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Silt medical clinic just what doctor ordered

Donna Daniels
Staff Writer

It’s official. Silt now has its very own medical clinic.

The doors of Valley View Hospital’s Silt Medical Center opened Tuesday, April 16.

The 7,700-square-foot building sits just east of the Silt Post Office at 2001 Horseshoe Trail in the new Silt Trade Center east of downtown.

This Friday, the Silt Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours at the clinic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There’ll be food, tours of the new clinic and an opportunity to meet the staff.

Housed within the clinic are a rehabilitation department that offers physical, occupational and massage therapy, said clinic administrator Ross Peterson.

“The New Castle clinic grew so fast, we had to have more space,” Peterson said.

Over the last few years, Valley View has also expanded its services to the communities surrounding Glenwood Springs, said hospital CEO Gary Brewer.

A large number of patients come to Valley View from New Castle, Silt and Rifle, he said.

“Our idea is to carry the service to the patient,” he said.

Physical therapy records showed that folks scheduled for three visits a week were missing two of them on average if they had to come from outside Glenwood Springs, Brewer said.

Peterson also oversees the hospital’s rehabilitation clinics in Eagle, New Castle, and at the Hot Springs Pool Athletic Club in Glenwood Springs.

Family practice and internal medicine doctors will also hold office hours at the clinic, as will doctors from Orthopaedic Associates of Glenwood Springs.

Family practice doctors from Glenwood Medical Associates include Timothy Kruse, Bruce Lippman, Jr., and Robert Brokering, all in family practice. Internists from GMA include Susan Inscore, Peter Cohen and Steve O’Brien, Peterson said.

Also available for appointments at the clinic are doctors and midwives from Women’s Health Associates, including Drs. Mary Glode, LeAnn Kocher, Jim O’Donnell and Shelley Binkley as well as midwives Joy Kor, Karen Knudson and Pam Furr.

Drs. Robert Adams, Tito Liotta, Bob Derkash and Noel Armstrong from Orthopaedic Associates will also hold office hours at the clinic.

Diane Branstetter is the clinic manager.

Brewer said he hopes to hire a family practice physician to work full time at the clinic.

Also within the clinic are a full radiology section offering X-rays and mammograms, as well as a small laboratory.

Inside the clinic the rooms are decorated in deep purple and hunter green hues accented with rich red hardwood. The examination rooms are spacious and the rehabilitation room sports big sunny windows with views up valley, state-of-the-art fitness machines and bright red, yellow and blue exercise balls.

Plans for the clinic, drawn up by architects and constructors Hart, Freeland and Roberts of Nashville, Tenn., allow for expansion up to 26,000 square feet, Peterson said.

The clinic is now open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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