April 4, 2017
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Staff at The Medical Center of Aurora collected and delivered 300 food bags by ambulance today to Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, a non-profit organization that provides integrated health care and support services – including a food pantry – to over 23,000 infants and youth in metro Denver and across Colorado.
“As health care providers, we know that proper nutrition is critical to good health, especially for infants and youth. Each year, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides food to thousands of families who are struggling financially or who have children who are failing to grow at a healthy rate due to lack of proper nutrition,” said Executive Director Jessica Dunbar. “We salute the staff at The Medical Center of Aurora for their commitment to the community and for such a huge and generous show of support with today’s food bag donations, which will help hundreds of local families.”
The food drive is the latest example of a long and productive partnership between Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and the Medical Center of Aurora. RMYC pediatricians provide care for newborns at the hospital and hospital employees have conducted numerous campaigns to provide books and food for RMYC patients. In addition, RMYC and the hospital coordinate care for many local patients and their families.
About Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics: Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics is a non-profit organization that provides accessible, affordable, high-quality health care and support programs to children across Colorado, regardless of their family’s insurance status or ability to pay. During its 20-year history, RMYC has grown from a single clinic to one of the largest pediatric health practices in Colorado, serving more than 23,000 infants and youth at three medical offices and nine school-based health centers in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, the west slope and southwest Colorado. Our experienced professionals focus on meeting all of the child’s health needs with medical and dental care, behavioral health counseling and healthy lifestyle programs. We also partner with dozens of organizations to connect kids and families to the services they need. More than 85% of our patients live in low-income households. In 2016, RMYC provided more than $800,000 of health care services to more than 1,700 uninsured patients whose families were unable to pay for care. More information is available at rmyclinics.org.
ABOUT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.
HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes five hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.