Health Center News

In Colorado, Expanding to Meet the Growing Need

Peak Vista Community Health Centers in Colorado Springs recently purchased a building in close proximity to Peak Vista’s existing main campus to further meet growth demands, community need, and to serve more patients. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually offers primary medical care and dental services to close to 50,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region, most of which are from working families. But demand for affordable primary health care services continues to grow. The 33,414 square foot facility will be renovated during the second half of 2007. The new site has the potential to increase patient care by approximately 30 exam rooms plus staff work areas.

“The highly visible location of this new site is ideal for easy patient access. The additional space will allow Peak Vista to expand its services to more people in the Pikes Peak Region who face access barriers…including the uninsured,” according to BJ Scott, President and CEO of Peak Vista. “We are pleased that we have the ability to announce the Union facility purchase plus other major expansions that have come together during 2006, our 35th anniversary year of providing exceptional healthcare to working families of the Pikes Peak Region. These expansions have been made possible as a result of valued partnerships and relationships with other community organizations, as well as a successful and aggressive grant strategy and Amendment 35 tobacco tax disbursements.”

The purchase of the 225 South Union facility is just one piece of Peak Vista’s strategic plan to expand its infrastructure to support the hiring of more medical and dental providers and other support staff to serve more patients. In addition to this facility purchase, Peak Vista is proud to announce it has implemented electronic health records in all its medical clinic sites and is planning a major renovation of its Family Health Clinic at 2828 International Circle during 2008.

Other expansion plans completed or underway to further serve more working families in the Pikes Peak Region include: a new and improved site for the Health Center located in the city of Divide that opened summer 2006 with integrated dental and medical services; the Fountain Health Center that opened in January 2006 with integrated primary medical, dental and behavior healthcare; and the ongoing recruitment of several new providers to serve more patients.

Peak Vista is also in the process of establishing a new Health Clinic location in a 6,000 square foot space located on the Myron Stratton Campus in the Springs. The Myron Stratton Home was founded in 1913 by Winfield Scott Stratton with a vision to care for the region’s poor, elderly and children. Peak Vista, along with two other broad-based local agencies, will relocate or create a new service location on the Myron Stratton Home Campus in mid-2007.