FOUNTAIN — Peak Vista Community Health Centers has expanded to the south in El Paso County, building a $5 million, 14,000-square-foot clinic in Fountain. The clinic offers primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to people of all ages.
The clinic opened May 30, and its ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony takes place Saturday. The building replaced an older 3,300-square-foot building, said Kandi Buckland, COO of Peak Vista.
“The Fountain Center is really a partnership with the community,” Buckland said. “The school district graciously provided the land and is very, very supportive to have health care, dental care and behavioral health care for its students.”
In addition, the center houses community agencies such as AspenPointe, Pikes Peak Workforce Center and El Paso County Department of Human Services, “making the health center at Fountain a convenient service hub for the Fountain Valley community,” according to a release from Peak Vista.
“Everybody had to be part of the solution to make this happen, and that’s what’s so exciting,” said Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 Superintendent Cheryl Serrano.
The city of Fountain will help pay part of the operations, Serrano said.
Fountain city officials “who are very supportive of having Peak Vista in the community and having health care access to their residents,” Buckland said.
Branches of the workforce center and the Department of Human Services had been housed within a District 8 elementary school in Fountain, but they will be expanded at the new center.
“This is such a superior facility than what they had before,” Serrano said.
The human services offered at the center initially were headquartered at a Fountain church, then they moved to the D-8 alternative school.
“It started as a school-based health center. Peak Vista took it over to offer a wider range of services,” Serrano said.
When the district built its new secondary school to replace the alternative school last year, “we couldn’t figure out a way to build this,” Serrano said. “We hoped they would build a building next to us.”
The new school is next door to the new Peak Vista center. The complex will be named for School District 8 educator Sheila Jobbs, who initially suggested a community health center 20 years ago. Jobbs still works for the school district, coordinating with 20 community agencies that meet on the site.
Services include newborn care, chronic disease management, prescriptions, lab services, diagnosis and treatment of sudden, minor illness, injury and chronic health conditions, kids’ care hour, dental services and more.
The center has 15 exam rooms and five dental chairs. Of the 14,000 square feet, 1,500 square feet is dedicated to the partnership of AspenPointe, the workforce center and DHS.
Staffing includes care coordination staff, care managers who work with the patients and the providers, Buckland said.
“If a patient needs certain services, the staff will work with the patient to bridge out of those barriers,” she added.
Staff will also include enrollment technicians who will help residents navigate the Medicaid or connectforhealthcolorado websites for services.
Peak Vista is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, from 2-5 p.m. at the center, 350 Lyckman Drive.
In addition to face painting and the Century Link Prism van, there will be readers from the Pikes Peak Library District, free food vouchers and more. nCSBJ