Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation has received a $654,523 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The grant has been made possible through DOLA’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF).

The grant will be used for the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center Expansion Project, which includes equipment for Environmental Services, Information Systems, Pediatric Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, Laboratory and exam rooms. The grant will also enable the purchase of a digital X-ray machine, ultrasound equipment and a backup generator for the facility.

Lifting the first shovels-full of dirt in celebration of the ground breaking for the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical center Buena Vista expansion are left to right: Jeff Post, Dr. Harry Payton of the BV Health Clinic, HRRMC CEO Bob Morasko, Jean Moltz, Tom Eve, Peter Edis, and Lesley Fagerberg.

“We are very grateful for DOLA’s support and its partnership with us for our patients’ healthcare needs in Buena Vista and the surrounding communities,” said HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla Robinson.

“The project supports the goal of the Office of Governor Polis to identify and implement policies that will reduce healthcare costs while expanding access to quality care in every corner of Colorado,” added Robinson.

DOLA Executive Director Rick Garcia said, “This award assists with helping to meet the governor’s goal of reducing the costs of healthcare for rural Coloradans. We are continually looking for ways to support rural hospitals, clinics and enlarge primary care accessibility to rural populations with EIAF capital grants.”

The HRRMC Foundation provides the hospital with financial support to facilitate innovative programs and provide state-of-the-art healthcare services to the Salida Hospital District. For more information about the Foundation’s initiatives, call Kimla Robinson at 719-530-2218.