Ground Breaking Held for $12 Million Medical Center
KREX News Room
BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo. - Officials with Grand River Health broke ground Tuesday at the site of a future medical facility in the Battlement Mesa and Parachute area.
They say the construction of the Grand River Health: Clinic West has been a long time coming.
"We bought this land almost five years ago, planning to build for this site and then like much of the rest of the country in 2008 as things went down in the economy, we had to delay those plans," said James Coombs, CEO of Grand River Health.
After years of careful financial planning, Grand River Health is finally able to move forward with the project.
"The expansion and building into this facility will let us provide them with more diagnostic services and expanded lab services so they may not have to travel, even to Rifle, for some of the services that they currently do," said Lois Kame with Grand River Health Administration.
While designing the inside of the building, officials say they kept the comfort of the patients in mind.
"Most people aren't there because they're feeling well, that's not why we go to a clinic or to a doctor's office so for us to be able to provide that at-home atmosphere helps in their health and well being and that's what we're here for," said Kame.
Grand River Health has seen an increase in the number of patients outside of their area traveling to Battlement Mesa for treatment, so they hope the new facility will not just benefit the patients, but the whole community as well.
"People will come here and may spend some dollars in this community and shop at the local stores and sit down and have lunch in the restaurants," said Kame.
Officials say the total cost of the project is around $12 million and the facility is set to open in February 2014.