Meet your neighbor: Angelina Salazar keeps busy in Fruita’s health industry |

Meet your neighbor: Angelina Salazar keeps busy in Fruita’s health industry

Denise: What is your occupation?

Angelina: I am the director of marketing, development, and customer service for Family Health West in Fruita. I have been in this position since 2009. My job encompasses promotions and publicity, community relations, fundraising, customer service, event planning, and physician relations.

Denise: Can you tell me a bit more about Family Health West?

Angelina: Family Health West encompasses Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center that includes laboratory, radiology, emergency, and surgery; an access or minute clinic; an outpatient procedure center; pain management, two assisted living facilities, The Oaks and The Willows; Courtyard Care Center, a nursing home which provides Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing; pediatric rehabilitation; an adult rehabilitation therapy center; a coagulation clinic; The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado; Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care; Atlas Arch Neurosurgery; and Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle. Future plans include expanding the hospital from 16 beds to about 25 beds. The current focus is on expanding and renovating the nursing home, now called Courtyard Care Center, which is located in the original Lower Valley Hospital building. I love the variety in my job and representing an organization that meets the health care needs of the lower valley with the best in technology and customer service.

Denise: You sound very busy! What do you when you are not at work?

Angelina: I love the great Colorado outdoors! Backpacking, hiking, running, and fishing are among my favorite activities. I also love music, and I dabble in playing the guitar and violin and singing. I especially love traveling. The world is my playground.

Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at

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