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SPRHC sees growth despite slowed economy

by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG- The planned remodeling of the Colorado State Veterans Nursing home is finally underway. The $2.3 million project will result in improvements in the dining area and in the commons areas for its residents.
Various grants have recently been awarded to Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center with a $163,351 grant coming from the Colorado Health Foundation. The funding will help to implement the electronic medical records (EMR) for the clinic.
Also a $33,000 grant from Caring for Colorado was awarded to the hospital. The grant will be used to start a Chronic Illness Nurse program. The program will track and follow patients from the hospital and clinic with chronic diseases to ensure that patients have their medications and follow-up appointments and that their needs are met. The program is designed to help reduce readmission rates.
The Spanish Peaks Community Foundation took ownership of the Walsenburg Care Center building on West 7th in Walsenburg on June 22. The agreement will result in ownership of the building and a $50,000 donation to the Foundation as well as a new roof for the office building.
Earnings and losses for the hospital reflected a slowed economy. SPRHC posted a $267,256 net loss for the month of May. It was anticipated that net losses would be $66,174 for the same period.
In-patient visits showed a 32 percent increase with revenues above budget by around $45,000. However that was too little to balance out-patient revenues which fell by 18 percent or nearly $281,000.
The Fourth of July fireworks show will go on according to hospital officials. Both the Huerfano County Sheriff’s office and the County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator have given the show a go so far.