Local health clinics set to close for summer
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SUMMIT COUNTY – In response to slower off-seasons in the High Country, Centura Health recently decided to temporarily close three of its mountain clinics for the summer – Breckenridge Medical Clinic, Keystone Medical Clinic and St. Anthony 7 Mile Medical Clinic in Granby. The new seasonal schedules will start in late April and early May.
“This decision was based on careful analysis of the community’s needs and the fiscal viability of maintaining year-round operations,” said Robert Harris, president of Centura Health’s Physician Enterprises.
According to Centura Health spokeswoman Wendi Dammann, the seasonal operating schedule will lay off less than 10 year-round, full-time “equivalents” at Breckenridge and Keystone Medical Clinics. The actual number of staff affected is 14, but many of those people were already seasonal and not full-time.
“Clinic managers will be kept on staff in full-time, permanent positions to support one another and enhance planning for seasonal clinic operations,” Dammann said in an e-mail. “Remaining associates will be redeployed throughout the Centura Health network if they choose pending job availability, or be eligible for unemployment benefits. We will look to fully-staff our mountain clinics for the busy winter season and anticipate many returning seasonal staff.”
A Centura Health press release said Breckenridge Medical Clinic will begin major renovations April 22, temporarily transferring patient records and medical equipment to Keystone Medical Clinic. Breckenridge Medical Clinic’s primary care patients will also be sent to High Country Health Care for medical assistance this summer. Even so, Breck’s Peak 8 will be staffed for first-aid care throughout the off-season.
Keystone Medical Clinic is set to shut down for the season this week, while St. Anthony 7 Mile Medical Clinic will close April 21. The 7 Mile Medical Clinic will likely reopen in early June to support Grand County’s bike season.
Dammann said the schedule will be the same as what’s been used at the Copper clinic for the last decade. This summer schedule is however new to Breckenridge, Keystone and Granby.
“There will be a first-aid presence at Breck, and we’re determining possible first-aid hours for Keystone,” Dammann said, noting that more information will be provided to the public as it becomes available.
Shutting down for the summer months became the option of choice for Centura Health because “the mountain clinics experience their highest volumes in the winter season – between December and March – and have experienced a steady decline in volume over the past five years,” said Physician Enterprises chief operating officer Randy Buchnowski in an e-mail.
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