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Published on June 29, 2012

University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado Provide Assistance for Waldo Canyon Fire and Colorado Springs

Health care partners provide assistance to American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter and offer supplies for Memorial Health System.

Aurora, Colo.  – In this unprecedented wildfire season, University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) and Children’s Hospital Colorado are providing assistance for fire responders and evacuees across the Front Range.

Both UCHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado are sending $25,000 to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. The $50,000 in total donations will be used to provide food, water and other assistance to firefighters and any residents affected by the fire.

Even young patients have smoke-related breathing problems

Memorial Health System (MHS) physicians and nurses have treated patients at their emergency department with breathing problems from the heavy smoke in the area - including young children. UCHealth and Children’s Colorado are offering supplies and medical staff to assist in treating patients if MHS requests this assistance. Volunteers are also available to assist in the City of Colorado Springs’ emergency command center.

Bruce Schroffel

Bruce Schroffel

UCHealth has also been providing assistance for responders and evacuees at the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, including donations and medical assistance.

“Many of our staff and patients are directly affected by these serious and frightening Colorado wildfires,” said UCHealth CEO Bruce Schroffel.  “Whether the fires are burning in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs or anywhere else along the Front Range, we consider this our community, and the University of Colorado Health is honored to help in any way possible.”

University of Colorado Health is a new organization that includes Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital.

Contact: Dan Weaver at (720) 848-7852 or dan.weaver@ucdenver.edu

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