CRMC Gets $14M to Transform Health Care Delivery

By Orr, Becky | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), September 20, 2012 | Go to article overview

CRMC Gets $14M to Transform Health Care Delivery


Orr, Becky, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has received a $14 million federal grant to help transform health-care delivery in the state.

By Becky Orr

borr@wyomingnews.com

CHEYENNE - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has won a $14.2 million federal grant to improve the quality of health care statewide and reduce costs.

CRMC won a Health Care Innovation Award from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

The grant will help the Wyoming Integrated Care Network and its health-care partners transform how health care is delivered across Wyoming, according to a CRMC news release.

The Wyoming Institute of Public Health will oversee the award. The institute is part of CRMC, with Phyllis Simpson Sherard as its director.

Programs created from the grant are expected to save about $33 million statewide over the next three years. Such savings comes, in part, from reducing avoidable hospital admissions, she said.

The hospital is one of 107 winners of grants out of 3,000 applications.

During the next three years, CRMC will train about 90 workers and create 33 jobs, based on information on the CMS website.

Officials at the Cheyenne hospital, the Integrated Care Network and other partners will establish 10 "medical neighborhoods" across Wyoming.

These neighborhoods will improve communication between medical providers and patients in order to provide better care.

The effort is not for CRMC alone, but for the state. "This is huge for Wyoming," Sherard said.

"It's not about Cheyenne Regional, but this is about what Wyoming can do working in mindful partnerships to drive better health, better quality of care at lower costs."

Innovation partners will get five projects up and running within the next six months. …

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