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Local Visiting Nurse Association renamed Northwest Colorado Health

Organization now Northwest Colorado Health

Gisela Garrison, director of Community Health Centers for the newly branded Northwest Colorado Health, speaks with Kristi Shepherd, left, and her father, Al Shepherd, at a chamber mixer in Craig on Thursday. The mixer was a kick of to the organizations new name.
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— A new name and new look will better reflect the work of Northwest Colorado Health, formerly known as the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, staff announced last week.

The organization unveiled the new name during a ribbon-cutting and reception Wednesday at its Steamboat offices adjacent to Yampa Valley Medical Center and at a Chamber mixer Thursday in Craig.

“Northwest Colorado Health is everything we do,” said CEO Lisa Brown.

Brown said when the Visiting Nurse Association opened in 1964, primary services involved nurses visiting patients in a home healthcare setting and staff going into the community and educating residents about public health.

“It was primarily going into people’s homes and the community,” Brown said.

Through the past 52 years, however, the organization has expanded its reach to include community health centers in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

The organization also aims to offer affordable care, including assistance in obtaining insurance and low-cost prescriptions. Northwest Colorado Health also has two dental hygienists on staff now to help provide low-cost dental care.

“We see anybody, regardless of their ability to pay,” Brown said. “We believe everybody deserves the opportunity to achieve their best health.”

A current and future focus of Northwest Colorado Health is also prevention and wellness programs in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

“Health is so much more than healthcare,” Brown said. “It’s how we live. It’s what our environment is.”

Northwest Colorado Health also runs numerous support groups, provides hospice services and owns and operates The Haven assisted living center in Hayden and Rollingstone Respite House in Steamboat Springs.

Overall, the organization employees 150 between its offices in Steamboat Springs, Craig and Hot Sulphur Springs and operates on an annual budget of $11 million. Funding is generated through patient fees, county, state and federal contracts, local and state foundations and strong local support from individual donors through annual giving and special events.

The new name does not change the organization’s affiliation with the National Visiting Nurse Association of America, of which it is a member.

Brown said the organization and its board had discussed a desire to update the name for years, but the efforts to become Northwest Colorado Health officially began about a year ago.

Learn more about the services offered through Northwest Colorado Health by visiting the organization’s new website, northwestcoloradohealth.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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