Grand River Gallop benefits health clinic
Zion’s Garden, an affordable-health-care clinic in Rifle, is getting a run for its money.The clinic is the beneficiary of the sixth annual Grand River Gallop Oct. 29.The Gallop is Grand River Hospital District’s annual fund-raiser. The 5K race and 3K family fun walk raises money for people who need help paying their medical bills. In the past, the event has focused on raising money for specific people.This year, Kris Daler, the GRHD director of public relations, said the district would like to raise money to help many people who need medical services.Ann Cox, a nurse practitioner, and her husband Gary bought a little house on Fourth Street with their retirement money. They remodeled the house to accommodate a clinic, which is staffed with three nurse practitioners who are able to perform most tests and prescribe medications.Cox said she knows from working in regular clinics that people need an affordable alternative. Zion’s Garden charges between $10 and $60 a visit depending on where the patient falls on a sliding income scale.Cox is also certified to accept certain health insurance, including Pacificare.Every year since the Gallop started, it’s raised almost twice as much as it did the year before. This year, doubling the money will be a tall order. The event raised $4,500 last year. Daler hopes to hit the $10,000 mark.Cox said the clinic could sure use the help.”We haven’t been getting many donations,” Cox said. “This will really help us a lot.”Cox said the clinic needs more furniture and new lab equipment.Since the race is so close to Halloween, it always features a costume contest, and several runners along with their children sport unusual outfits.Daler said she hopes the community will come out in full force to support Zion’s Garden.Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. email@example.com
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