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Loss of funding pushes back work on planned Rifle clinic

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Work will continue this winter on the planning and other preparations for a Mountain Family Health Center clinic in Rifle, despite the fact that the center’s director does not believe construction will begin in the spring as expected.

Dave Adamson, director of the center, said on Wednesday that the loss of federal and state funding had put the plans on hold, other than design work and some governmental processes.

The center has been planning a $2.2 million, 8,000-square-foot facility on a lot to the west of the Garfield County Health and Human Services building, adjacent to the Garfield County Fairgrounds on Railroad Avenue.

In late July, Adamson told the Garfield County commissioners that federal red tape concerning a $544,000 federal grant had forced the organization to delay its planned groundbreaking, originally scheduled for this fall, until the spring of 2010.

This week, Adamson told a reporter that the loss of more than $800,000 in state funding, plus other shortfalls, meant the groundbreaking will not take place until the fall of 2010, at the earliest.

Mountain Family Health Centers provides low-income and indigent health care services to area residents.

Adamson said the plans also were delayed because of difficulty in borrowing money from area banks, due to the ongoing credit crunch and national economic recession.

The nonprofit Mountain Family currently operates a 9,000-square-foot health care facility in the former Glenwood Medical Associates building across from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

Since it opened in 1999, it has been the fastest growing rural health center in Colorado, Adamson said, reporting that the facility provided 17,920 medical visits to 6,293 patients in 2008.

The Glenwood facility averaged 194 new patients per month last year. As of June, Adamson told the BOCC, that average had risen to 266 new patients per month. A growing number of patients also are coming from the Rifle area, Adamson said.


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