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Construction at the new Outpatient Pavilion at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has been moving along about as planned, and efforts continue to add new medical care service providers. The new completion date estimate for the Outpatient Pavilion has been moved to April 1, because of a previously announced delay of an electrical switch system, according to CEO Bob Morasko, and Facilities Manager Dan Christianson.

Staff got a tour of the interior of the new HRRMC Outpatient Pavilion in December. Photo by Dan Smith.

The interior design for the pavilion was completed several months ago, and some staff members have been touring the spaces as the construction schedule allows. An Ark Valley Voice reporter toured some of the first floor construction area in December.

Vice president of Business Development Peter Edis also stated that the Departments which will move into the completed pavilion include; an Allergy Clinic, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Gynecology, Internal Medicine, neurology, Orthopedic Center of Excellence, Pain Management, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Services, Urology and Wellness. A spokesperson also noted there will be a pharmacy in the new pavilion.

About 38 staff and 26 medical providers will be moving from their present offices at the HRRMC medical clinics located along Highway 50. Also moving will be the ENT Clinic, currently housed in the same building as Dr. Wentz’s practice, and the hospital-based Specialty Clinic.

While construction moves apace with the Outpatient Pavilion at HRRMC, the administration is continuing planning and negotiations with various medical service providers as well as planning for exterior features. These include recreational vehicle parking spaces on the HRRMC campus, an exercise trail and many others.

The completion of the new HRRMC Outpatient Pavillion has shifted to April 1.

In other December HRRMC board action, Solvista Health made a presentation to board members. The four-county health resource has a 50-year history providing services from primary care to mental health, addiction recovery, 24-hour crisis services and community healthy lifestyle services.

Solvista has an interest in purchasing a lot for construction on the campus. It’s also interested in leasing space in the Highway 50 clinic while building on the lot, after other HRRMC staff members have relocated to the Outpatient Pavilion.

Solvista COO and LPC Chief Clinical Officer for Chaffee and Lake Counties Mandy Kaisner, outlined the spectrum of services it provides, including primary care in an integrated setting with mental health, behavioral health and wellness components.

Kaisner said their need for more office space locally is obvious and the organization is working with community stakeholders to assess community needs that will determine what type of facility will be designed.

We would really like to see not only our current facility be able to expand and grow because the need is there, we’d also like to have other types of innovative practices there as well; so that’s really what we’re researching right now and assessing the need for. We really want to build a state-of-the-art behavioral health facility, because we see that campus as a regional facility for people to access care,” she said.

The HRRMC facility would be the Solvista headquarters for Chaffee County. The organization provides care for ever-increasing needs in the four-county service area including Fremont, Chaffee, Lake and Custer Counties.

Kaisner said the new pavilion expansion will represent a real advantage for the Salida community into the future “…and to be able to access a ton of different specialty care services on one campus – that’s the beauty of it…. it’s exciting to be a part of it,” she added.