SALIDA, Colo.-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation has received a
$200,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The
funds will be used to help purchase a new CT scanner with cardiac capabilities
for the Salida hospital.
"We are very grateful for DOLA's support and their partnership
with us," said Kimla Robinson, HRRMC Foundation director. "The
new CT scanner will cost $605,000, and the DOLA grant goes a long way
toward making that purchase possible. Proceeds from this year's Jewel
Ball fundraiser on Sept. 24 will also be earmarked for this purchase."
The new CT scanner will replace the CT scanner purchased by the hospital
in 2003 and offer enhanced image quality and reduce a patient's exposure
to radiation. It will also provide some new capabilities, including a
noninvasive way to visualize the heart and identify coronary artery disease.HRRMC
has been expanding its cardiac services in recent months. James Schmidt,
M.D., of Colorado Springs Cardiologists began seeing patients full time
in Chaffee County in June. Previously, visiting physicians from Colorado
Springs Cardiologists rotated through the hospital's Specialty Clinic
and HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center. The new CT scanner will offer Dr.
Schmidt an important tool for diagnosing heart disease and enable patients
to schedule the test locally rather than traveling to the Front Range.
The HRRMC Foundation provides the hospital with financial support to facilitate
innovative programs and provide state-of-the-art health care services
to the Salida Hospital District. For more information about the Foundation's
initiatives, call Kimla Robinson at (719) 530-2218.
About the Department of Local Affairs
For many communities throughout Colorado, DOLA is the "face of state
government"-that initial and primary point of contact where local
communities work in partnership with the state. Their mission is "Strengthening
Colorado Communities," which exemplifies the level of responsiveness
and attentiveness that lies at the heart of their services. DOLA provides
technical and financial assistance to communities across the state and
has four program divisions: the Board of Assessment Appeals; the Division
of Housing; the Division of Local Government and the Division of Property
Taxation. All department services provide support to local communities
and help bolster capacity.