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Marillac Clinic celebrates 25 years of health services in the Grand Valley

Caitlin Row
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The Marillac Clinic’s mission does a lot for locals in need. It provides a wide spectrum of health services for the uninsured and under-insured throughout Mesa County, including dental and mental-health care. Plus, it helps folks purchase pricey medications for mere dollars.

And in 2013, it’s celebrating another huge accomplishment — 25 years in business.

“We’re calling it our 25th anniversary celebration,” said Kristy Schmidt, the community and donor development director for Marillac. “We wanted to celebrate all year long, instead of just one event, to bring attention to this community and the clinic by doing multiple things during the year.”

The anniversary celebration kicked off with a recognition breakfast in January, and Saturday, May 4, marks another big party — a celebratory dinner called Miracles at Marillac, which will showcase speaker Vallie Collins, a woman who survived the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane crash-landing into the Hudson River.

“She speaks about her life experience, being a passenger and what happened afterwards,” Schmidt said. “Her message (focuses) on the time we have in life, how we take care of others,” and of miracles.

According to Schmidt, there are a limited number of seats available to see Collins speak at the DoubleTree Hotel on Horizon Drive, and those who are interested should call the Marillac Clinic before noon on Friday (May 3). It’s $40 per ticket, which includes a plated dinner and a reception.

Another Marillac event on Sept. 21 will showcase a moonlight walk on Grand Junction’s Riverfront Trail. “It’s the weekend of a full moon,” Schmidt added, and it will start from the Western Colorado Botanical Garden.

A ONE-STOP SHOP

Another aspect of Marillac’s 25-year celebration is reminding the public of the many ways it can help improve the Grand Valley’s health for the better.

“The community needs to know that Marillac is a one-stop shop for health care,” Marillac’s Executive Director Kay Ramachandran said. “Services are for the uninsured and the under-insured and anyone who is covered by Medicaid.”

It’s team-based health care, Ramachandran added, and patients are able to access a variety of providers under one roof who communicate with each other to provide integrated care. Plus, a patient’s first visit includes a mental-health exam along with medical because oftentimes ailments are connected.

“It’s extremely unique,” she said.

Marillac is also lucky enough to have its own pediatric dentist and optical services.

“You’re not referred out to a third party,” Ramachandran noted. “Everything happens here.”

A medication-assistance program additionally works with pharmaceutical companies to provide qualified patients with name-brand medications needed for health maintenance, like meds used for Type 1 diabetes management.

And a satellite office in Palisade has offered Marillac’s services since 2006, Schmidt said.

For more information about the Marillac Clinic serving the Grand Valley, visit http://www.MarillacClinic.org.


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