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Grand River just keeps growing

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Grand River Hospital District’s physicians and staff are committed to providing excellent health care to enhance the well-being of the community.Grand River Hospital District (GRHD) was formed in 1961 by a vote of the residents of approximately 1,500 square miles of Western Garfield County and a small corner of Mesa County. This special tax district was formed by citizens to provide local health care services in a rural area that otherwise would not have been able to financially sustain a hospital and other health facilities. The first initiative undertaken by GRHD was the construction of a hospital.Health care services were first delivered at Clagett Memorial Hospital in Rifle Dec. 16, 1962. Since that time, GRHD has grown and changed to meet the needs of its changing population. Grand River Hospital District operates the following five divisions:Grand River Primary Care houses the primary care physicians and providers in Rifle. In 1995, GRHD took over the physician clinic in Rifle and operated the clinic for eight years as Grand River Medical Clinic, which was incorporated into the medical center when it was built. It is located at 501 Airport Road in Rifle, and its telephone number is 625-1100.E. Dene Moore Care Center, built in 1968 to meet the need for long-term care, is located at 701 E. Fifth St. in Rifle. Call 625-1514.

Battlement Mesa Medical Center, a primary care facility that GRHD took over from St. Mary’s in 2000, is located at 73 Sipprelle Drive, Suite K, in Parachute. The telephone number is 285-7046.Grand River Health and Safety Center in Battlement Mesa opened in June to meet the rehabilitation and occupational health needs of residents in that area. Patients are becoming accustomed to visiting this facility for their occupational health services. It is located at 71 Sipprelle Drive, Unit 1, in Parachute, and the telephone number is 285-5731. Grand River Primary Care is adding approximately 70,000 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the hospital. The addition will include a new primary care center, a new rehabilitation center, conference and meeting space, expanded space for specialty physicians, expanded space for support services areas that are bursting at the seams, a therapy pool, and an adaptive living center for patients who have suffered strokes, teaching them how to cook and take care of themselves in a therapeutic setting. The new addition is set to open in January 2009.The hospital district is governed by an elected board of directors. Its most recent board election took place in May 2006. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. Land in the Battlement Mesa area was recently purchased by the Grand River Hospital District to build a new medical center there within the next three years.

Grand River Hospital District employs more than 300 people in its facilities. Fourteen of these are medical providers, including a full-time general surgeon, a gynecologist, family medicine providers, internal medicine physicians, and two new providers: an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon.The hospital district is celebrating its 45th anniversary this fall. Look for upcoming events for the hospital’s celebration.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. She is the Garfield County Human Services Commission media coordinator. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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