Kremmling hospital district receives grants totaling $98,000
Gov. John Hickenlooper recently named The Clinic at Middle Park Medical Center in Kremmling as the recipient of a $50,000 grant.The grant is part of a statewide program that awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to be used toward improving health care in rural communities. The grant in Kremmling will be used for improvements to patient privacy, including a new patient exam room, as well as greater infection control by replacing old fixtures like cabinets and sinks with easy to clean surfaces. “The level of care there is really tremendous,” said Funding Director Meara Michael, “I think it’s going to be really positive for patients, providers, and for the community.”The North Park Medical Clinic also received a grant from the program, totaling $48,000, making the Kremmling hospital district a dual award recipient. A certified rural health clinic, North Park Medical Clinic will be using the grant to buy a back-up generator for a community building which houses its EMS and mental health facility, and social services. Often in danger from rolling blackouts, the generator will help the clinic stay up and running without interruptions. The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program began in 2008 and is funded with $7.5 million from UnitedHealthcare. Since the program’s inception, more than 200 grants have been awarded throughout the state.”The grants awarded through the Colorado Rural Health Center have made a significant impact in helping health organizations statewide expand quality care to rural communities,” said Beth Soberg, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Colorado. “By supporting health facilities serving rural Colorado, together we are able to address the critical needs of under-served Coloradans and help ensure they have access to the quality care they need and deserve.”
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