Hillcrest Care Center & The Towers Awarded Grants for Disinfection System
By Bethany Welp
March 12, 2021

Hillcrest Care Center and The Towers (HCC) has received money from Kitzmiller-Bales Trust, a grant from NextFifty Initiative, and a grant from the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund to fund Tru-D Ultraviolet-C Disinfection System.

HCC is owned by Wray Community District Hospital (WCDH). Both facilities are nonprofit health systems that provide remarkable care for numerous people in the Northeastern Colorado Region. Each grant was written and submitted by a highly valued community member, Cathy Walp, WCDH Administration, and medical student, David Sabio.

Tru-D Ultraviolet-C Disinfection System was purchased by WCDH in 2018 to achieve a more extensive facility sanitation process and reduce the probability of pathogen spread. It has been essential during this pandemic for the hospital to prevent and lessen the spread of COVID-19.

Because HCC offers high quality living for older adults in our community, it was apparent that adding Tru-D disinfection to the care center housekeeping routine would reduce risk of any disease spread within our more susceptible community.


“Preventing and mitigating the impact of disease is one of the key strategies of Hillcrest and the Tower’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plans submitted to the Division of Health Facilities. One way we believe, to achieve this goal is through a more extensive facility sanitation process, namely, by implementing the use of the Tru-D UVC Light Robot,” said HCC Executive Director, Ginger Williams.

“Although Hillcrest Care Center and The Towers maintains high standards of housekeeping throughout the facility, adding Tru-D to the regular protocol will raise the bar and help us in the fight to prevent and minimize community spread and possible death. We are the only long-term care facility in our region with this type of technology.”

“It’s an added disinfection system that will be a game changer in protecting the residents as well as the staff,” quoted Wray Hospital CEO, John Hart.

Kitzmiller-Bales Trust Fund primarily gives to community development. NextFifty Initiative exists to fund projects, ideas, technology and innovations that improve the lives and capacities of those who are aging. The Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund is provided to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

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