, the Trails to Health program will cost you $300 and any additional costs associated with the pathology readings.

How do I sign up?

Simply call Meeker Family Health Center at (970) 878-4014 to participate.

Call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit their website for free support from a Quit Coach and free nicotine patches.
A personal quit plan from an experienced Quit Coach, plus tips and support that increases your chances of quitting for good.

Free nicotine patches

A free supply of nicotine patches that control your cravings for tobacco will be mailed directly to you. In order to receive free nicotine patches, you must participate in the Colorado QuitLine program and be at least 18 years old.

Free self-help guide with quit tools to help you be tobacco free

Lots of information, techniques and tools used by many tobacco users who have successfully quit. Includes great ways to cope with stress and create a happier, healthier lifestyle while you are quitting and after your quit date.

The QuitLine works!

You are seven times more likely to quit tobacco with the QuitLine than if you try to quit on your own. So call us for a great start to your new life without tobacco.

Three good reasons to call it quits:

  1. Your family. Live a healthier, longer life so you can be there for the people who love you and need you.
  2. Your health. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Chewing tobacco causes sores, gum recession and oral cancer.
  3. Your money. The average tobacco user spends $2,000-$3,000 a year on tobacco. Think what else you could buy with that much money.

Quitline coaches are available Mountain time Mon – Sun: 5am -11pm

What happens when you call the Colorado QuitLine?

  1. They’re glad you called – Your call will be answered by a QuitLine Customer Service Representative, in English or Spanish, who will ask for basic information such as your name, address, telephone number, etc. All information is kept strictly confidential. Then you will be connected to a QuitCoach.
  2. Getting to know your tobacco history – First your Quit Coach will explain how the QuitLine program works. Then you will be asked some general questions about your tobacco use, reasons for quitting, and any previous attempts to quit. You will also be asked about any tobacco-related health issues you may have. All information is kept strictly confidential. You don’t have to answer any questions that you don’t want to.
  3. Your personalized quit plan – Your Quit Coach will ask you to pick a quit date and then work with you to develop a personalized quit plan. Your quit plan includes tips to help you prepare for your quit date, and lots of ways to help make quitting easier once you begin.
  4. Understanding nicotine patches – Your Quit Coach will also explain the different kinds of products available to help you quit and ask which ones, if any, you will be using. If you want to use the QuitLine’s free nicotine patches, your coach will ask you a few health questions. Depending on your answers, written medical consent from a doctor may be required. Your coach will explain how to correctly use the patches and order your first free supply, which will be mailed directly to you.
  5. We’ll talk to you soon – That’s it, until your next scheduled telephone call with a Quit Coach. You can also call the QuitLine to ask questions, seek advice, or just get some moral support. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

 

If you’re ready to quit, call 1.800.QUIT.NOW
(1-800-784-8669)
/ coquitline.org

Blazin’ Trails is a free wellness program designed to inspire the Meeker community to start—and continue—on a journey to a healthier lifestyle!

Use Blazin’ Trails to design your own itinerary using local resources, tools and support provided through this health initiative. Meanwhile, we will all explore a “world of wellness” and track community-wide progress with milestone celebrations and prizes.

The goals of the Blazin’ Trails Program include:
  • Promote Preventative Care by encouraging annual check-ups and appropriate medical screenings that will be the compass for each individual’s path to better health. Pioneer Medical Center’s Trails to Health program offers health screenings, checkups and medical care in support of Blazin’ Trails.
  • Incorporate Fitness Opportunities to encourage people to add more physical activity to their days and adopt healthier habits.
  • Foster improved Nutrition and Lifestyles by providing educational classes and real-world tools that empower people to make healthier choices.

There is no charge to participate in Blazin’ Trails, and it is open to anyone living or working in Meeker. But, please note that you will be responsible to cover expenses associated with medical care or fitness classes you choose to participate in.

Here’s How to Start YOUR Journey

  1. Decide that you will choose to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
  2. Sign up online or in person at Pioneers Medical Center.
  3. Schedule your annual check-up via Pioneers’ Trails to Health preventative care program and receive your annual physical and evaluation from your doctor.
  4. Start tracking your progress using your Blazin’ Trails health passport booklet! You can pick up one at the hospital or recreation center or print out pages of the Blazin’ Trails health passport booklet online

With your Blazin’ Trails health passport booklet, you’ll be able to collect stamps for each activity you complete to earn miles on your health journey. Receive or redeem your stamps by taking your Blazin’ Trails health passport to Pioneers Medical Center.

Activity Value Collection
Fitness Class 2 Fitness Instructor
Individual Workout 1 Rec center Guest Services
Blood Pressure Check 1 Meeker Drugs Pharmacy
Annual Physical (Trails to Health) 5 Your Doctor
Trails to Health Follow-up 1 PMC Health Coach

Blazin’ Trails is a community-wide program, open to everyone. The program is funded through a generous grant from our local United Way – Meeker Human Resource Council and is financially supported by XTO Energy. Blazin’ Trails is managed as a partnership between Pioneers Medical Center, Meeker Recreation Center and Pioneers Healthcare Foundation, with special thanks to Meeker Drugs.

The Free Monthly Blood Pressure Clinics are provided by Pioneers Home Health.  They are offered in conjunction with the Chuckwagon lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. A nurse will take blood pressures starting at 11:30am at the Fairfield Center (200 Main Street, Meeker).  For more information call Pioneers Home Health 970-878-9265

2018 Blood Pressure Dates

January 17, 2018

February 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

April 17, 2018

May 15, 2018

June 20, 2018

Pioneers Home Health Services offers monthly foot clinics for the elderly, blind, disabled or 75 years of age or older, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Foot clinic is given by a Certified Nurse Aide, and includes cleaning feet, trimming toenails and providing skin care. Cost is $20, (financing assistance available call for details). Please call for an appointment or more information 970-878-9265.

Monthly Foot Clinics available at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds, the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

2018 Dates

January 9, 2018

February 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

April 10, 2018

May 8, 2018

June 13, 2018

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Now Available

Have you, or someone you care about been diagnosed with Diabetes? Are you curious about the best way to manage the disease? What is a Hemoglobin A1C? What should your blood sugars be? How do you know what to eat and what not to eat?

Pioneers Medical Center is now offering group education and support, along with individual education/ coaching in the areas of pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management. Betty Lou Moyer, RN, BSN has completed specialized training in Diabetes Self-Management Education and is available to coach and support self-care and the day-to-day management.

  • Group and personalized sessions will cover the following topics:
  • Basics of disease process – what and why is my body not working to keep my blood sugar down?
  • Preventing complications – what are the long term benefits to keeping blood sugars in or near the normal range?
  • Daily management – why do I have to do so many of the finger-stick testing?
  • Medical follow up – why must I have blood tests 2-4 times a year?
  • Medication usage – how does that pill or shot work to keep my blood sugar down?
  • Healthy activity – every little bit counts (you don’t need to climb a mountain or run 5 miles)
  • Technological tools (phone apps, websites, etc.) – how to use all those electronic tools to achieve optimal weight and blood sugar control.

“I have had diabetes for 35 years, and am so excited to see all the positive changes that have and are occurring to help people with diabetes live better, longer, and complication free,” says Betty Lou Moyer, Pioneers Diabetes Educator and Director of Home Health Services. “One of these positive changes is the education and support offered to people with diabetes, and the focus on self-management. I am very excited to offer education and support to people with diabetes, in my role as a diabetic educator.”

Diabetes Support Appointments are available Monday through Thursday at the Home Health Offices at 575 3rd street (3rd & Cleveland). Call Betty Lou Moyer at 970-878-9265 to arrange your appointment.

Suggested resources: American Diabetes Association, cornerstones4care.com

Pioneers Medical Center often hosts disease prevention and educational seminars, charity fun runs/walks, medical screening opportunities and school presentations and is an active participant in the annual 9News Health Fair.

Pioneers Medical Center is proud to offer Meals on Wheels to area residents that are unable to obtain or prepare nutritious, healthy meals. PMC is a member of Meals on Wheels America, a national organization that provides support to ensure that no one goes hungry. In Colorado alone, over 230,000 seniors are isolated and living alone. Disease-associated malnutrition is estimated to be $51.3 billion, per year. A staggering number of 1 in 2 older adults is either malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished. The nutritional services provided by the Meals on Wheels service allows 92% of those seniors to remain living at home, avoiding costly nursing home bills and saving billions in Medicare and Medicaid costs.

Meals on Wheels is a program to help many of our “shut-in,” elderly and low-income residents to have a nutritious daily meal. The program is 100% funded through grants and donations. PMC’s Nutritional Services staff prepares nutritious meals and volunteer drivers deliver those meals Monday through Friday to those who are in need.

For more information about the program, to learn more about receiving meals, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the PMC Dietary Department at (970) 878-9314 or Jamie Turner at  (970) 878-9770 or email jturner@pioneershospital.org.

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