Mind Springs Health’s West Springs expansion receives $250k El Pomar gift | SummitDaily.com

Mind Springs Health’s West Springs expansion receives $250k El Pomar gift

Mind Springs Health, the Western Slope's largest therapy and mental wellness provider, announced a $250,000 gift from the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs for the West Springs Hospital expansion in Grand Junction.

The goal of the Building Sanctuary-Rebuilding Lives initiative is to double the amount of people who West Springs, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, can treat. As the rate of suicide across the Western Slope and in Colorado's mountain communities rises — surpassing national averages — the need for inpatient care grows every day.

The planned expansion will turn West Springs into a state-of-the-art facility with multiple new features, including a dedicated child and adolescent wing, indoor and outdoor recreation spaces and private rooms with private baths and enhanced visiting areas. The El Pomar gift brings current pledges to 60 percent of the campaign's necessary funding, with construction slated for fall 2017 if the goal is reached by summer 2017.

"The generous investment from El Pomar is a humbling example of the importance of community involvement," Roger Sheffield, vice president of development for Mind Springs. "They worked diligently to award three separate grants totaling $250,000, which will greatly help us to provide the best care available to each and every person who needs it."

More information on the Building Sanctuary-Rebuilding Lives campaign, and plans for the new hospital can be found at buildingsanctuary.org.