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$250K grant to Centura benefits Middle Park Medical

Sky-Hi staff

Centura Health, the region's health care leader, in conjunction with its affiliate hospitals, announced it received a $257,000 grant for telecommunications equipment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program.

This grant further supports development of shared programs between Centura Health and its affiliate hospitals like Middle Park Medical Center to expand access to clinical services in Colorado's rural communities for delivery of high-value care.

The grant will fund one telemedicine mobile exam cart equipped with high definition video conferencing and built-in medical devices, including a digital stethoscope, at each of Centura Health's Colorado affiliate hospitals.

It also funds 16 secure video conferencing units for Colorado Health Neighborhoods' specialty providers to deliver clinical care to patients through the mobile exam carts. These two telecommunications technologies work together to bring specialists to patients locally. Colorado has not received a Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant since 2010.

While Centura Health has eight Affiliate Hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, only its Colorado affiliates are eligible to receive equipment through this grant, including Middle Park Medical Center in Kremmling and Granby.

"Meeting the health care needs of rural America is critical to ensuring every individual has access to high-value care when and where it is needed," said Samantha Lippolis, telehealth manager, Centura Health. "We are excited to have the USDA recognize the health care needs of residents living in Colorado's rural communities and support our efforts to optimize health care value, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes, increased service and convenience, and lower health care costs."

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