Centura Health Awarded Grant to Maintain and Grow Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Human Trafficking

Centennial, COLO. (November. 13, 2018) – Centura Health the region’s health care leader, is on a mission to ensure no victim is turned away from the compassionate care and support they deserve. Through a coordinated grant application across nine hospital emergency room sites, the Crime Victim Services (CVS) Advisory Board through Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) recommended Centura Health receive funding of $991,970 over a two-year period. 

“When a victim comes to the emergency department, we want this to be the first step in their healing journey,” stated Shauna Gulley, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “To help ensure the best possible interaction in a traumatizing situation, we provide specially trained Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) to handle their care. Not only do these caregivers know how to interact with victims to prevent them from being retraumatized, but these professionals also collect forensic evidence that can be provided to law enforcement should the victim choose to seek prosecution. They also connect patients to community resources which furthers their healing and safety when they choose.”

In addition to purchasing technology for evidence collection and providing continuing education, this grant will maintain nine existing sites and grow one additional location. The existing sites include: St. Anthony Hospital (Lakewood), St. Anthony North Health Campus (Westminster), Centura Health 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center (Westminster), St. Anthony Summit (Frisco), Littleton Adventist Hospital (Littleton), Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver), Parker Adventist Hospital (Parker), Mercy Regional Medical Center (Durango), and St. Thomas More (Canon City). The new location to open in 2019 will be Longmont United Hospital (Longmont).

“Due to this grant, Centura Health anticipates increasing the number of patients we serve through this program by 73% over two years,” stated Carrie Bach, St. Anthony Foundation Director. “At the current increasing rate of rape crimes, Colorado is estimating 3,750 sexual assaults to be reported this year alone. Centura Health expects to treat the equivalent of 25% of the survivors who report assault in Colorado.” 

Centura Health’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides the highest quality forensic nursing care not just for victims of sexual assault, but also intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking for the State. Centura Health also ensures that victims will never pay for forensic exams through this program.

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