Health briefs: YVMC announces results of feasibility study |

Health briefs: YVMC announces results of feasibility study

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YVMC releases results of feasibility study

Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation recently engaged CCS, a fundraising consulting firm with experience working with healthcare organizations, to conduct a planning and feasibility study to solicit the community’s interest in supporting various projects through philanthropy.

The survey focused on three areas, including emergency department renovation and expansion, a proposed Orthopedic Center of Excellence and/or orthopedic fellowship and expansion and relocation of GrandKids Childcare Center, as well as a relocation of pediatric physical therapy.

The study is now complete after engagin 70 individuals or families in private interviews and nearly 150 individuals in an electronic survey.

Key findings showed that YVMC is highly regarded. Nearly 94 percent of interviewees and almost 93 percent of e-survey respondents have a very positive or positive perception of YVMC. The staff is seen as excellent, and the care delivered is critical and superior in scope and service, particularly given the size of the community.

Among the projects, the highest level of potential philanthropic support was voiced for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion.

Both the YVMC Foundation Board of Directors and the YVMC Board of Trustees have received the full findings of the report. Moving forward, these findings will be strongly considered as due diligence is conducted regarding the possible initiation of these projects.

VNA to host open house June 1

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association invites the community to a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate an exciting change at the organization. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 in the VNA lobby at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. There will be free gelato and giveaways, and everyone is invited. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

Gluten-free tasting expo, seminar planned

Natural Grocers will sponsor a gluten-free tasting expo and health fair beginning at 3 p.m. June 17 at the store, 335 Lincoln Ave. Win door prizes and sample gluten-free products, including food, vitamins, body care products and more, from 3 to 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., a seminar on gluten-free living will begin. Learn shopping tips and meal planning for successful gluten-free living. Learn basics, cooking tips and hear advice on dietary supplements for nutritional support.

VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning — or just being in — areas inhabited by rodents.

Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory disease carried primarily by deer mice, which can be abundant in rural areas. Cases and deaths from the virus have increased in Colorado over the past several years; most cases occur in the spring and summer.

People can be infected by inhaling dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure.

Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include pain in the legs and back, headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems.

If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, he or she should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by avoiding areas infested by rodents and following safety recommendations when cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work areas or campsite.

For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, visit

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