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Dr. Troy Griffiths is Western Colorado’s First and Only American Board of Wound Healing Certified Physician

Dr. Troy Griffiths, DPM, has recently been certified by the American Board of Wound Healing. This certification demonstrates a physician’s professionalism and excellent clinical skills in providing quality patient care in the field of wound management and wound healing. Physicians who hold this certification have demonstrated high levels of clinical competence in this discipline. Dr. Griffiths is the only physician in the state of Colorado who is board certified with both the American Board of Wound Healing and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. With these two distinguished certifications, Dr. Griffiths adds over twenty years of clinical experience in dealing with complex lower extremity wounds and limb salvage.

“Chronic wounds that have not responded to conventional therapies are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, Diabetes and other systemic medical conditions. Non-healing wounds often lead to a lower quality of life and ultimately can lead to lower extremity amputations. When chronic wounds are present, a specialized approach is mandatory to optimize a fighting chance for effective healing. At Colorado Canyons Hospital Wound Healing Center I am able to offer advanced industry leading treatment options including stem cell therapies, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and bio-synthetics. Each patient is thoroughly evaluated and a customized wound treatment plan is developed to maximize wound healing potential”, says Dr. Griffiths.

After graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1993, Dr. Griffiths trained at Stanford University Medical Center completing a Podiatric Surgical Residency. He has been practicing in Western Colorado for the past twenty-two years, and is currently the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center and practices at Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle.

Donna Neste, Administrator of Physician and Outpatient Services

Family Health West is delighted to welcome Donna Neste as our new Administrator of Physician and Outpatient Services. Donna has been actively involved in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She began her career as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, CNMT, RTR(N), with a focus on Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Cardiology at Mayo Health Systems in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In the late 1990’s, Donna transitioned from clinical care to project management and administration when she took on the role of Project Manager/Application Manager to lead the transition from an analog imaging department to a fully digital department at Mayo Health Systems. After a hiatus to raise (and chauffeur) her three children, Donna was fortunate enough to work as the Practice Administrator at Juniper Family Medicine in Grand Junction from 2011-2015. In addition to managing a busy primary care practice, the time at Juniper Family Medicine allowed her to work collaboratively with other organizations in the healthcare community on a variety of projects to improve communication and coordination of health care delivery in the Grand Valley. In November 2015, Donna joined the Mesa County Physicians IPA in the role of Clinical Program Coordinator where she worked collaboratively with physicians and practices to design, implement and evaluate quality improvement opportunities within the MCPIPA Clinically Integrated Network.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at University of Denver in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership. Donna is very excited to join Family Health West and looks forward to being part of the organization’s growth and commitment to the community.




Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center is Expanding it’s Walls to Meet the Growing Needs of Our Community

On August 3, 2017 Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center along with St. Mary’s Medical Center celebrated the launch of a new collaborative Transitional Care Program that will provide a better solution to the problem of long term, complex medical care in Western Colorado.

The care model, developed in 2013 by Mayo Clinic, works to streamline the transfer of St. Mary’s patients whose serious medical conditions have stabilized, but who are not yet able to return to their home or normal routine.  By collaboratively aligning transitional care, healthcare costs can be reduced by not keeping patients in the ICU unnecessarily and/or transferring to Denver or Utah to receive further care.  With the addition of 9 new beds at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center along with the expansion of the physical, respiratory and occupational therapy areas, patients can now receive their long-term care locally, which will be less stressful and costly for not only the patients, but their families as well. “People want to see hospitals collaborate to lower costs and improve care,” said Mark Francis, president and CEO of Colorado Canyons.  “This is exactly the kind of partnership that achieves those goals. We are especially grateful to be able to help ease the cost and burden on loved ones who are dealing with the devastating impacts of serious medical conditions.”

Colorado Canyons and St. Mary’s have been training together with Allevant Solutions since 2016, and have already seen remarkable results.  “This is a solution where patients can get to the right place to get the right care at the right time. We’ve had the right care, this is the right time, and Colorado Canyons is the right place.” said St. Mary’s Medical Center President Dr. Brian Davidson.

The $4.5 million dollar project is estimated to be completed in February 2018.

Click HERE for more information regarding the expansion.


Family Health West and Arthritis Center of Western Colorado welcome Dr. Richard Cappiello and Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Cappiello, originally from Pennsylvania, began his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. He then completed his Rheumatology fellowship at the University of South Florida. His unique achievements include receiving “Florida’s Super-Doc/ Top Doctor” designation several times since 2008.

Prior to moving to the Grand Valley, Dr. Cappiello was in private practice in South Florida. He has particular interests in osteoporosis and inflammatory illnesses.

Dr. Cappiello’s mission is his commitment to provide individualized, comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients. He is eager to serve the Grand Valley community for their musculoskeletal needs.

Dr. Eva Cappiello

Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Eva is a Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate RN degree at the University of South Florida and her ARNP degree at Florida Atlantic University.

In addition to Eva’s extensive nursing experience, her knowledge of biologic infusion and administration brings another professional level of patient care to the Grand Valley. Recently relocating to Colorado, she looks forward to expanding the role of infusion therapy to better care for patients of the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado.

Dr. Peter Scheffel and Family Health West open Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma in Fruita

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

Dr. Peter T. Scheffel is delighted to open his practice, Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma, in Fruita – another service provided by Family Health West.  Dr. Scheffel is a shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy specialist. He provides treatment / surgery for adult and pediatric patients who suffer from fractures, sports injuries, acute and degenerative injuries, or other orthopedic conditions.

A graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Scheffel is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He completed his internship and residency in the General Surgery and Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Departments of the University of Washington. He also completed an additional fellowship in the subspecialty of sports medicine at the University of Utah Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine.

In addition to his passion of aiding high school students with their sports preventative and injury care, Dr. Scheffel’s life is fulfilled with the love of his wife and their two children. He enjoys living in the Grand Valley with the many athletic activities possible – especially mountain biking Colorado’s biking paradise.

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