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Cody Regional Health Receives Grant From Charitable Trust

Ultrasound Machine

Cody Regional Health is announcing that they are receiving a grant for almost half a million dollars.  The money will be used to purchase and use four, cutting-edge ultrasound units, two hand-held ultrasound devices, as well as probes.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is giving $466,486 that is part of a “groundbreaking state-wide ultrasound initiative in Wyoming,” according to CRH’s media release.

“This generous grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust marks a significant milestone for Cody Regional Health and the entire community,” said Doug McMillan, CEO at Cody Regional Health. “Ultrasound technology plays a crucial role in modern healthcare, enabling our providers to deliver accurate diagnoses and tailored treatments. With these state-of-the-art ultrasound units, we will enhance patient care across various clinics, including the Basin Clinic, Walk-In Clinic, OBGYN Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, Surgical Services, and Orthopedics. Patients throughout the Big Horn Basin area will benefit from access to advanced ultrasound services, transforming the way we deliver healthcare.”

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, emphasized the importance of these grants in improving healthcare access statewide. “Our commitment to providing quality medical treatment extends to every corner of Wyoming,” said Panzirer. “With the latest ultrasound equipment and training, our hospitals and health centers can continue to deliver exceptional care close to home, ensuring that all residents receive the medical attention they deserve.”

The announcement of these grants was made during a statewide news conference on Thursday, showcasing the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s dedication to advancing healthcare infrastructure across Wyoming.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program focuses on supporting innovative projects that leverage technology to connect rural patients with essential medical services, deliver cutting-edge therapies to remote areas, and provide comprehensive training for rural healthcare professionals. To date, this program has allocated over $650 million to initiatives aimed at enhancing healthcare delivery in rural communities.

Leona Roberts Helmsley was an infamous figure in the New York City social circles after being convicted of income tax evasion and other crimes in the late 20th century.  After allegations of not paying contractors for working on her Connecticut home, Hemsley was investigated and ultimately convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989.  Initially sentenced to 16 years in federal prison, she eventually was only required to serve 19 months with two months of house arrest.

Her flamboyant personality, combined with her immense wealth and tyrannical behavior earned her the nickname the “Queen of Mean.”

She died of congestive heart failure in 2007.

Her husband, Harry Brakmann Helmsley was a billionaire making his fortune in real estate with his company Helmsley-Spear, owning high-profile buildings like the Empire State Building and other prestigious hotels in New York City.  His second marriage to Leona led to a charges of accounting fraud and tax evasion. He was ultimately determined to be judged too frail to plead and serve prison time.  His wife, Leona, was found guilty and served 21 months.

Harry died at 87 of pneumonia in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1997.

The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust was founded in 1999 with a major focus on health and medical technology, along with conservation, education, social services, and cultural access.



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