What if healthcare focused on keeping people healthy instead of waiting to treat people until they are sick? According to Penrose St. Francis Health Services and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, that change would mean lower healthcare costs, more convenient care and most importantly, a healthier community. Because of that, those two organizations, along with developer The Boldt Company, have teamed to begin work on the Tri-Lakes Community Health Village in Monument, Colo.
The Tri-Lakes Community Health Village will include a 50,000-sq.-ft. outpatient facility that will be directly attached to the Tri-Lakes YMCA, which is the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region’s newest location. In addition to the existing services offered at the YMCA Family Center, the Tri-Lakes Community Health Village will include Urgent Care, Primary Care, Rehab, Occupational Medicine, Imaging, a whole host of specialty services, comprehensive wellness services, and a market place in order to keep people healthy and improve their overall quality of life.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with the YMCA to create the next generation of healthcare delivery in the Tri-Lakes area that focuses beyond the walls of our hospitals,” said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, which is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network. “Our innovative health neighborhoods approach is a total solution for consumers, providing optimal healthcare value while setting a new standard of care that Coloradans will come to expect.”
The health village’s model aims to deliver better care by focusing on wellness and prevention to keep people healthy, utilizing evidence-based medicine and best practices and increasing convenience through multiple access points—all within a friendly service environment.
“At the Y, we nurture the potential of children, empower people to lead fuller lives and develop innovative and community-based solutions that unite people from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change,” said Dan Dummermuth, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. “The community health village concept and collaboration with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will strongly deliver on each of our focus areas—youth development, healthy living and social responsibility—and positively impact the Tri-Lakes community with preventive care services.”
The Boldt Company will serve as the owner / developer of the 50,000-sq.-ft. outpatient facility and the new shared lobby. Boldt is not only the developer but also the facilitator of the project and has opened up communication with the YMCA and brought both Penrose and the YMCA to the table in order to get the project off the ground.
“Boldt is extremely excited to be able to partner with such forward thinkers as Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and The YMCA of the Pikes Peaks Region to bring this innovative project to the community. Our partners are writing a new chapter as healthcare transitions from sick care to preventive care, and it is leadership like this that really makes the project fun to be a part of.” said Jake Garro, of The Boldt Company - Development Group.
The health village will feature health information technology and appropriately-trained staff such as health navigators to guide users through the system and customize each person’s needs across a full spectrum of available services. This approach enhances a healthcare provider’s ability to follow patients across the healthcare continuum and treat the whole person, rather than just a medical condition.
This neighborhood approach also encourages people to take care of themselves on a continual basis; the health village will make it easy and convenient to get important checkups and screenings, thereby increasing the chances of early detection and mitigation of significant health issues.
“Our long term vision is to toss out the old convention of only going to the doctor when sick and dealing with the sometimes massive and expensive bureaucracy that comes with hospitals and medical hand-offs,” said Sabin. “It may sound counter intuitive, but as a true healthcare system our goal is to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, utilizing them most appropriately for those life events that require the scale and proportions a hospital can provide—and we are supporting that goal by investing in programs and services such as the community health village to keep people healthy.”
The Tri-Lakes Community Health Village will be located between I-25 and Jackson Parkway in Monument, CO. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by fall of 2014.
ABOUT PENROSE-ST. FRANCIS HEALTH SERVICES www.penrosestfrancis.org
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health’s integrated network which includes 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life® Colorado, 17 health neighborhoods and home care and hospice services. More than 16,200 of the best hearts and minds in medicine, along with over 6,000 physician partners, have access to the most technologically advanced tools available. For consumers, this means the top expertise and technology is right where you need it – close to where you are. We reach beyond hospital walls to connect with people at every stage of life to bring them life-enriching compassion and life-affirming hope; Connections that only Centura Health can make. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit www.penrosestfrancis.org.
ABOUT THE YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION www.ppymca.org
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region was founded in 1878 and operates ten YMCA Family Centers, four outdoor aquatic facilities, a year-round overnight camp and programs in five school districts. In 2012, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region awarded $1,487,412 in financial assistance for children, families and seniors to access much needed YMCA programs and services.
ABOUT THE BOLDT COMPANY www.boldt.com
The Boldt Company, headquartered in Wisconsin, has 15 offices throughout the United States and is one of the leading healthcare real estate development and construction services firms in the country.