Heart & Lung Scans Available to ALL WMFR Employees at No Cost
Posted On: Aug 28, 2018
Colorado Firefighters Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust Grant
The Firefighter Heart Fitness Grant (FHFG)
West Metro Fire has received grant funding from The Firefighter Heart Fitness Grant (FHFG). This grant provides funding to member fire departments for the purpose of providing heart health screening. This will allow those with heightened risk factors to better manage their own cardiac health. Screenings are designed to identify risk factors that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other serious illnesses.
The Trust’s programs were designed with one primary goal: the health of Colorado’s firefighters.
Our wellness director, Bob Stratman, has done significant research into the appropriate heart health testing and has negotiated with South Denver Cardiology to provide advanced heart and lung scans. The heart scan is designed to measure the calcium levels in the coronary arteries, while the lung scan is designed to look for nodules in the lungs. These scans are far superior to those available in the past and can be used to identify current heart/lung health status as well as establishing a baseline for future evaluations.
This is all possible due to the vision and hard work provided by Chief Lombardi’s leadership role with the Colorado State Fire Chiefs, Mike Rogers’ leadership role with the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, as well as Shannon Rush and Bob Stratman.
The District values all our members and wishes to also offer the advanced heart and lung scans to all our civilian employees. This will be partially funded through the Special District Association Safety Grant. There will be no cost to any uniform or civilian employees of WMFR.
Additionally, South Denver Cardiology will offer heart scans to immediate family members of West Metro, members of the Board of Directors and members of the Civil Service Committee at a cost of $99. These individuals will be responsible for payment at the time of the screening. The cost of this scan is NOT eligible for insurance reimbursement.
This is a voluntary program; however, we highly encourage your participation. Any follow up procedures will need to be done through your own primary physician or cardiologist.
A flyer from South Denver Cardiology as well as the patient information sheet is attached. The contract for this phase of the program ends at the end of 2018, so please schedule your scan soon.
South Denver Heart Center is located at 1000 Southpark Drive, Littleton, 80120
Setting up your appointment:
1. Call in at 303-703-2166 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Please provide names, dates of birth, and requested dates/times. Leave a message if there’s no answer.
2. Let them know if you are a WMFR employee, family member, member of the Board of Directors or member of the Civil Service Board.
3. Please fill out the attached information sheet and bring it with you to your appointment.