Cody, Wyo.(November 10, 2020) – The State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) of Wyoming has awarded
Cody Regional Health (CRH) roughly $4 million this year in Coronavirus
Relief Grants to assist with a variety of needs in order to combat COVID-19.
Funds were allocated to a variety of departments within Cody Regional Health,
including their Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Home Health and Hospice,
Operating Rooms, Long Term Care Center (LTCC), and payroll mitigation.
“Our number one goal is to keep our patients, team, and community
safe. It’s important for the communities we serve to remember the
best way to support our health care heroes during this pandemic is to
continue to limit the spread of this virus by wearing a mask, staying
home when sick, washing our hands, and following CDC guidelines. Our team
is seeing major effects and we want to make sure we can continue to offer
the standard of care we are used to at CRH,” stated CEO, Doug McMillan.
Cody Regional Health has received funding for the following projects:
Long Term Care Center Tables & Rehab Equipment, $80,925: This equipment
was awarded to CRH’s LTCC residents during the COVID pandemic to
help keep them active and healthy. CRH’s LTCC also received funds
to purchase new dining room tables that can be cleaned and disinfected
in contrast to their current dining room furniture.
Telehealth Project Grant, $395,588: In order to improve access to comprehensive
medical care through Telehealth while reducing the risk of COIVID-19 exposures
to citizens, CRH is expanding their community paramedicine team in order
to assist with in-home patients through telemedicine.
EMS Power Load Grant, $225,128: This new equipment will allow CRH’s
EMS personnel to be protected during patient care and transport and avoid
staffing shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current method of
transporting patients requires EMS personnel to be properly placed at
all sides of a cot when loading a patient. This requires staff to get
within 6-12 inches from the patient. It also requires the EMS team to
lift sometimes an excess of 400 pounds causing injury to clinical personnel.
Home Health Vehicle, $29,102: This new vehicle allows CRH Home Health personnel
to visits vulnerable patients in their homes. Since the pandemic, the
CRH Home Health department has seen an increase of over 71% in in-home visits.
EMS Equipment, $300,397:
- LifePak 15 – These monitors are utilized for the transport of patients
that requires continuous monitoring. This includes Non-invasive B/P, EKG,
12-Lead, SPO2, CO Monitoring, and temperature monitoring.
- GlideScope Go – These are video Laryngoscopes that allows our provider
to visualize airway anatomy through a camera during critical airway procedures.
- Lucas System – This is a compression system that performs CPR, this
allows our staff to reduce their exposure during Cardiac Arrest events.
- Zoll EMV Ventilators – These ventilators are equipped to provide
oxygen therapy to critically ill patients including CPAP/BIPAP
5 xenux disinfection ultra violet lights, $506,750: These lights pulse
ultraviolet light to kill all pathogens within a closed room, including COVID-19.
6 Demystifier 200A w/transport backup units, $52,590: This portable negative
pressure tent allows healthcare providers to safely house patients with
infectious diseases include COVID-19.
This grant funding is in addition to $1.3 million Cody Regional Health
received from the SLIB to assist with their payroll deficit. All Coronavirus
Relief Grant funding must be expended by the end of the year.
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About Cody Regional Health
CRH is a national leading critical care access healthcare system serving
Northwest Wyoming. CRH employs and partners with over 100 providers offering
a wide variety of comprehensive services including a walk-in clinic, Orthopaedic
clinic, wound care and cardiology. Adjacent to our hospital is a 94-bed
Long-Term Care Center and 16-bed chemical dependency center. CRH offers
an 8-bed hospice care house and a regional cancer center. CRH abides by
the Planetree philosophy as a model of health care. The Planetree model
strives to enhance patient comfort by personalizing, humanizing and demystifying
the health care experience. More information can be found at www.codyregionalhealth.org.