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Dr. Peter Zonakis, M.D., F.A.C.S, has joined Grand River Health in Rifle. Zonakis is an Otolaryngologist, specializing in ear, nose, and throat care and surgery.Zonakis received his medical degree in 1975 from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind. He later completed his otolaryngology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit in 1980. Most recently Zonakis practiced at Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz., where he also served as the chairman of the Surgery Department and was the consulting physician for the Arizona Medical Board for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Zonakis and his wife Barb have recently relocated to the Rifle area. In their free time, they enjoy cross country skiing and golf, plus hiking with their two Border Collies, Cody and Zorro.Dr. Zonakis will begin seeing patients at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center this month. To make an appointment, call 625-1100.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center has once again joined efforts with Colorado Mountain College and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network to present an informative business seminar series. The final seminar, Understanding Business Financials and Taxes, will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is $35. For a full description, visit Advanced registration is recommended and is available by calling the CMC Glenwood Center at 970-945-7486.

Colorado set records in 2012, as manufactured, agricultural and mineral exports grew 11.3 percent. Find out how you and your business can take advantage of this trend at Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a small or medium-sized business owner, you may have an opportunity to grow your consumer base outside of the U.S. Presented by the Office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, CMC, RFBRC, RREDC, SBDC, Vail Valley Partnership, and the Colorado Bar Association Intellectual Property Section. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

More than 100 members of the Hospitals Founding Families attended a Then & Now event to celebrate the Delaney family’s remarkable legacy with Valley View Hospital and learn about the hospital’s expanded treatment options for those with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Valley View was originally built in 1955 through a federal post-war program to bring medical services to rural communities. The townspeople organized a campaign to raise $340,000 that was matched by a federal grant. In this way, the community worked together to provide residents with a nonprofit community hospital. The Valley View Hospital Foundation celebrates the work and legacy of these families through this “Founding Families” group.Robert and Connie Delaney were leaders not only in this original campaign to build the Hospital but gave their time, talent and resources to support the Hospital’s growth over the years. Daughter Diane Delaney shared about her parents, “Back in the day, it was thought to be a duty that my parents participate in the efforts to build and improve the community. It is a very honorable foundation shared by many, a tradition which the Hospital and Foundation seek to continue to honor.” The reception celebrated this remarkable legacy but also spoke of the family’s personal journey with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease is one of numerous Movement Disorders, nervous system (neurological) conditions that cause a person to have abnormal voluntary or involuntary movements, or slow, reduced movements. Parkinson’s Disease is probably the best known movement disorder however others include ataxia, essential tremor and dystonia. Local landscape artist Mary Noone shared that “Parkinson’s Disease is a study in frustration – of your movement, your communications” and that those with Parkinson’s Disease “long for an effective treatment.” Indeed, Noone traveled to a front range hospital to have Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). DBS is a surgical treatment option for those patients with particular movement disorders, including Parkinson’s. Noone noted, that “it is a joyous thing to have your life back,” after undergoing DBS. Dr. Claudio Feler, a neurosurgeon with Valley View Hospital, began conducting DBS procedures at Valley View in the summer of 2012. Dr. Feler is nationally-recognized for his work in the field of movement disorders. He has performed over 300 DBS and related procedures since 1985. As part of the evening’s program, Dr. Feler shared that a multidisciplinary team supports each patient through the DBS procedure. This approach, Dr. Feler noted, “dynamically reflects the mission of Valley View: to be the leader for excellence in personalized care and healing.” For more information about the Foundation or to support this endeavor call 970-384-6620 or visit

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