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Home health gets $56K boost from Memorial Regional Health Foundation in Craig

Memorial Regional Health Home Health Registered Nurse Brenda Soos sits behind the wheel of a new Chevrolet Equinox, one of two purchased a a result of a donation by the MRH  Foundation. Pictured standing are Director Eva Peroulis, left, MRH Home Health Director Kristine Cooper who chairs the Foundation Board and MRH CEO Andy Daniels.

Two new vehicles will help home health care providers reach patients throughout Moffat County in all kinds of weather.

Two Chevrolet Equinox, each costing $28,000 for a total of $56,000, were purchased locally last week at Cook Chevrolet through a donation from the Memorial Regional Health Foundation.

MRH Home Health staff will use the vehicles to travel to and from patient homes.

"Currently staff use their own vehicles, and that is a liability concern," said MRH Home Health Director Kristine Cooper who chairs the Foundation Board.

The purchased used about a forth of the foundation's 2017 budget, said Foundation Director Eva Peroulis.

Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels thanked the foundation for the generous donation.   

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"It is nice to know that we have a progressive and generous foundation supporting our plans for patient services," he wrote in an email.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation, newly renamed, Memorial Regional Health Foundation, was established in 2002 to support and improve rural health care needs in Moffat County.

Over the course of 15 years the foundation has transferred over $1.9 million in charitable contributions and grants to The Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.

Foundation Board Members:

  • Board Chair Kristine Cooper
  • Board Vice Chair Ashley Kawcak
  • Board Secretary Ryan Dennison
  • Janelle Hoaglund
  • Karli Bockelman
  • Amanda Tomlinson
  • Physician Representative Dr. Kristie Yarmer
  • Hospital Representative Jennifer Riley
  • Board of Trustees Representative Don Myers

The board meets every other month to consider requests and plan fundraising events such as the annual golf tournament. Last year the tournament raised enough money to fund a new EKG machine for the medical clinic.

Peroulis manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and have leveraged local donations to bring in grant funds.

"We rely heavily on donations from the community and local companies, she does a lot of work to get additional funding from grants. So we are fortunate to have her," Cooper said.

Donors that give $1,000 or more are recognized with names engraved on glass leaves that decorate a wall near the main lobby and gift shop at The Memorial Hospital.   

"One of our goals is a capitol campaign for the new clinic," Peroulis said. "We hope to build this new clinic soon and we are in the initial planning stage to start a campaign to raise funds."

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To donate

Memorial Regional Health Foundation

Where: P.O. Box 1203, Craig, CO 81625

Contact: Foundation Director Eva Peroulis at 970-826-2424