THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
(CRAIG, Colorado) July 2, 2014 – The Memorial Hospital Foundation received a $45,000 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provider grant award for the Emergency Department Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The grant award included a 50% local match from The Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Hospital Foundation to enhance Colorado’s emergency medical and trauma services system.
The funding received 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. The interfaces provide electronic linking capabilities for medications, allergies and patient vitals to the EMR. Implementation of an electronic medical record is required under the Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and helps ensure high-quality care for patients.
“This grant has allowed TMH to improve the healthcare delivery system for the residents of Moffat County,” said TMH Foundation Board Chair Sue Lyster. The TMH Foundation continues to provide financial support to The Memorial Hospital.
John Rossfeld, The Memorial Hospital Interim CEO, expressed the hospital’s excitement for the improved system for the emergency department. “We are always working to improve services and to bring leading-edge technology to our patients.”
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 both fund $22,550 each for the 50% match. Peabody Twentymile Mining Company 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.