Medical foundation gives $25,000 to area organizations

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Since May 2002, the Yampa Valley Medical Foundation has donated $57,395 through grants to medical services in the Yampa Valley Medical Center service area. But only four of those grants have been to Moffat County organizations, as opposed to 10 in Routt County.

That's not because of any preference for one county over another. Rather, Routt County services have applied for more grants, a foundation official explained.

The foundation has donated $3,000 to the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition for a patient establishment fund, and $10,000 to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association's Suicide and Crisis Intervention Lifeline to fund a suicide prevention program. Another $10,521 was donated to the Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation to fund a part-time faculty position to launch a resident nurse program, and $2,000 went to the Independent Life Center to fund a wheelchair accessible van for disabled people living within a five-mile radius of Craig.

Jim Murphy, foundation president, said the grant cycle runs on a quarterly basis. The foundation received applications this January. Applications will be processed in February, grants will be awarded in March, and the cycle will start again in April.

The foundation prefers to award grants to organizations that focus on community health needs and avoid duplication of services.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization, is funded through the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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