Health Briefs, Dec. 20, 2011

RM Orthopaedic opens new clinic

Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates opened an in-house, outpatient, physical-therapy clinic Dec. 5 at 627 25 1/2 Road.

Physical therapist Bryan Whitesides will serve as the clinic’s physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist. Whitesides specializes in evaluating and treating orthopedic injuries and has nearly two decades of experience in physical therapy.

Community’s Home Health gets grant

The Colorado Hospital Association announced Community Hospital’s Home Health will receive a grant from UnitedHealthcare to implement a program aimed at reducing the number of people returning to the hospital for avoidable reasons.

Community’s Home Health program received an initial incentive payment of $20,000 from the grant program. The grant will benefit a two-year initiative at the hospital called the Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative.

“This grant money will help our discharge planners to develop and implement new processes and tools utilizing the Project Re-Engineered Discharge guidelines, that will help facilitate a more informed patient discharge, which has also been shown to reduce the patient’s chance of being readmitted,” Community Hospital’s Home Health Director Kristin Gundt said.


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