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Cheyenne, WY - Medical Center Earns Recognition for Community Service

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In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center was named a finalist of the prestigious 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare.

The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, Cheyenne Regional will receive $10,000 to be used to support their community health initiatives.

Founded in 1867 as a frontier "tent" hospital to serve the transcontinental railroad, today the 222-bed Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is Wyoming's largest healthcare system and provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for communities throughout southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska. A strong commitment to the health and well-being of its community can be seen at every level of the organization, though a particular focus is put on identifying and meeting needs in four key areas: healthcare access; health behaviors; social, education and poverty issues; and the physical environment in which residents live. Cheyenne Regional uses its history in the community to mobilize the creativity and resources of the entire community towards a shared vision of the future.

Cheyenne Regional was recognized for the following innovative community service initiatives:

  • Safety-Net Primary Care Clinics - Thanks to efforts led by Cheyenne Regional, in 2005 Laramie County's first federally qualified health center - Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center - opened its doors. Its services include general primary medical care, dental/vision services, flu shots/immunizations, diagnostic testing/screening, well-child visits, an in-house pharmacy, translation services, health education, family planning, pregnancy testing and work/school physicals. The clinic now serves more than 4,000 patients annually, 70% of whom have a family income below 100% of the federal poverty level.
  • Healthier Laramie County - Launched in 1997, this 25-member community organization team, co-chaired by Cheyenne Regional staff, recently generated the grassroots momentum needed to secure statutory authority to dispense donated medications to uninsured residents of Laramie County.
  • Laramie County Centralized Pharmacy - Operating since 2005, this program serves as a short-term bridge to ensure that underserved patients can access the medications they need while access to longer term prescription assistance is arranged. In late 2010, the pharmacy expanded its hours from only 16 hours a week to 30 hours, which greatly enhances patient access, and in 2011, the pharmacy filled 26,270 prescriptions for 3,161 low-income individuals.
  • Wyoming 2-1-1 - Developed in collaboration with the United Way of Laramie County and the Laramie County Community Partnership, the 2-1-1 call system is now in place in nearly all of Wyoming. It puts residents in touch, free of charge, to a full range of non-emergency community, social, health, human, legal, disaster and government services.
  • Healthy Births - This program has been expanded in recent years to include a more seamless continuum of support for breastfeeding women, as well as a postpartum screening and referral system. As a result, each month, this program now serves approximately 2,500 pregnant women, infants and children up to age 5.

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