Mountain Family closes in on expansion goals |

Mountain Family closes in on expansion goals

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A local health center for low-income families and individuals announced recently that they have finished raising money to build a new facility, and are now waiting for construction bids from prospective builders.

The Mountain Family Health Center recently received a $25,000 grant from EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) and $50,000 from the Aspen Community Foundation, which brings the total amount raised to $1,899,290, according to development coordinator Tami Cassetty.

The organization is planning to build a $2 million facility, with a dental clinic, on land in Rifle made available by Garfield County.

“EnCana is particularly interested in helping reduce the environmental impact of the building, and their funding is going toward those measures,” the Center declared in a statement on Aug. 11, adding that “Aspen Community Foundation has provided continuous support for Mountain Family since their Glenwood Springs location opened in 1999, and has granted more than $200,000 to date.”

If there is a gap between the money raised and the building costs, said Cassetty, the organization will seek loans to make up that gap.

“Funding from these local sources demonstrates genuine commitment not only to the economic stability of our region, but also to the health of all who live and work here, regardless of socioeconomic means,” said David Adamson, Mountain Family’s executive director. “Our Glenwood site is operating at full capacity, with more and more patients coming from the western part of Garfield County.”

The center reported that more than 7,000 people received care at Mountain Family’s Glenwood Springs facility last year.

Construction of the facility in Rifle is expected to begin this year with completion planned by May, 2011.

The new facility will be approximately 9,000 square feet with seven primary care exam rooms, one procedure room, a laboratory, administrative offices and several common areas.

The site will also feature a dental suite to accommodate a dentist and dental hygienist.

The expansion will enable Mountain Family’s health care providers to care for 4,500 additional primary care patients within three years of opening, according to center officials.

Other organizations that have contributed to the Mountain Family Health Center expansion plans include the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (otherwise known as the Obama administration’s stimulus money), $554,290; the Colorado Health Foundation, $450,000; the state Department of Local Affairs block grant, $450,000; Caring for Colorado, $150,000; Gates Family Foundation, $90,000; Boettcher Foundation, $50,000; Aspen Community Foundation, $50,000; and the El Pomar Foundation, $30,000, according to Cassetty.

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