Craig briefs for May 16

Foundation awards $50K to TMH


— The El Pomar Foundation has awarded The Memorial Hospital Foundation with a $50,000 grant, foundation and TMH officials learned Tuesday.

TMH received the grant in the funding priority area called "Health Infrastructure," which seeks to enhance the capacity of facilities and organizations to improve the delivery of health care through capital projects, equipment and technology, according to a news release.

"This grant is so exciting for our community because it reinforces the solid vision that the foundation and the community share for our new hospital project," said Vicki Gutierrez, TMH Foundation Board chairwoman. "It feels really good to supplement our community dollars with grant dollars."

"Receiving this funding is an incredible statement about the kind of support that is behind this critical replacement project," said George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer. "Providing first-class health care is a priority for TMH."

The El Pomar Foundation's mission is to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado through grant making and community stewardship.

The foundation contributes $25 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.

The hospital project was evaluated on criteria including a documented community need for the proposed project, a facility that will demonstrate positive outcomes in the community, increased access and creation of a lasting or sustainable change in individuals or the community.

TMH Foundation has $892,000 in investments to date. All of its funding is from private donations pledged during 2002 and 2005 capital campaigns and current contributions.

"The support of this community has been tremendous in reaching our goals," foundation coordinator Eva Peroulis said. "The El Pomar grant is the second grant the foundation has received for capital construction of the new hospital. The first grant of $20,000 from Caring for Colorado was approved Jan. 24."

Farm Service Agency meeting May 29

Information on agriculture loans for farm ownership, operation, equipment purchasing, and guarantee and youth loans will be provided at an upcoming meeting.

An outreach meeting regarding the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Program is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 29 in the conference room at Re/Max About You LLC, 390 Yampa Ave.

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Linda Dukes, USDA Farm Service Agency farm loan manager for Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties, at (303) 250-9902.


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