In a small town like Lake City, Colo., a big project can make a big difference. That’s certainly been true with the 7,000-square-foot addition to the Lake City Area Medical Center and the renovation of its existing 3,600-square-foot building.
The $2.8 million project was funded from more than 250 private donors, 10 foundation grants (including a $195,000 investment from the Colorado Health Foundation) and a land donation from the Town of Lake City.
Located in southwestern Colorado between the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests, Lake City is a friendly little mining town surrounded by staggering peaks and beautiful wilderness.
But despite the many charms of mountain living, Lake City’s medical center building was clearly reaching the end of its decades-old lifecycle. Meanwhile, demand for medical, dental and other health services for Lake City’s residents and visitors had outgrown the old building’s capacity. Patient demand has doubled since 1994, with more than 4,000 people being served by the medical center every year.
So in 2007, Erin Cavit and other members of the Lake Fork Health Service District’s board of directors, conducted a feasibility study. The community quickly got behind the project, which easily passed all development hurdles. After selecting a design and general contractor, we broke ground on the building in June, 2010.
The beautiful new facility will have a larger trauma handling area, more exam rooms, medical and dental labs, improved soundproofing, privacy, space for wellness programs, counseling, training and community conference and meeting rooms.
The building will be named the Moseley Health Care Complex, in honor of generous donations by Jack and Kathy Moseley and in recognition of the expanded, comprehensive scope of health services offered there. The center opened earlier this month and finishing touches will be completed by March, 2011.
Though the construction is nearly finished on the complex, the project remains a work in progress. The board appointed a new business-development committee to approach and screen new health care providers, develop space rental agreements and look for ways to optimize the new facility for those who use it.
The new complex is testament to what can be done when a community harnesses its resources, talent and brainpower to improve health care.
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