Grand River Hospital District cares for women |

Grand River Hospital District cares for women

Nonprofit Spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kay Vasilakis

Grand River Hospital District (GRHD) is offering an exciting new program, the Women’s Wellness Connection.

The Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC), which began in 1991, is a program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Grand River Hospital District mammography coordinator Lindsay Jaycox, with help from the hospital’s human resource and information technology departments, and Clinic Director Lois Kame applied for a state grant to start the program, and it was approved.

The goal of the program and its staff is to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality through the promotion of compliance with routine screening guidelines and timely, state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation. Exam funding comes from the CDPHE WWC Program. Fifty percent of the CDPHE WWC Program is funded from the tobacco tax. All other funding, such as maintenance of the program, is provided by GRHD, and any exams that go above what the CDPHE WWC Program will reimburse, Grand River contributes as Charity Care.

The program provides breast and cervical cancer screening (mammograms, clinical breast exams, pap tests, pelvic exams and selected diagnostic services) for women from 40-64 years of age. These exams are provided free of charge to women with limited income and limited insurance, with emphasis on recruiting women who have not had a mammogram and/or pap test in the last 12 months, or women who have lost insurance, had an abnormal test and need follow-up.

The physicians in Grand River Primary Care perform the exams on established patients. Full-time Gynecologist Dr. Gary Meyer performs well women’s exams as well as diagnostic procedures. The mammograms are performed by Grand River’s Mammography Department.

Women can get into the program by filling out an application and providing proof of legal residency in the state of Colorado, and meet income requirements from the federal income guideline table.

Grand River’s Women’s Wellness Connection is located in the Primary Care Clinic at Grand River Hospital, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

The Women’s Wellness Connection promotes the wise use of CDC NBCCEDP funds to enact efficient, effective, evidenced-based, culturally-competent strategies that build capacity in those areas of greatest need.

“We hope this program goes on for many years, since it is a great service to the community,” said Grand River’s Women’s Wellness coordinator Leticia Lozano. “Remember, regular breast and cervical health screening exams and early detection can save lives.”

Call 625-6205 for more information.

The Humanitarian Service Awards nomination deadline has been extended until 3 p.m. Thursday, March 18. Nomination forms may be found on the county website,, click on News and then on Humanitarian Awards in the drop-down menu. Submit to

Categories are youth, senior, staff and volunteer. Nominating an outstanding civic-minded person is a great way to encourage community service and kindness. All nominees will be individually honored at the Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, at The Hotel Colorado. The committee encourages nominations to include as much information as possible about all the different facets of your nominee’s efforts on behalf of the citizens of Garfield County.

For more information, please call Kay at 618-6689.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a positive local nonprofit event or news item, e-mail or call 618-6689.

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