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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A program allowing the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center to share pertinent information from a patient’s records will be piloted with Valley View Hospital starting in February.

The program is specifically for VA patients who go to the Valley View emergency department. Veterans must sign a release in advance for their records to be available through the program.

When the program goes live, Valley View emergency department staff will be able to look at participating veterans’ existing diagnosis, current medications, most recent lab reports and other useful information, such as emergency contacts and next-of-kin.

“This is the kind of information that can save lives in an emergency,” said Terry Atienza, director of the Grand Junction VA Medical Center. “For instance, if a patient is on a blood thinner and the ER staff knows that, they can take immediate action to adjust for the medication.”

Emergency room staff can also benefit from quickly learning about other prescriptions, and medical conditions such as diabetes or a heart condition, Atienza added.

The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program, or VLER for short, will be available to any hospital that is a member of the Quality Health Network.

Veterans can fill out a VLER release form at the Glenwood Springs Veterans TeleHealth Clinic, 2425 S. Grand Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. To request a VLER release form by mail, call (970) 263-2800, ext. 2875.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Holy Cross Energy will use a helicopter service to conduct aerial inspections of overhead powerlines throughout its service territory from today through Friday.

The aerial inspection will generally be carried out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., using the Rifle-based DBS Helicopters.

Infrared cameras mounted in the nose of the helicopter can detect problem spots that might contribute to future electrical outages.

This aerial inspection process is part of the utility’s annual maintenance program, aimed at increasing system reliability and safety.

For information, contact Craig Murray at 947-5426.

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