Health care organization unveils new name

A health care organization that’s provided services in Mesa County for nearly 30 years has a new name.

The Marillac Clinic has changed its name to MarillacHealth to better reflect a coordinated approach that offers not only medical, but also dental, behavioral and optical services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

The Marillac Clinic opened in 1988 in the aftermath of a regional economic downturn to provide basic medical care at a low cost to patients, many of whom had  lost their jobs and health insurance. Volunteer doctors provided their time and services.

The organization has changed over the years to meet community needs. In 2015, the organization became a Federally Qualified Community Health Center to offer a range of medical, dental, behavioral and optical services to the uninsured and under-insured. With the exception of the homeless, patients are charged on a sliding fee based on their ability to pay.

What’s now MarillacHealth is expected to serve more than 10,000 patients this year.

The organization employs four physicians, a total of five nurse practitioners and physician assistants, five behavioral health providers, five dentists, four dental hygienists and an optometrist. Health care providers work in teams in a holistic approach designed to improve outcomes for their patients and avoid emergency room visits.