Colorado West in Glenwood Springs receives $200K from state to upgrade IT system |

Colorado West in Glenwood Springs receives $200K from state to upgrade IT system

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced on Friday that the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council awarded more than $1.9 million in its first year. The funds are to be used to strengthen health care delivery throughout Colorado’s rural communities.Colorado West Mental Health Centers, with corporate offices in Glenwood Springs, received about $200,000 of the grants. Sharon Raggio, chief executive officer for Colorado West, said that the money will be very helpful in improving patient care.”We really appreciate the rural authority council for the opportunity to update our IT systems, which will help to improve our client care,” Raggio said. “That is the main goal of these grants, really, to improve client care.”Raggio expects the funds to become available sometime in August. The funds will go to purchase new computer servers for the corporate offices in Glenwood that are used by the entire network of Colorado West that encompasses the northwest region of the state. Remaining funds will also purchase laptop computers for employees and emergency responders that will make client information more easily accessible in rural areas.”Our company serves rural Colorado from the Eisenhower Tunnel to the Utah border all the way to Wyoming,” Raggio said. “We had staff that would go out on emergency calls to some remote places without the ability to look up any records. This money will let us supply those employees with laptop computers and air cards, and that will give them better access to information in a more timely manner.”In all, Raggio said that Colorado West applied for four grants through the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council, and they received all four as well. That was a bit surprising to her.”I think you are always pleased when you get it,” she said. “We felt like we had the need and could put the money to good use. Certainly, we are pleased that they came in.”The funds should be made available in August allowing Colorado West to purchase the equipment they need. Raggio said the grant is for one-year, and all the work must be completed in that one-year time frame. She added that Colorado West will have to document for the council how the funds were used and what improvements have been seen.”We have to demonstrate that we are doing a better job of linking our people when out on a call with the laptop and that they are able to get the right information to ultimately do a more efficient job,” Raggio said.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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