Trapper Mining, Inc. donates $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation

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Trapper Mining, Inc. donated $10,000 to The Memorial Hospital Foundation earlier this month to contribute to the hospital’s integrated health information technology project.

The funds will allow the hospital to purchase a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) to more efficiently manage images and data from medical imaging instruments and technology, including X-rays and magnetic resource imaging (MRI), according to a release from the foundation.

The new system will enhance telemedicine, allowing improved transmission of medical images to major hospitals in conjunction with Flight for Life transports.

“This funding assistance is so exciting because it reinforces the solid vision that the foundation and the community share for improving health care in our community,” said Sue Lyster, chairwoman of the TMH Foundation Board, in the release.

“It feels really good to receive supplemental funding for state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide quality health care.”

PACS is a technology that increases access to medical images, decreases turnaround times in diagnoses and increases efficiency, according to the release.

“The PACS equipment strengthens our capacity to provide accurate and timely diagnosis to primary care services and furthers our mission to provide the best care possible for all our patients,” said George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital’s chief executive officer, in the release.

“Our objective is to invest in technology as appropriate to improve patient outcomes.” Jim Mattern, general manager for Trapper Mining, said the donation is reflective of the company’s priorities.

“The donation keeps with Trapper Mining’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees, their families and the communities of Northwest Colorado,” he said in the release.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a total of $50,000 in support of PACS, including a $15,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation and $25,000 from Peabody Twentymile Mining, LLC.

Jennifer Riley, TMH’s chief of organizational excellence, said the total cost of the project is about $200,000 and that the hospital will cover the remainder of the cost through budgeted capital funds.

Riley said the hospital is currently reviewing information from vendors and deciding with which to proceed.

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