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Posted on: August 2, 2019

County Receives $1M Grant from State for Health Care Facility

Aug. 2, 2019 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. Clear Creek County received a $1 million grant award from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to significantly help fund construction of the Clear Creek County Collaborative Health Care Center to be built at the site of the former Idaho Springs Lumber Company.       

“We are very grateful to receive this grant from DOLA, which together with the previous DOLA grants of $541,500, really anchors our fundraising efforts,” said Sean Wood, Board of County Commissioners Chairman.  “We are now more than halfway to our goal and are seeking additional funding from the business community and private donors who want to join us in our mission of providing excellent healthcare to Clear Creek and surrounding communities,” Commissioner Wood added. 

For the past several years, health care in the County has been a priority of the Board of County Commissioners and County Staff.  When the last independent primary care clinic in the County closed in 2011, the County began to search for a provider—and, County residents in the central and west portions of the County had to travel to find available health care elsewhere.         

Currently, the County is under contract with the Centura Health Physicians Group (CHPG), which operates a primary care clinic at the old Jacob House in Idaho Springs (opened July 2017).  The proposed new clinic design is a two-story, 12,000 square foot facility that will house a Centura primary care clinic, County Public Health and Human Resources, and other mental, physical and behavioral health providers. 

“Placing physical, mental and behavioral health services at one location ensures that everyone will have access to first-class care when they need it,” said Randy Wheelock, Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman.  “By doing so, our community expresses that we care about ourselves--every one of us.  We should be proud,” Commissioner Wheelock said.   

“Roughly 2,000 of our neighbors with health insurance did not see their doctor last year,” said George Marlin, County Commissioner.  “We are within sight of making sure those families have access to the care that they need and deserve.  It’s time to seal the deal!”    

Since its opening in 2017, CHPG-Idaho Springs has provided primary care for more than 8,000 patients in just 1,335 square feet of limited practice space.  Although already at capacity, patient satisfaction surveys show the current clinic to have one of the highest ratings in the CHPG system. 

The County purchased the former Idaho Springs lumber yard site in 2016, and has been working with an architectural firm to ensure the new clinic has the right providers, the right layout of space, and the ability to grow and adapt to changing needs.  County Staff have been working with various donors around the State.  At this time, the County is beginning a public/private fundraising campaign to ensure additional resources are found in order to lessen the costs to tax payers.

While no date has been set for groundbreaking, the DOLA grant (and other donations) will move the project forward much quicker.