Karl B. Gills: Thank you

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On Tuesday, May 24, Yampa Valley Medical Center began caring for patients requiring infusion therapy or chemotherapy in our new facility in the medical office building adjacent to the hospital. This project ultimately will be completed entirely with grant and donated funds.

I would like to thank the staff of the city of Steamboat Springs for invaluable assistance in preparing and submitting grant documents to the Department of Local Affairs for funding under the Rural Health Improvement Program. This matching grant was key to allowing us to move forward with our project sooner than we had anticipated.

The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley has secured several private donations and continues to seek others to assist in making this project possible.

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary committed the proceeds from the 2004 and upcoming 2005 Rubber Ducky Race to the completion of this project. Their work and dedication to improving the patient experience and patient care at YVMC is greatly appreciated in general, and, specifically, as it relates to this project.

In addition to financial resources, many YVMC staff and auxiliary members spent significant hours in bringing this project to fruition; focusing on developing a comfortable, noninstitutional environment for our patients.

A public open house and reception will be held to introduce this fine facility to our community from 4 to 6 p.m. June 16.

My thanks to everyone who participated in this project.

Sincerely,

Karl B. Gills

Chief Executive Officer, Yampa Valley Medical Center

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