Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the expansion of a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction thanks in part to a $2 million grant.
The grant from the Colorado Health Access Fund of the Denver Foundation, the largest ever from the foundation, enables Mind Springs Health to proceed with the project at West Springs Hospital.
Dace West, vice president of community impact for the Denver Foundation, said an expanded West Springs Hospital will enable people to access services without having to travel to the Front Range. West Springs Hospital is the only facility of its type between Denver and Salt Lake City.
“This hospital expansion will not only change that, it will create a systemic relief to emergency rooms, law enforcement officers and human services providers who currently have limited resources for getting acute psychiatric care to community members,” West said.
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.
The grant from the Denver Foundation brings gifts and pledges for the project to 70 percent of a working goal, in turn allowing for construction to begin.
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. For more information about the Building Sanctuary, Rebuilding Lives campaign for the hospital, visit the website located at www.BuildingSanctuary.org.