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Topic: St. Mary's Medical Center continues to add new and innovative services. A new heart and vascular center is under construction that will bring the most updated technology to western Colorado. One such technology is the availability of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR. TAVR replaces the need for opening a patient's chest and placing patient's on the heart-lung machine for higher risk aortic valve replacement procedures. Aortic valve disease is a common ailment of people of the age of 75 and reduces quality and quantity of life for those afflicted. TAVR procedures require specialized equipment, a team of more than a dozen well-trained people, and specially trained physicians. St. Mary's associates, medical staff, and leaders have worked together to bring this life-changing procedure to the people of western Colorado.

Bio: Dr. Brian Davidson serves as the President of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.  He assumed this position in May, 2016.  Prior to his move into the position of President, Dr. Davidson served as the Chief Medical Officer for St. Mary’s, taking that position in July of 2014.  Brian came to St. Mary’s from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  Dr. Davidson’s medical specialty is in Anesthesiology. He was Class President of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Davidson currently serves on a number of local boards, including Hope West Hospice/Palliative Care, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Grand Valley Surgical Center and Western Healthcare Alliance.  Dr. Davidson and his wife, Dr. Amy Gagnon, have two boys, ages 5 and 1

Brian M. Davidson, M.D.
Jan 03, 2018
 
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Topic: More than a Game chronicles an autobiographical account of the struggle for Title IX compliance.  It portrays an inside look at life as a “whistleblower,” the workings, limitations and costs of the legal process, the day-to-day battle engaged and endure; and ultimately the price in human capital paid. 

Bio: Here to speak to us is the author of More than a Game, Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, the new Vice President of Academic Affairs at Colorado Mesa University.  Dr. Pemberton earned her Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a Masters from Southern Oregon State College and her Doctorate from Portland State University.  She has worked in higher education for over 30 years at the community college, private undergraduate and public research university level.  Prior to coming to CMU, Dr. Pemberton served as interim dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University, followed by a 3-years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dickerson State University.  She has also been a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Malta.  She has conducted research, published and presented regionally, nationally and internationally.  Her scholarly achievements include two books, over 30 refereed and/or limited review publications, numerous invited publication and well over 100 presentations. 

Dr. Cynthia Pemberton
Jan 10, 2018
 
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Topic: Former reporter with the Daily Sentinel and current historian Bob Silbernagel looks at what kept the Colorado Plateau isolated for so long, and the early efforts to navigate through here, from the first trails through the railroads and the early automobile travel.  Bob Silbernagel was the editorial page editor for The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction for 19 years. He retired in 2014, but he continues to write a regional history column for the newspaper.  He is the author of the 2011 book, Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado, and the upcoming Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau, which will be released in May 2018. 

Bio: When not writing, Bob enjoys horseback riding, bicycling and camping, primarily in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.  He and his wife, Judy, live near Palisade, Colo.

Bob Silbernagel
Jan 17, 2018
 
 
Tony Giurado
Jan 31, 2018
 
Rotary Membershop
Feb 07, 2018
 
 
State of Rotary
Feb 21, 2018