MRH Foundation receives $60K to upgrade ambulance equipment
September 14, 2017
CRAIG — Patients requiring ambulance services will soon have a safer ride.
The Memorial Regional Health Foundation has received a $60,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the purchase of new power loading systems.
"The loading systems are needed to increase safety for the patient and EMS staff. This enhanced equipment will substantially reduce related injuries," said Emergency Medical Services Lead Stayton Mosby.
The new systems are Stryker Power-Pro XT, which meet Society of Automotive Engineers crash safety guidelines when providing loading and unloading support to improve efficiencies during patient care. As such, the new lift systems will also help MRH meet new fastening and securing-of-patient requirements that went into effect on Jan. 1.
To achieve compliance, three of the hospital's ambulances will be equipped with the new system.
The total cost of the new equipment is $120,000, with half of the money coming from the CDPHE grant and the other half from a local match from Memorial Regional Health.
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The grant is part of a CDPHE initiative to enhance Colorado's emergency medical and trauma services system.
"We have been writing and successfully obtaining grants from this CDPHE program for the past 5 or 6 years," said MRH Foundation Director Eva Peroulis. "Last year, we received new radio equipment for the ambulances. The year before, we were able to purchase a new ambulance, and the year before that, we purchased a new cardiac ultra sound for the emergency department."
The Memorial Hospital Foundation, recently renamed, Memorial Regional Health Foundation, was established in 2002 to support and improve rural health care needs in Moffat County.
Through the course of 15 years, the foundation has transferred more than $1.9 million in charitable contributions and grants to The Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.
"The Memorial Regional Health and the MRH Foundation appreciates CDPHE for their financial support and assistance in improving emergency medical and trauma services in Northwest Colorado," Peroulis said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.