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VNA applies for state grant

Money would be used for health kiosks in Moffat, Routt counties

Christine Metz

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is applying for a $121,000 state grant that would provide health kiosks across Routt and Moffat counties.

On Tuesday, Routt County commissioners approved the grant application to the Governor’s Rural Healthcare Initiative. The money, with a $41,000 match, would purchase six or seven health kiosks that would take people’s blood pressure, weight and other vital signs.

People also could use a swipe card that would store their information each time they visited the health kiosks. That information could then be printed and taken to physicians, VNA Public Information Coordinator Suzi Mariano said.

“It is preventive,” Mariano said. “It is something to encourage people to monitor their health and take the information to their doctors.”

The kiosks could be used by anyone, she said.

The intent is to put two kiosks in Steamboat Springs, two in Craig, one in Hayden and one in Oak Creek. Two of the kiosks would be at the VNA centers in Steamboat and Craig. Others would be in community buildings, Mariano said.

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The VNA also hopes to purchase a home health monitoring system, similar to the equipment used in the health kiosks but portable. The monitoring system is intended to help patients who are homebound or recently released from the hospital. The equipment would be left at a patient’s home for a short period of time.

The grant also would allow the VNA to purchase infrared therapy systems for home health care. The infrared therapy involves a pad that is put over wounds to help patients heal faster and to ease pain.

The grant deadline is Aug. 1, and awards are expected to come out by late October or November, city grant analyst Winnie DelliQuadri said.

Of the money, $90,000 would go toward the health kiosks, $25,000 for a home health monitoring system, $35,000 for the software to support it and $12,000 for the infrared therapy equipment.

“If we receive the funding, it is something we want to implement into the community immediately,” Mariano said.

The grant program, which is in its second year, is funded from money generated by the state Energy and Mineral Impact Fund and Community Development Block Grants.

County Commissioner Nan-cy Stahoviak said that to apply for the grant, an agency has to go through a local government entity and show the community’s effect from the energy and mineral industries.

Last year, the VNA applied for funding from the Governor’s Rural Healthcare Initiative and was denied funding. The request was for $130,000 and was to go toward an electronic medical records project, which would allow different medical offices and pharmacies to share patients’ information electronically.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail

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