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HRRMC Foundation Receives Grant for Study

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation has received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to conduct an environmental scan, or study, to increase the number of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings statewide. The total grant awarded was $18,479, which will cover the costs associated with the project.

The Foundation will utilize this scan to identify community resources and assets and the best ways to reach out to targeted populations to increase the use of cancer screenings. Community focus groups will be formed and data will be collected by Julia Fritz, RN, the principal investigator. The goal is to determine what barriers exist in the Salida Hospital District for those who qualify for these specific services.

"We are very grateful for the partnership with CDPHE to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates in Colorado," said HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla Robinson. "Preventive screenings are very important because your best way to find cancer early is to get screened."

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.