Four selected to lead effort to expand psychiatric hospital

Four people have been named to lead an effort to expand a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction.

Dr. Brian Davidson, president of St. Mary’s Medical Center; J. Robert Young, chairman of Alpine Bank; Beth Slifer, chairwoman of Slifer Designs; and Rod Slifer, founder and principal of Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate, will lead the Building Sanctuary, Rebuilding Lives campaign.

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.

“We are honored that these important, community minded people agree that this project is a critical need for the Western Slope and have given their names and dedicated time to make this hospital happen,” said Sharon Raggio, president and chief executive officer of Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital.

Said Young: “The return on our investment will be the lives of our community members saved.”

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