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The Valley View Hospital Foundation awarded more than $20,000 to projects within the hospital to support innovation in patient care. The projects impact and improve patient care at Valley View, thus advancing the foundation’s purpose of accelerating excellence in healthcare at Valley View. Hospital departments and clinics were eligible to receive up to $5,000 through a competitive proposal process.

At a luncheon on Jan. 11, the foundation’s board of directors awarded the following projects:

• An AccuVein machine to illuminate Critical Care patients’ veins for greater accuracy and patient comfort



• A VitalStim unit for the Eagle Rehabilitation Clinic to help patients with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)

• iPads to support patient education and online family interaction in the Family Birthplace



• A blanket warmer for Women’s Health patients to stay warm in exam rooms

• Secure, bedside thermometers to support convenient, timely and accurate temperature checks for Acute Care patients

• A patient orientation video to help patients understand Valley View’s Planetree philosophy and its services

• An adjustable procedure table for A Woman’s Place to promote both patient and caregiver comfort during gynecological procedures

Foundation President Adrian Rippy-Sheehy stated, “We are grateful for the generosity of our donors as it has enabled the foundation to support these projects. The projects will elevate Valley View’s care and hopefully make our patients’ experience at the Hospital even more positive.”

For more information about the foundation call 970-384-6620 or visit http://www.vvhfoundation.org.

Do you know what it takes to start your own business? In this overview, you’ll learn the steps to take to launch your new business venture, including legal structures, required licenses and forms, tax requirements and financing considerations. Bring all of your questions about launching your business and meet others who are doing the same. Presented by Jim Olp, Colorado SBDC Network, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center, located at 1402 Blake Ave.

Rob Weitekamp, district manager for Toyota’s Denver Region, was at Bighorn Toyota this week to present Ed Rosenberg with a plaque commemorating his 25 years with Toyota. Bighorn Toyota and the Denver Region would like to congratulate Ed on his 25 years of service with Toyota. His dedication and commitment to the brand is a true achievement of success.

This workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, is designed to help the small business owner understand the basic payroll process and forms, including how to avoid common pitfalls by paying payroll liabilities in a timely manner. This informative presentation will also help you simplify some otherwise confusing tax issues such as tracking and paying business taxes. You will also find out which business activities are subject to sales and/or use tax and which government entities require sales tax collection. Presented by Kristine Wood, Balanced Bookkeeping.

Cost is $30. To register, visit either RFBRC or Colorado Mountain College registration sites or call 970-945-5158 or 970-947-8438.

New Castle Family Fitness welcomes John Norton on board to instruct Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being. Class is at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. First class is free. Call 984-3200 for information.

Paradise Day Spa is raising awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. February is heart disease awareness month.

Paradise Day Spa is giving away a free hair make-over for the winner of a contest on Paradise Salon’s Facebook page. Like Paradise Day Spa on Face Book to see the short video on heart disease and join in on the contest by posting a picture of a friend that could use a make-over.

Wear Red for Women on the Feb. 3 to help raise awareness. Paradise Day Spa is at 2520 Grand Ave. Suite 102 in Glenwood Springs.


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