$250,000 in investments add to support for psychiatric hospital expansion

An effort to expand a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction has gained additional financial support.

The Northwest and High Country Regional Councils, programs of the El Pomar Foundation, and the foundation in Colorado Springs have invested a total of $250,000 in the Building Sanctuary, Rebuilding Lives campaign to expand West Springs Hospital.

“The care that West Springs Hospital delivers extends beyond providing hope for a single person. Their work impacts families and encourages wellness in our communities. Making an investment in Building Sanctuary, Rebuilding Lives means making an investment in the current and future well-being of Coloradans,” said Dave Palenchar, an El Pomar Foundation trustee.

Roger Sheffield, vice president of development for Mind Springs Health, which operates West Springs Hospital, said the El Pomar investment brings gifts and pledges to 60 percent of the campaign goal. Construction  is scheduled to begin in the fall if the goal is reached this summer.

“The generous investment from El Pomar is a humbling example of the importance of community involvement,” Sheffield said. “They worked diligently to award three separate grants totaling $250,000, which will greatly help us to provide the best care available to each and every person who needs it.”

Mind Springs Health plans to double the number of patients it can accommodate at its West Springs Hospital with the addition of up to 64 beds at an inpatient center. The expanded facility will include a dedicated child and adolescent wing, indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, private rooms with private baths and enhanced visiting areas. The project is expected to cost $34 million.

Based in Glenwood Springs, Mind Springs Health offers counseling, therapy and other services in a 10-county region of Western Colorado. The organization operates 13 offices for outpatient treatments as well as the West Springs Hospital, the only facility of its kind between Denver and Salt Lake City. For more information about the Building  Sanctuary, Rebuilding Lives campaign, visit the website located at www.BuildingSanctuary.org.