Officials See a Rise in Health Care Facilities
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Grand Junction has been a major medical hub for years, providing the most care of any city between Salt Lake City and Denver and officials say they're seeing an increase in medical facilities sprouting up in the Grand Valley area.
“As health care expands, and more procedures are covered, you have to have the doctors, the facilities and the clinics to cover that patient load,” said Dr. Jennifer BeBee.
Dr. Bebee just started her new audiology practice right here in Grand Junction. She believes people are becoming more aware that if you take preventative measures now, consequence later on won't be as bad.
“A lot of studies are coming out that show that untreated hearing loss is cause of dementia, and cognitive decline of people who are older,” said Dr. Bebee. “I think that people are tired of not knowing where to go.”
But it's not just for cases of audiology. Both hospitals and private clinics are expanding in our area, like the new Canyon View Medical Plaza.
This is something Grand Junction Chamber officials say have an impact on other industries as well.
“It still has a lot of implications for even businesses that are looking to relocate, to know that the medical services are here,” said Diane Schwenke, president of Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.
Schwenke says the uptick in new health related services helps to draw in additional revenue and jobs for our area.
“We're not just a static medical hub,” said Schwenke. “We're also seeing some advances that should push us for future growth as well.”
Officials say a little competition makes for enhanced medical care for patients.
Something Dr. Bebee is already well aware of.
“So you have to push yourself,” said Dr. Bebee. “I think that's what's happening in Grand Junction. I think we are going to start to see a huge expansion with better care, better doctors, better facilities, and better patient experiences.”
Dr. Bebee’s new Audiology clinic is located at 2139 North 12th Street. She will start accepting patients on Wednesday and can be reached at (970) 549-4660.