Health briefs for July 12, 2014: Visiting Nurse Association offering vaccine clinic

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in immunization clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at its Craig location at 745 Russell St.

All recommended vaccines will be available at a low cost for all ages preparing to attend school in the fall. Bring your insurance card and your immunization records. Those 17 and younger will need a parent present.

For more information, call 970-824-8233.

Hospital foundation given state grant

According to a press release, The Memorial Hospital Foundation recently received a $45,000 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provider grant award for the Emergency Department Electronic Medical Record system. The grant award included a 50 percent local match from The Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Hospital Foundation to enhance Colorado’s emergency medical and trauma services system.

The total cost of the allergy and medication interface was $90,150. The CDPHE grant was for $45,050. TMH and the TMH Foundation will fund $22,550 each for the 50 percent match.

Peabody Twentymile Mining Co. and Trapper Mine Inc. also provided funding for the initial purchase of the Emergency Department’s electronic health record, said Eva Peroulis, TMH Foundation director.

The funding will assist with the purchase of software interfaces needed for seamless communication between the Emergency Department’s electronic health record and other systems in the hospital.

“This grant has allowed TMH to improve the health care delivery system for the residents of Moffat County,” TMH Foundation Board Chair Sue Lyster said.

VNA seeks new board members

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is accepting applications for new board members.

The Board of Directors meets monthly and works toward the agency's mission of improving quality of life for all Northwest Colorado residents by providing comprehensive health resources and creating an environment that supports community wellness.

For more information or to get an application, contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7606 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

Pregnancy Center hosting walking fundraiser

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center FUNdraiser Summer Walk-a-thon still is seeking participant registration.

Participants of all ages will receive a T-shirt and pedometer for the event, which runs through July 26, as walkers collect money based on the amount of walking they do for the following weeks. People can convene at the Moffat County High School track July 26 to distribute their funds and receive a tally. Those who bring in the most funds or walk the greatest recorded steps will also receive prizes.

The cost is $20 per person or for a family of four or more, $20 for the first family member and $10 for all other members.

Those planning to register can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the YVPC office, 25 W. Victory Way.

For more information, call 970-824-5204.

Life-change events can impact insurance eligibility

Colorado residents who have had a life-change event in the past month may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period.

Among the possible conditions:

• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

• Your previous insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

• You changed jobs and lost your employer-sponsored insurance.

• You gained citizenship or immigration status.

• You experienced a change in incarceration status.

• You moved to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

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