Craig health briefs for Nov. 22, 2014: TMH Clinic and outpatient services closed for Thanksgiving
The Memorial Hospital Clinic and outpatient services will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. The Emergency Department will remain open 24/7.
TMH receives grant for pediatric upgrades
The Memorial Hospital in Craig received a grant from the Bacon Family Foundation of Grand Junction to fund pediatric upgrades for the Emergency Department.
Pediatric visits to TMH increased by 15 percent in 2013, according to the press release. Upgrades “will provide a kid-friendly atmosphere in order to enhance the child’s experience and aid in the healing of children during their time in the hospital,” according to the press release.
Enroll for health insurance by Dec. 15 for Jan. 1 coverage
To compare available health plans, visit Connect For Health Colorado at http://connectforhealthco.com.
For assistance in finding the best plan for you and learning if you qualify for tax credits, make an appointment with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association by calling 970-824-8233 or by scheduling online at http://www.nwcovna.org/healthinsurance.php.
Open enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2015, however to receive coverage beginning Jan. 1 or to change your existing plan, you must complete your enrollment by Dec. 15.
Appointments can also be scheduled with a Health Coverage Guide at the following times and locations throughout the open enrollment period:
• From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday at Mind Springs Health in Craig
• From noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig
REPS to offer suicide prevention training
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will offer an ASIST suicide prevention training from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Congregational Church in Hayden. The training is open to the public and registration is free.
To register, call 970-810-2232.
VNA seeks ornament donations
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking ornaments, either to borrow or keep, from different countries. Ornaments will be used to decorate the agency’s “Peace on Earth” themed tree at the Moffat County United Way Festival of Trees.
A drop off basket is located at the front desk of the Craig office at 745 Russell Street, with a sign-up sheet for the borrowed ornaments.
For more information, call Sandy Beran at 871-7682.
VNA offers drop-in sessions for health insurance guidance
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering drop-in sessions for free one-on-one guidance on health insurance enrollment from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 15 at 745 Russell Street in Craig.
A certified health coverage guide and health insurance broker from Western Slope Health Insurance, LLC will be available to answer questions about health insurance or to assist individuals in enrolling or renewing applications. No appointment is necessary.
Remember, to have insurance by Jan. 1 you must enroll by Dec. 15. For more information call 970-871-7647.
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.