Blazing a trail means “marking a new beginning.” In 2014 Marillac Clinic’s new beginnings were rather seismic. We opened a brand new site co-located with the Mesa County Health Department and made the momentous decision to pursue becoming a Federally-Qualified Community Health Center (CHC). In addition to submitting the comprehensive CHC applica- tion, new board members, including patient members, were seated; a full time Quality Manager was hired; and a dynamic new Chief Medical Officer arrived on the scene with vision, positivity and passion!
Please read all about Marillac's Trail Blazing in our Annual Report.
Community Health Center Week was a busy time for the Marillac Clinic!
The Daily Sentinel ran two articles about the Marillac Clinic this week:
- Help on the way, Critically understaffed Marillac hires 5 new doctors, expects more to come.
- Marillac expansion a win for everyone
KREX TV broadcast the news story:
The Mesa County Commissioners meeting this morning presented the Proclamation for Community Health Center Week in Mesa County. Receiving proclamation: John Whiteside, MD, Chief Medical Officer – Marillac Clinic and Kay Ramachandran, Executive Director, with Commissioner John Justman.
Colorado’s Newest Community Health Center Welcomed to CCHN
Board Votes Unanimously to Make Marillac Clinic a Member
Denver, Colo.—The Colorado Community Health Network Board of Directors voted unanimously at their meeting today to welcome Marillac Clinic as CCHN’s newest member. Marillac, located in Grand Junction since 1988, was newly designated as a federally qualified Community Health Center (CHC) in May 2015.
As a federally qualified CHC, Marillac received a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care that will help Marillac expand to care for as many as 12,600 patients, up from the current 6,800. The grant will also help Marillac to serve patients from birth to death, an expansion from previously serving only patients 18 to 64 years old. Grand Junction community leaders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, and St. Mary’s Hospital, founded Marillac over 27 years ago to deliver medical services to uninsured people, using a small staff and many volunteer providers. Today, Marillac provides not only primary medical services but also mental health, dental, and optical services.
“We are thrilled with Marillac Clinic’s designation as a federally qualified Community Health Center. Their model of care and approach to serving patients is a great fit for the CHC model, and Marillac has done inspiring work for years for the residents of Mesa County,” said Annette Kowal, president and chief executive officer of CCHN, the association of Colorado Community Health Centers.
“This year is the 50th anniversary of the Community Health Center program. Like many of Colorado’s other Community Health Centers, Marillac has been providing high quality primary health care to people who would not otherwise have had access to it. We have partnered with Marillac in many ways over the years and were happy to work with them as they explored the Community Health Center model. We look forward to working with them as the Community Health Center movement moves forward.”
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To learn more about Marillac Clinic, please visit https://marillacclinic.org/, or contact Kristy Schmidt, Community & Donor Relations Director, (970) 298-2877.
To interview Ms. Kowal, please contact Maureen Maxwell at (303) 861-5165, ext. 259, cell 303-913-9078.
The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) is the unified voice for Colorado’s 19 Community Health Centers (CHCs) and their patients. CHCs provide a health care home for more than 650,000 of their community members – more than one in eight people in Colorado - from 61 of the state’s 64 counties. Without CHCs, hundreds of thousands of Colorado’s low-income families and individuals would have no regular source of health care. CCHN’s mission is to increase access to high quality health care for people in need in Colorado. For more information about CCHN, please visit www.cchn.org.
Marillac Clinic RN’s, Sarah Smith and Kathleen Wilson, spent some time in May with Keyes and Dave at the KEKB studio talking to the listeners during Blood Pressure Awareness Month.
Sarah and Kathleen were taking blood pressure readings for the radio station staff and talking on air about High Blood Pressure… signs, symptoms and treatment.
The Daily Sentinel front page story describes our expansion plans and the grants we received as a result of our Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status.
A year of planning culminated in success for Wine Country Inn’s Edesia culinary, wine and spirits event on Sunday, March 29. The annual celebration, which acts as a fundraiser for Grand Junction’s Marillac Clinic, brought in $23,000 for the healthcare organization.
Read more at the Free Press
Mar 29, 2015
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
|Where||Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Dr., Palisade, CO|
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- Reservations at: www.EdesiaPalisade.com
- Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11am to 1pm
- Prepared by celebrity chefs
- exclusive event, limited seating
- One-on-one interaction with chefs
- Chef-paired wines with cuisine
- $125 per person
- $950 for table of 8
- Must be 21 or older to attend
Chef Jesper Jonsson Will Lead Edesia Culinary Stars
Jesper Jonsson, Chef Educator at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, will be the headliner for the 2015 Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure on Sunday, March 29, at Wine Country Inn. He will create and prepare the menu for the VIP luncheon and participate in chef demonstrations.
Recently inducted as an Escoffier Disciple, Chef Jonsson’s background and training make him a natural leader for the Edesia team of Celebrity Chefs who will be demonstrating their culinary skills at Edesia this year. Before joining the Escoffier educator staff in Boulder, Jonsson was Executive Chef at Randolphs, Warwick Hotel in Denver.
“We are excited to have Chef Jonsson spearhead our culinary activities this year,” says Jack Ballenger, Food & Beverage Manager for Wine Country Inn. “I think the VIP luncheon will feature high end classical French Cuisine. Guests are in for a real treat.”
A native of Denmark, Jonsson trained in France at both Universite Paul Valery and Auguste Escoffier. With a solid background in French cuisine, he moved on to cook in Europe, New York and eventually Colorado for Danish diplomats, royalty, heads of state, captains of industry and a variety of film and sports celebrities. His guest lists have included such luminaries as Princesses Stephanie and Caroline of Monaco, Caroline Kennedy, Yoko Ono, Isabella Rossellini, Clint Eastwood, Roger Moore and Greg Norman, to name a few.
He speaks English, Danish and French. In a pinch, he can handle Italian as well.
With all his exposure, Jonsson is a down-to earth chef who takes pride in culinary simplicity, knowledge and perfect execution of his food. He has a love for Colorado game and meats and insists that Colorado lamb as absolutely equal to the best pres de sel from Brittany, France.
He comes by his love for Colorado from having lived and worked on the Western Slope and owned a popular restaurant in Meeker. Chef Jonsson has participated in Edesia for several years.
Joining Jonsson are Josh Niernberg, Executive Chef/Owner, Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction; Graham Mitchell, Executive Chef, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Boulder and Tronette Alexander, Pastry Chef, Wine Country Inn.
Tickets for the VIP Luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm cost $125 per person are limited and will be sold on a first come, first reserved basis, either online or in person at the Inn. The VIP ticket also will admit a guest to the main event from 1 to 5 pm.
General admission tickets for Edesia, which will be hosted from 1 to 5 pm, on Sunday, March
29, cost $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.edesiapalisade.com, on Grand Valley
Magazine’s website at www.gvcatalog.com or in person at Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Vendors are encouraged to register as soon as possible as booth space is limited For more information, call 970-464- 5777.
Edesia, which benefits Marillac Clinic, is named for the Roman Goddess of fine food and drink. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor, while Remy Martin, the French champagne and spirits giant, is principal title sponsor.
Other major sponsors include the Grand Junction Free Press, KKCO 11 News, Magic 93.1, The Vault 100.7, Grand Valley Magazine, Shamrock Foods, FCI Constructors, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Peczuh Printing, Dalby Wendland, Suzi Productions, Eagle River Associates, the Town of Palisade, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Wine Country Inn.
August 4, 2014
In an effort to celebrate, support and advocate for Colorado's health care safety net, Marillac Clinic, in partnership with ClinicNET and the Colorado Rural Health Center, is participating in the 5th annual Colorado Safety Net Clinic Week.
Brad Webb, Candidate for House District 54, visiting Marillac Clinic Palisade during Safety Net Week
Every year, Colorado’s Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) provide an estimated 878,000 visits to approximately 332,000 Colorado residents, many in rural and underserved parts of our state. The clinics primarily serve low income, vulnerable, at-risk Coloradans who are uninsured, underinsured or insured through public programs like Medicare, Medicaid or subsidized health plans purchased through Connect for Health Colorado. CSNCs and RHCs do not receive any supplemental federal funding to provide services to uninsured or underinsured patients. Marillac Clinic sees patients who are uninsured, underinsured, publicly insured such as Medicaid and CHP+ and limited private insurance here in Mesa County. Safety net clinics, including Marillac Clinic, need the support of the community as well as local, state and national leaders to meet the current and changing health care needs of the residents of our community.
During this time of such rapid change in health care in Colorado, the significance of supporting health care safety net clinics cannot be overstated. If you are interested in learning more about our mission and model, the patients we serve, our successes and challenges and our unique role in the community please reach out to our Development Staff at 970-298-2877.
Marillac Clinic was established in 1988 and has grown into a comprehensive health care facility in Mesa County. In 2013, Marillac served over 23,000 visits to approximately 6,000 unduplicated individuals in our medical, mental health, dental and optical programs.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to a long relationship in serving our community.
Mar 30, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Wine Country Inn: 777 Grande River Dr Palisade|
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• Culinary Feast
• Wine, Beer, Spirits
• Celebrity Chef Demos
• Shuttle Service
• Live Music
NEW this year, VIP Luncheon, 11-1
$125 ticket for both Luncheon & Full Event for the Afternoon (note: people can buy either the $125 which includes lunch too or just the $75 for the afternoon).
Buy Tickets Online at Edesia Palisade today!
Nov 20, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||Mesa Community Center 48973 KE Road Mesa CO 81643|
|Contact Name||Scott Beilfuss|
|Contact Phone||(970) 250-2838|
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Connect for Health Colorado
A New Way to Shop for Health Insurance
Sponsored by Hilltop of Grand Junction
Attend the informative event at the Mesa Community Center for clear and concise information about our new insurance options for healthcare. Scott Beilfuss is there on behalf of Hilltop and will work with individual residents from 3pm - 6pm followed by a group presentation with PowerPoint and handouts from 6pm to 6:45pm.
- Clinic welcomes new Medical Director
- Care Teams are taking integrated care to the next level
- A Fond Farewell to physician's assistant John Cain
- Marillac’s new Pediatric Dental Clinic answers a pressing need
- The Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Assistance Program helps low-income older patients access much needed dental care.
- Welcome Justin Van Dusen!
- Local artist just one of thousands of our deserving neighbors whose lives are changed by Marillac Clinic each year
- This Holiday season, you can give a gift that reflects your caring spirit and honors that same spirit in a loved one or a friend...
- Earn an easy tax credit
- Making a gift to Marillac can make you happier!
- Creative ways to support Marillac
- Marillac Clinic receives grant funding from two major Colorado foundations
Sep 21, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||The Botanical Gardens: 7th Street & Struthers Avenue|
|Contact Name||Kristy Schmidt|
|Contact Phone||(970) 298-6313|
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Celebrate Marillac's 25th Anniversary!
A free fun-filled, full-moon evening!
Free Concert! Jeff Pine • Flat Top Reed
25th Anniversary Celebration Partners
In an effort to raise awareness of Colorado's health care safety net providers, MARILLAC CLINIC is participating in the fourth annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 19-23, 2013. Sponsored by ClinicNET & the Colorado Rural Health Center, the week is devoted to educating the public and policy makers about these vitally important health care clinics - Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and federally certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
There are currently 45 identified CSNCs, including MARILLAC CLINIC in Colorado; they are free clinics, community clinics, residency clinics, and select private practices. They provide health care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents. Colorado has 50 federally certified RHCs that provide health care in some of the most rural and remote areas of Colorado. Annually, these clinics collectively provide an estimated 750,000 visits to approximately 300,000 patients.
Interested in learning more about Colorado’s health care safety net and Safety Net Clinic Week 2013? Contact Kristy Schmidt, Community & Donor Relations Director at Marillac Clinic, 298-2877 or Kristy.email@example.com.
July 1, 2013
For Immediate Release
Beginning July 10th, Marillac Clinic and Primary Care Partners will join together to offer pediatric dental services.
Dr. Kate Hart, a pediatric dentist with Marillac Clinic for the past 5 years, will begin seeing patients at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates’ offices at 3150 N. 12th Street. The pediatric practice is a division of Primary Care Partners.
Uninsured patients, as well as those with Medicaid, CHP+, or Delta Dental will be accepted.
“Dental cavities are the most common chronic medical disease for children, 5 times more common than asthma,” said Dr. Mary Willy, pediatrician at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates.
Nearly half of all children have cavities by the time they enter kindergarten, resulting in many hours lost of school absence. Early access to dental care has been found to reduce dental expenses by 40% if dental care is sought between ages 1 and 2 years.
“The providers at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates are excited to announce the next step in providing an all-inclusive medical home to their patients and to all children in the community,” said Dr. Willy.
Appointments will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Marillac Dental Clinic at 298-6320.
Contact: Kristy Schmidt, Marillac Clinic, at 298-2877; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:30 pm
EVENT: Marillac Clinic Pediatric Dental Services – New Location
LOCATION: 3150 N. 12th Street, Primary Care Partners Facility – East Entrance
Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting with GJ Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of Marillac Clinic’s Pediatric Dental Services second location. Marillac Clinic and Primary Care Partners have joined together to offer pediatric dental care on site at the PCP location, 3150 N. 12th Street. Dr. Kate Hart, pediatric dentist with Marillac Clinic can now see patients at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates’ offices, a division of Primary Care Partners.
“Dental cavities are the most common chronic medical disease for children, 5 times more common than asthma,” said Dr. Mary Willy, pediatrician at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates. Nearly half of all children have cavities by the time they enter kindergarten, resulting in many hours of school absence. Early access to dental care is important in developing good oral health habits. “The providers at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates are excited to announce the next step in providing an all-inclusive medical home to their patients and to all children in the community,” said Dr. Willy.
Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call Marillac Dental Clinic at 298-6320 to schedule appointments.
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Dear Friends and Supporters of Marillac Clinic:
The year 2012 marked our 24th year of uninterrupted service to the Grand Junction community. Since our inception in 1988, the Clinic has provided affordable healthcare services to Mesa County’s low-to-middle income uninsured and under insured residents. As you may know, the services we offer include primary medical integrated with behavioral health, dental, optical and medication assistance. It is truly a "one-stop shop" of integrated services with a focus on providing quality outcomes for all of our patients.
- Get to know our new Executive Director Kay Ramachandran
- Learn about our board of Directors and our 2012 fundraising accomplishments
- We have a new Interim Medical Director
- We celebrate our volunteers
- What are the events planned for our 25th Anniversary Year
- A note about Donations and the Enterprise Tax Zone Credits
- Update on our Pediatrician
- Marillac helps out with the challenges of old age
Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure has raised $20,000 to benefit Marillac Clinic, according to Joe Scanlon, Wine Country Inn General Manager, who coordinated the event. That amount is nearly a $4,000 increase over last year’s donation of $16,200, he says. A check will be presented to Marillac’s Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 24.
Alpine Bank was Presenting Sponsor for Edesia on March 24. An estimated 400-plus guests sampled delicacies prepared by local chefs, outstanding wines from Colorado vintners and an upscale array of spirits brought in by Title Sponsor Remy Cointreau, the American subsidiary of international champagne and spirits giant Remy Martin. Local breweries and distillers also presented their products.
Decked out in flowing toga with a garland of gold leaves crowning her long hair, Edesia the Roman Goddess of wine and food, directed guests into the maze of food and wine vendors who lined the lobby, halls, public rooms and adjacent areas of the host Inn. Edesia was portrayed by Sheena Lange, a Wine Country Inn employee.
Also drawing attention in his authentic kilt and gear, Buz Dabkowski, the colorful “Ambassador” for Macallan Single Malt Whiskey, poured samples and answered questions for guests. Remy Contreau brought him to town for the event.
Live music in the lobby was provided by Randy Fosburgh and Mike Gazdak, while Steve Williams and Miss Emily entertained in the Vineyard Ballroom.
The three celebrity chefs, who alternated demonstrating their skills in the Club Rooms of the Vintner’s House, were a big hit. Jean Claude Cavalera, Executive Chef of Randolph’s at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, prepared Ratatouille and Steak au Poivre, while popular Aspen Chef Glenn Smith cooked Braised Pork and Pineapple Mole. Theo Otte, Executive Chef and Owner of 626 on Rood, offered Sunchokes presented “Two Ways” with Asparagus and Porcini.
“We are thrilled with the success of Edesia, but we could not have done it without the hard work of our WCI staff and volunteers or the financial, goods and services support of our sponsors. The excellent donations of food by our chefs, as well as wines from vintners and spirits brought in by Remy Cointreau, took the event to another level,” Scanlon emphasizes.
“As a result of everyone’s generosity of time, talent and goods, we are able once again to contribute a significant amount of money to help a lot of Marillac patients.”
Scanlon says his team has already started working on Edesia 2014, having secured the continuing support of Alpine Bank and several other sponsors. The trio of chefs also expressed interest in coming back next year.
Actively pursuing outstanding chefs and restaurants from Denver to the Utah border, Scanlon is committed to establishing Edesia as the premier food and wine exposition on the Western Slope. To that end, he has authorized capitol improvements that will enhance the physical set up for next year.
“It’s not to early to sign up as a sponsor or vendor.Check our website www.edesiapalisade.com to download the proper paperwork and to check out our photos from Edesia 2013,” Scanlon urges. “And while you are visiting the site, mark your calendars to join us in March 2014.”
Photo Opportunity: CheckPresentation,Wednesday, April24,3:45pm,MarillacClinicHQ
Press Contacts: Jean Tally or Joe Scanlon, Wine Country Inn, 970-464-5777
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A clinic that provides a variety of medical care to all residents including children is celebrating 25 years in Mesa County.
One of the areas Marillac Clinic specializes in is dental care, which according to recent reports, remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children.
“I went into a surgery because my teeth were really messed up,” said Hannah Braden, who before being adopted, didn't always have such a great smile.
Partner in Excellence
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Partners in Caring Spirit
Community Hospital * Enstrom Candies * KJCT News 8 * Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Partners in Integrity
The Daily Sentinel * FCI Constructors, Inc. * Primary Care Partners * Townsquare Media * Vectra Bank Colorado * WPX Energy
Partners in Stewardship
Active Insurance Solutions * The Business Times * Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory * designKiln * Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis & Co., PC, * Rod & Nina Christ * Endoscopy Center of Western Colorado, Dr Masi Khaja * Family Health West * Wells Fargo Bank
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IN 2013
January: Kick Off Breakfast and Memorial
February: 3rd Annual Gifts from the Heart - Gourmet Cupcakes for Valentine's Day * 6th Annual Gaglione Sausage Making Party
March: 3rd Annual Edesia, Culinary Adventure sponsored by Wine Country Inn, a benefit for Marillac Clinic
May: May 4th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, DoubleTree by Hilton
June - September: Farmer's Market, downtown Grand Junction & Farmworker / Palisade BBQ
September 21: Moonlight Walk. Free. Join us at Botanical Gardens for a walk along the riverfront trail under the full moon.
CALL 298-6313 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF OUR EVENTS IN 2013
May 4, 2013
Featuring nationally known guest speaker, Vallie Collins!
Thank you to all who attended and supported our 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner!
Substantive reform is the dominant topic in America’s current health care conversation. Regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stands, health care professionals and economists across the country acknowledge the current fee-for-service system is unsustainable. The good news is that Mesa County remains an outstanding example of what is working, as evidenced in the recent PBS documentary screened at St Mary’s Hospital last February.
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In an effort to raise awareness of Colorado's health care safety net providers, Marillac Clinic, in partnership with ClinicNET and the Colorado Rural Health Center, is recognizing August 20-24 as the third annual Colorado Safety Net Clinic Week. Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics (CSNC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) include 88 clinics in 33 counties throughout Colorado.
Annually, Colorado’s CSNCs and RHCs provide an estimated 750,000 visits to 300,000 Colorado residents, many in rural parts of our state. CSNCs and RHCs do not receive any supplemental federal funding to provide these services to uninsured or underinsured patients we serve.
In 2011, Marillac Clinic provided 24,513 visits to 6,840 patients in our medical, mental health, dental, optical and medication assistance programs. We have over 90 staff members and volunteers who do a variety of work at our clinics in Grand Junction and Palisade, as well as over 1,000 donors, whose generosity allows us to serve the most poor and vulnerable members of our community. We would like to say thank you to all of them for their contributions to our mission.
Safety net clinics, including Marillac, rely on the support of the community as well as local, state and national leaders, to meet the growing health care needs of the residents of the Mesa County. We encourage you to let our leaders know that you value Marillac’s work, and please consider making a donation to support this important resource in our community.
Steve’s eight years of leadership as Executive Director has seen the Clinic grow and thrive in its mission to serve our community.
Our heartfelt thanks and best wishes go out to a true friend of the Clinic!
777 Grande River Drive
Palisade, CO 81526
Rémy Martin is Presenting Sponsor of Edesia 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International spirits giant Rémy Martin will be the presenting sponsor of Edesia, a Palisade Culinary, Wine and Spirits Adventure, on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Wine Country Inn in Palisade.
Best known for its award winning champagne cognacs, Rémy Martin also produces a variety of other premium beverage products. Rémy Cointreau USA, the American branch of the French parent company, will showcase Piper-Sonoma brands of sparkling and still wines and top-rated The Mccallan Scotch malt whiskey.
“We are excited to have such a prestigious company whose products are known world-wide join us in presenting Edesia,” says Jerome Strack, General Manager of the Inn. “Their presence will take Edesia to a whole new level and offer wines and spirits that will compliment those that are produced locally.”
Named for the Roman goddess of fine food and wine, Edesia will feature food prepared by invited chefs and beverages poured by Rémy Martin and Colorado wineries.
Benefiting Marillac Clinic, the food, wine and spirits expo offers several levels of sponsorship. Already on board for this year’s event are these sponsors: The Daily Sentinel, KKCO-NBC 11 News, 92.3 The Vault and 93.1 Magic FM, FCI Constructors, US Foodservice, Colorado National Bank, US Bank, RSW Partners, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Dalby Wendland & Co, PC, Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa (Moab, UT) and Wine Country Inn.
Restaurants and food vendors’ participation is by invitation only and is coordinated by Joe Scanlon, WCI Operations Manager. To date restaurants who have committed are La Rouge, Il Bistro, Red Rose Cafe, Bin 707, Tapestry Lounge, The Cowboy and the Rose Caterers, Inari’s, Decadence Cheesecake, Wild West Steaks & Seafood at Crossroads Wine & Spirits, Berna Bees. Pantuso’s, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and Gelato Junction.
Wineries to pour their wines include Grande River Vineyards, Talon Brands, Colterris, Carlson, DeBeque Canyon, Maison La Belle Vie, Whitewater Hill and Mesa Park.
“Because there is such an explosion of interest in food and wine pairings, we expect a larger number of guests this year, ” observes Strack, who is coordinating the expo. “Our guest vendors will present only their best because they are showcasing their own culinary skills, fine wines and spirits.”
He points out that the $49 price per person for a ticket is well below what similar expositions command. The organizers, who are donating goods and services, are hoping to raise significant funds for Marillac Clinic.
“It is a great cause, and an enjoyable way to sample the best food and wine available. Last year we were happy to present Marillac Clinic a $7,000 check. We hope that amount will be much larger this year, ” he adds.
A popular feature of Edesia last year was the hourly food demonstrations by an invited celebrity chef. The identity of this year’s guest chef, who will be demonstrating his culinary skills in the downstairs Club Room of the Vintner’s House, will be announced in the near future.
Tickets, priced at $49 per person, will be on sale at Wine Country Inn or through the Edesia website: www.edesiapalisade.com.
Strack said the participants listed were early responders and that there was still time to sign up. Prospective sponsors can contact Strack at the Inn for more information at 970-464-5777.
Wine Country Inn
Piper-Sonoma and The Macallan
Piper-Sonoma draws on the long history and expertise of its French predecessor, Piper-Heidsieck, a premier maker of fine Champagne, to produce its sparkling wines. Founded in 1980, Piper-Sonoma produces sparkling wines in the same traditional methode champenoise technique as classic French champagne, but with personality and style that is “pure California. “
Winemaker Raphael Bribes uses select Chardonnay grapes, mainly from the Russian River Valley, to produce Brut sparkling and Blanc de Blancs wines, both of which have medaled consistently since the brand was established.
While the Piper-Sonoma Wine brand is young, The McAllen single malt whiskey label has a long, illustrious history. It has been distilled in Speyside, Scotland, near Easter Elchies House on the River Spey since 1824.
Originally, The Macallan was matured in oak sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. The distiller explains that aging in sherry casks enhances the color of the scotch. The original scotch is generally distributed in 12-year old or 18-year-old bottles although older, more expensive 25, 30 and 60-year old scotches are also available.
Since 2004, however, the company has also aged the whiskey in American bourbon oak casks, producing unique choices for customers. Today there are several selections of the Fine Oak aged scotch.
Many rare, special releases and other small production run bottlings also exist. For example, a 1926 bottle of The Macallan was sold by Christie’s at auction in 2007 for $54,000. Then in 2010 Sotheby’s in New York sold at auction a 64-year old The Macallan single malt in a one of a kind Lalique crystal decanter for $460,000.
Proceeds were donated to a charity that helps developing countries provide clean drinking water for their citizens.
In 2011, the Clinic expanded and renewed its commitment by adding evening hours one night a week at our GJ clinic and, for the first time ever, adding a dental clinic one day a month in Palisade! Our mission is to serve the poor, and we have carried that mission forward through good times and bad for over 23 years.
9 AM TO 2PM LINCOLN PARK BARN
(South of North Avenue on 12th Street)
- Dental Screenings
- Vision Screenings
- Diabetes Screenings
- Blood Pressure Screenings
- Lots of Health & Information booths including info on all flu vaccines
- Food and nutrition
- Children's activities and books
- Spanish language interpreters and more
ON-SITE MARILLAC CLINIC ELIGIBILITY!
You may Qualify!
Greetings from Steve!
As most of you know, I suffered a nearly fatal heart attack while I was in Atlanta last January. Without a single warning, my life changed dramatically. I transitioned from excellent health to a highly vulnerable person, totally dependent on health care providers who were brand new faces for me.
After several months of working hard in cardiac rehab, my heart has gotten stronger. In mid-August, my physician cleared me to work twenty hours a week. God truly blessed me in providing me the resources I needed to stay alive and return to the community I love. Thank you for all your prayers and support you offered on my behalf.
When I sought services from new health care providers in Atlanta, I quickly realized how fortunate I am to have adequate health insurance. Every provider’s office asked me for my insurance carrier at the very beginning of the conversation. I wondered to myself, “What if I were uninsured? Would the provider agree to see me? Could I have afforded to participate in cardiac rehab?”
My patient experience added immensely to my gratitude for living in Mesa County. For the past 23 years, our community has responded to the needs of the uninsured by organizing a comprehensive system that strives to provide high quality health care for all of our residents. If my heart attack occurred in Grand Junction, I know I would receive the care I needed regardless of my insurance status.
I’m proud that nearly all Marillac patients pay a portion of the cost of their care. Presently, patients provide over 20% of the revenue Marillac receives. Staff works hard to secure another 20% of our revenue from grants and foundations.
What has made Marillac successful is the continuity of the financial support that you and other like-minded people provide to Marillac. All of our donors share a passion to help those among us who have few economic resources to pay the cost of their health care.
Marillac now faces a stiff challenge. The long recession in our country directly impacts Marillac’s ability to provide timely service. Staff has responded by extending Clinic hours to 6 pm so patients do not have to miss work. Our dental clinic is open until 8 pm one evening per week. We also added dental services to our Palisade site. However, this does not adequately meet the demand for our services.
Prior to the recession, the state of Colorado provided nearly 16% of our revenue. Due to our high unemployment rate, the number of patients waiting to receive care grows daily. I am sad to inform you that dramatic cuts from the state have resulted in Marillac resorting to a waiting list. Currently, new patients wait nearly six weeks before they can be seen. We needed to reduce the number of same-day appointments, and Marillac now refers some urgent care needs to our community’s emergency rooms rather than in a less expensive clinic setting.
I am appealing for your help to re-establish the momentum that we achieved prior to the recession. Please consider making a larger donation to Marillac and making your contribution earlier than you usually do.
I’m distressed that I need to ask our generous, giving community for additional assistance now. However, our diminished state revenue has resulted in the need for Marillac to seek immediate local financial support. Our staff still continues to aggressively seek additional support from grants and foundations. I pledge our staff will be good stewards of your donation.
Times like these define who we are. Our community is one where neighbors help neighbors during difficult times. We have survived downward economic cycles before, and we became stronger as a result.
In May Marillac obtained the Colorado Enterprise Zone designation, so your contribution may result in a tax credit on your Colorado income tax. If you have any questions regarding your donation, please contact our donor relations specialist, Claudia Crowell, at 298-2234.
Thank you for your generosity.
Steve Hurd, Ph.D.
WHEN YOU GIVE TO MARILLAC YOU BECOME PART OF A TRADITION THAT IS EASING PAIN, CREATING HOPE AND CHANGING LIVES. YOU CAN SEE IT EVERY DAY!
WE KNOW THESE ARE DIFFICULT TIMES FOR A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE VALLEY, BUT IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING SOME OF YOUR GOOD FORTUNE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. IT MAKES SUCH AN IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY RIGHT HERE AT HOME.
Marillac Clinic welcomes underserved people and provides compassionate, innovative, and essential health care.
Marillac Clinic takes a leadership role to promote access to quality health care for all.
May 2011 marked the 23rd anniversary of Marillac Clinic
It's a great time to reflect on why and how we began, grew and evolved over the years to the comprehensive and integrated, community-funded safety net clinic we know today.
Our mission has remained constant... to prioritize the poor and the vulnerable people living among us and through our vision... to provide compassionate, innovative and essential health care.
Photo ID: Left to right, Judy Hegge, Kristy Schmidt, Jerome Strack, Juliann Adams and Claudia Crowell.
777 Grande River Drive
Palisade, CO 81526
Edesia Donates $7,000 to Marillac Clinic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Palisade, CO, April 8: Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure raised $7,000 for Marillac Clinic at its inaugural event on March 20 at the Wine Country Inn.
Edesia Chair Jerome Strack and Juliann Adams, both of Wine Country Inn, presented a check for $7,000 to Marillac representatives Judy Hegge, Kristy Schmidt and Claudia Crowell this week.
Edesia, which was named after the Roman goddess of wine and fine food, was sponsored by US Bank, the Daily Sentinel, NBC 11 News, the Vault 92.3, US Foodservice, Peczuh Printers, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service Ltd, FCI Constructors and Wine Country Inn. Local chefs, restaurants, wineries and spirits companies donated goods and services for the event.
“We are extremely pleased and grateful to all our participants and guests who made our first Edesia successful,” Strack said. “We’re looking forward to 2012 with every expectation of being more successful in raising funding for Marillac Clinic. “
He said organizers have already scheduled March 18 at Wine Country Inn for Edesia: 2012.
Jean Tally Wine Country Inn
This Valentine’s Day do something sweet for yourself or
someone you care about! Gourmet cupcakes are the
perfect way to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!...
and your purchase will benefit the mission of Marillac Clinic
right here in our community!
Each beautifully packaged box contains four gourmet cupcakes:
Red Velvet, Chocolate Supreme, Lavendar Raspberry, and Pink Lemonade
lovingly prepared by Ava Sweet Cakes.
TO ORDER BY PHONE OR
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 298-6313
LAST DATE TO ORDER:
MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011
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S P O N S O R E D B Y
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The Business Times • Cumulus Radio • KJCT News 8 • The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Molly McGrath at Mesa State Art Dept. • Ava Sweet Cakes at the Business Incubator
Every day, people from all walks of life find hope and compassion at Marillac Clinic! These are your neighbors. They are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.
Most come from hard-working families. Some are between jobs. Some are old and some are young. All are deserving of our compassion. When you donate to Marillac Clinic, your gift will be going to a local organization with an unparalleled record of responsible stewardship. Marillac is a true patient-centered medical home that serves thousands of families in need right here in Mesa County.
You may currently have health insurance. If you do, you are indeed fortunate. But try to imagine just for a moment what your life might be like without it. Most of us are just a layoff away from becoming uninsured.
Every year, more and more people find themselves unable to access or afford basic health insurance or health care. This year, Marillac has devoted special attention to unmet dental health needs in our community. It’s a growing national problem that we’re working hard to address with innovative and pro-active programs.
Marillac is a unique local response to a growing national problem.
If you are a long time supporter of the Clinic, you can be proud of what you have helped to create. If you are just learning about Marillac, welcome! We are honored to be in our 23rd year of service to our community. While much has changed during those years, and more changes are coming, one thing remains constant – our commitment to provide quality, affordable health care to the uninsured and the underserved . Our mission directs us to prioritize our care to the poor or vulnerable among us. That will never change!
As you consider your end-of-year giving, we hope you'll think of Marillac and the thousands of people who turn to us every year! Best wishes for a blessed holiday season!
Steve Hurd, Ph.D.
P.S. Over the holidays, we often wish we could to do something special for others as a way to bring the deeper meaning of the season a little closer to home. Your gift right here in your community could mean the world to a less fortunate neighbor.
In 1991, Marillac took the bold and innovative step of adding dental care to better serve the families of our community. In doing so, the Clinic became one of the very few community clinics in the country to offer dental services to its patients.
Marillac Clinic Partners with Local Physicians to Administer the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program
Colorado Colorectal Screening Program is a statewide program that partners with community clinics, their screening partners and their treatment partners to provide endoscopic colorectal screening services and treatment of colorectal cancer cases diagnosed through the program to the medically underserved. In addition, the Program promotes colorectal screening awareness to Coloradans age 50 and older.
Locally, Marillac Clinic has partnered with University of Colorado Cancer Center to administer the Screening Program in Mesa County since 2007. During the past 3 ½ years, Marillac referred over 350 patients for screening colonoscopies through this program.
Program Screening Facts:
♣ The Program has screened over 10,000 patients state-wide since 2006.
♣ Adenomas (those polyps most likely to develop into cancer) are found and removed in approximately 25 % of screens.
♣ One percent of those screened are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Patients eligible for the Program must be:
♣ Lawfully present Colorado residents ages 50 and older (average risk) or those under 50 with personal or family history of colon cancer (elevated risk);
♣ Under 250% Federal Poverty Level;
♣ Uninsured, or the holder of an insurance plan that does not cover ANY costs for endoscopic colorectal screening;
♣ A patient of a clinic that participates in the Program;
♣ Meets the criteria of eligibility for screening under American Cancer Society guidelines.
Colon cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Colon cancer occurs when polyps (abnormal tissue growths in the colon lining) progress into cancer. Not all polyps progress into cancer, but nearly all colon cancers come from polyps. Polyps can be detected by a colonoscopy, a test for the doctor to see inside the entire colon. For the average risk person, the American Cancer Society recommends colonoscopy every ten years starting at age 50. If every Coloradan age 50 or older would be screened for polyps, over half of the deaths from colon cancer could be prevented.
Marillac Clinic is proud to partner with our local specialists and hospitals to screen and treat patients under the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program. Special thanks and recognition to:
Grand Junction Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center
Brent Prosser, MD; Peter Walsh, DO; Steven Seagren, MD; Eugene Crafton, MD
Gastroenterology Associates Center of Western Colorado
Masi Khaja, MD
Surgical Associates of Western Colorado
Brad Baldwin, DO; Andrew Morse, DO; Daniela Schupp, MD; Steven O’Dell, DO
Grand Junction Pathology, The Pathology Group, St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital
For more information on the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program contact Marillac Clinic, Patient Navigator, 298-1782 or visit www.MarillacClinic.org
ONE-DAY BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL EVENT
- $10 Exam/Cleaning for Uninsured Low-Middle Income Mesa County Kids* Ages: Toddler to 18 yrs
- Exams, X-rays
- Cleanings & Fluoride Varnish
- No Cost for Kids with CHP+ and Medicaid
- Providing fun, interactive dental health education & activities
- Free dental kit
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments every 30 minutes
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MARILLAC TODAY!
For Immediate Release
Marillac Clinic participates in new Smile-a-bration Program to expand dental care for Mesa County uninsured children Marillac Clinic announced that it will participate in the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation new iteration of the Smile-a-bration insurance program for children. A collaboration with Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Smile-a-bration program will enable Marillac to offer this new program to provide additional preventive dental care and treatment to more low income and uninsured children. The program allows eligible children up to $1,000 of dental care with no copay. The Foundation allocated a limited number of slots to see children at Marillac Clinic.
Smile-a-bration is a dental insurance program for children 18 years of age and younger from families with low-middle income. Benefits of this program include preventive and diagnostic services, basic restorative services, oral surgery and endodontics. The maximum benefit is $1,000 per person for 12 months or until the $1,000 is expended, whichever happens first. There is no copay requirement. There is an enrollment process, the patient/family must meet the eligibility guidelines of Marillac Clinic.
Now Marillac will expand its existing outreach to uninsured children in the community who would not otherwise be able to afford a visit to the dentist and schedule them for treatment throughout the year.
“We are proud to partner with Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation on this important program,” said Kristy Schmidt, Director of Community and Consumer Relations, of Marillac Clinic. “Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation shares our commitment of preventing dental disease by reaching out to identify and treat those children who simply cannot afford to see a dentist. Some of these children had severe dental problems, having never before seen a dentist. With this funding, we hope this will ease some of the financial burden families face.”
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is devoted to improving oral health in Colorado by funding projects and initiatives that stress prevention and advance the science and practice of dentistry. It is funded solely by Delta Dental of Colorado, the largest and most experienced dental benefits carrier in the state.
For more information on Marillac Clinic's mission and services in Mesa County visit www.MarillacClinic.org
Press contact only: Kristy Schmidt 298-2877
Looking ahead to the good that is yet to be done!
Steve Hurd, Ph.D.
A challenging year
2009 was a challenging year for the Grand Valley, and Marillac Clinic was no exception. Not since the early years of the Clinic have resources been so stretched. As Colorado state government addressed its budget crisis, the state reduced funding to Marillac by nearly $750,000... Read More
Download the full 2009 Annual Report PDF below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marillac Clinic announces celebration to honor volunteers who worked on Remodel project.
May 10, 4:30-6:00 pm at the 602 Bookcliff location.
- light refreshments (punch & cookies)
- presentation of the volunteer community group with a plaque.
In July, 2009, a group of community-minded individuals heard that the Marillac Clinic needed some help in remodeling an acquired building for use by their administrative staff. Over the next several months the group began to grow and coalesce to meet some of Marillac's needs and objectives for the new office space. During this time group leaders, Amanda McQuade and Joe Wharton, obtained the services of a strong general contractor, Duke Cox of Escalante Builders and architectural consulting from Nora Martin of Chamberlin Architects. Both professionals generously provided services at no cost to the clinic.
The 602remodel project is a totally volunteer effort by many local citizens who realize the terrific benefits Marillac Clinic provides to the community, and who have been working in concert with Marillac to remodel this facility at 602 Bookcliff Avenue to house offices, training, and similar efforts for Marillac.
"We needed to transform exam rooms in this building into offices, waiting rooms into meeting/training rooms, and a small bathroom into a more modern, ADA-compliant facility. It was the objective of the 602remodel volunteer organization to complete this remodeling project start to finish, utilizing volunteer labor, volunteer supplied materials, and donated funds." said Kristy Schmidt, Director of Community and Consumer Relations. "We had a general contractor and local architect develop the plans for the remodel. The contractor is a local, dedicated company doing this project at no cost. The team also recruited other skilled professionals as these needs were identified. One of the primary uses of this expanded facility will be training – especially in the area of Electronic Medical Records, which will bring greater efficiencies to the Clinic and our patients. We are really proud to celebrate the completion of this project, and look forward to this event to recognize the incredible generosity of spirit and talent that so many put forth to support the mission of the Clinic."
Press Only Contact:
Director of Community & Consumer Relations
2333 N. 6th St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Come celebrate what we have accomplished together!
Marillac Clinic will mark 20 years of service to the people of Mesa County with an open house at each of our Clinic locations.
Because you are a friend of the Clinic, we would like you
to be a part of this special celebration.
Please be our guest for light snacks and a chance to meet and visit with fellow
supporters and Clinic staff.
And thanks for the memories!
Open Houses at Marillac
Palisade: Thursday, October 23, 2008 • 5 pm to 6:30 pm
707 Elberta • Palisade, Colorado 81526
Grand Junction: Thursday, November 13, 2008 • 5 pm to 6:30 pm
2333 N. 6th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501
RSVP: email@example.com or 970-298-6313
(Let us know which open house you'd like to attend and
how many in your party. We look forward to seeing you!)
We have opened the Marillac Clinic in Palisade at 707 Elberta Avenue. The clinic provides medical services to the east Grand Valley population we serve, and also teams up with Valley-Wide Health Systems to provide Farmworker health.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 - 8 pm
Friday 8 am - Noon
Beginning in January 2011
The clinic will be open on Thursday until 8pm - GJ and Palisade
Need an evening appointment? Come see us until 8 pm on Wednesdays.
For Immediate Release
Marillac Clinic Launches New Website
Marillac Clinic announced today that it has launched its official website:
The Clinic, which serves uninsured and low income Mesa County residents, provides medical, dental, integrated mental health and optical services, as well as a medication outlet for low cost prescriptions.
Commenting on the new site, Steve Hurd, Executive Director, stated "We are very excited to be able provide this site for our patients and supporters. The web site is full of great information about the Clinic's programs and services. In addition to descriptions of our facilities and services, there is information about ongoing outreach and pro-active screenings, as well as patient eligibility, volunteerism, employment, donations and much more."
The new site was created as a collaboration of two local firms. DesignKiln and ReSource Design worked with a task force of key Marillac staff. "It was very smooth process", said John Anglim, owner of Resource Design, "DesignKiln brought their state of the art approach to create a site that is very user-friendly and flexible enough to grow with the Clinic's needs"
"We are committed to the ongoing process of maintaining and improving our site so that it will continue to serve our patients and supporters in the most efficient way." said Kristy Schmidt, Marillac's Director of Community and Consumer Relations "We look forward to the site becoming an important tool in helping to keep our community informed about all the wonderful services and people at Marillac." She continued, "Even longtime friends and supporters of the Clinic will discover new things about the Clinic on the web site, and newcomers will find a wealth of great information about all of our programs."
Marillac Clinic has served the Grand Valley since 1988 and has grown dramatically in recent years to meet the ever increasing need of uninsured and low income families in the Grand Valley. In addition to the main location at 2333 North 6th Street in Grand Junction, Marillac has added a new clinic in Palisade to serve the residents of eastern Mesa County in addition to the migrant and seasonal farmworkers in our community.
Grand Junction Medical Clinic
for additional clinic information or to schedule interviews, call: Kristy Schmidt
Director of Community and Consumer Relations
Marillac Clinic is exceedingly grateful to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for their steadfast support and leadership. We join with them this year in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of their arrival in Kansas with Mother Xavier Ross and a small group of Sisters. This, 2007-2008 will be their 150th Jubilee year.
The Sisters established
ministries to educate young people, care for the sick and provide a
home for orphans. Their history is rich and key to the work we do here at Marillac Clinic.
Thank you Sisters and Congratulations on your 150th year!
A Message from the Director...
Steve Hurd, PhD
Fiscal year 2006-2007: Upstream! It continues to be the key strategy for the Clinic. In the past year, we have further developed our early outreach programs and screenings to access an ever growing patient base. I am confident that just as our integrated model has become nationally recognized and acclaimed, so too, will our aggressive outreach strategies. Marillac continues to identify local solutions to our national health care challenges. As more and more employers find it increasingly difficult to provide health insurance for their employees, greater access to Marillac services for families in our community becomes more crucial every day. We are honored to belong to this wonderful community and look forward to a future of even greater service....To view the complete annual report, click on the file below.
In March, Ashley Elliott, OD, Marillac Optometrist,
traveled with a group of 26 other medical volunteers from Vision Health
International to Guastatoya, Guatemala. This is Dr. Elliott’s third
During VHI’s one week stay, over 1700 patients were
evaluated and received services ranging from eyeglasses to sight-restoring
surgery. “The experience of helping to restore the gift of sight to
those in need is indescribable,” said Dr. Elliott.
Dr. Elliott hopes to return to Guatemala next year for a similar trip.
The 2007 Florence Nightingale Nursing Awards Banquet for the state finalists was held Saturday, May12th in Denver, Colorado. Marillac Clinic is proud to have Michelle Bryant, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Clinic, selected as one of 15 state finalists for the 2007 Nightingale Award. Michelle was selected as a state finalist at the Regional Awards Banquet on March 31st.
Registered nurses throughout Colorado are nominated in the fall of each year by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers System (AHEC). Fifteen finalists are selected by the regions and forwarded to the State Selection Committee, who determines the final six recipients
Cindy Neal of Marillac Clinic previously won the Nightingale award in 2005.
The Nightingale Awards
The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health.
Michelle, we are so proud to have you as a member of the Marillac team. Heartfelt congratulations to you!
Dr Kenneth Lampert
Beginning his fifth period of service on the board of the clinic Dr Lampert helped to establish. Before he retired he worked at the Health Department and the Regional Center. He has volunteered his time at Marillac as a physician for the last 10 years. Dr Lampert serves on several other non-profit boards including MDS.
Andrea co-owns Design Kiln, a web development company. Her company designed Marillac's website and is working with other local non-profits such as KAFM Community Radio, The Center for Independence, RSVP, and the Caprock Academy. Previously, she worked for Microsoft, MSNBC, MSN, and the Swedish firm EF Education.
April a graduate of the School of Mines. She currently works as an Operations Engineer for Williams Exploration and Production. Previously, she worked for several other energy related firms including Halliburton and Western Colorado Testing.
Nancy is a Mesa State College graduate. She currently is the Director of Finance/Payroll for School District 51. Previously, Nancy worked in several financial positions. She was a CPA with a local accounting firm, controller of a local construction company, and worked for Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction. She has served on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council as their Treasurer.
In recognition of Marillac’s 20th Anniversary year, the clinic is celebrating a series of activities designed to thank the many people who have contributed to the clinic’s success.
A Patient's Letter...
We received this letter recently from a friend of the clinic. It speaks volumes about what the clinic meant to this patient. Multiply this experience by hundreds of thousands of times and you get an idea of what the clinic means to the community it has served for twenty years!
No one sets out to be uninsured. When I decided to switch career paths and move to the Western Slope, I knew that I¹d be trading away urban amenities and opportunities for a quieter path through life, but I didn't give much thought to health insurance. I was healthy and adventurous--healthcare simply wasn't something I thought about.
I'm still healthy and adventurous, but I'm older, and over the years, things have come up. I've been genetically blessed with a sound body, so I've spent very little time with doctors on my own behalf--I've spent far more time accompanying other people to their doctor's appointments.
Menopause was the beginning of my adventures in medicine. While I looooove being post-menopausal, getting here was a rough road that took years to navigate--I could not have made the trip safely, or sanely, without medical help.
I've done a lot of different kinds of work since I moved here--only one job ever included health benefits. They just seem to have disappeared as part of the employment package as the years went by. When it came time to see a doctor, I had absolutely no idea where to go.
About that time, Marillac Clinic began advertising a screening program for women going into menopause--I remember the billboards. I wasn't sure, at that point, just what 'menopause' meant, exactly, but I was pretty sure I had it, and it wasn't going well. My body was messing with me in ways that defied understanding--sometimes several times a day. I came close to ripping off my clothing as I sat in a classroom at Mesa State one winter day--temperature changes ruled my life.
My attitude towards our health care system has never been that good--I grew up around it, I knew so many people in it, and I'd worked with political and social institutions that governed and/or controlled health care. I'd spent a lot of time with issues about providing health care benefits to the indigent, so I knew what 'charity' medical care can be like. I never expected to be walking into a clinic for the uninsured--I hadn't expected to travel downscale.
I signed up for the Marillac program so I could figure out how not to kill myself, or someone else, before the next hot flash. I wanted to be back in control of my body and mind again. I was possessed by the Evil Demon Menopause, and I wanted him cast out!!! Yes, I believe that menopause was designed by a man. Go figure.
With expectations low and my pride taking a hit, I turned myself over to Marillac Clinic. It may have been the third most intelligent decision I ever made in my life (after having my daughter, and moving here), and I have been grateful for them every day since.
Why isn't everyone's health care as gracious, comprehensive, reasonable, and intelligent as Marillac's? I don't mean that they're the fanciest, or the quietest (Marillac is full of the sounds of life--if this were Sesame Street, Marillac would be their clinic. The whole world passes through there--GREAT people watching!). You do rub up against humanity there. Personally, I think that helps build up healthy immunities, so I don¹t mind. I have that kind of immune system.
The quality of treatment and care is just stunningly good. I have never been rushed. Never been talked down to. Never been left in the dark, or in the lurch. Never been turned away. I look forward to seeing the staff--their system works smoothly, courteously, and with great humor. And, I can afford it. It isn't free--it's accessible if your income is low enough. Which mine is. There's nothing in my socio-economic background that predicted that I'd one day need the services of a clinic for uninsured people. It was hard for me to walk in there. What if I hadn't? Let's not go there!
Its Marillac's twentieth anniversary, so I thought I¹d take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to all the people behind the clinic, and to the funders/fundraisers of Colorado who have made this marvelous service available to people like me. Yeah--people like me. I¹m one of those people that is served by Marillac, and I'm lucky to be able to say that.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
Early February 2008
Phone-a-thon whereby volunteers call past and current supporters merely to thank them for their support.
Spring and Summer '08
Marillac hosts two open houses, one at the Grand Junction clinic and one at the Palisade Clinic.
Watch for further details.
April 30, 2008
A staff and volunteer appreciation luncheon
May 17, 2008
The clinic hosts an invitation-only 20th Anniversary celebration event at the Double Tree Hotel.