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Memorial Regional Health building future of health care in Moffat County

JoBeth Tupa Special to the Craig Press

CRAIG — The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors recently toured the rapid care clinic, currently under construction near Wal-Mart in Craig.

The tour of MRH-Rapid Care Clinic, 2020 W. Victory Way, on Nov. 15, was undertaken to learn about the next in a series of projects the hospital is leading to bring affordable, essential health care services to the region.

"Our primary goal is to meet the needs of the consumer, without having to go through the emergency room," MRH Chief Executive Officer Andy Daniels said.

Along with MRH Vice President of Operations Jennifer Riley, Daniels led members of the community on a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest facility, slated to open in early 2018, and shared insights into the services that will be offered at the new location. The Rapid Care Clinic is designed to provide citizens an alternative to expensive emergency room visits for acute illness and injury "when your doctor's office isn't open, or you cannot be seen," Daniels said.

Construction began in August on the 5,600-square-foot facility, which will boast nine new exam rooms, four offices, and its own X-ray room, which will house the community's first digital X-ray machine. The Adena Corporation, of Mansfield, Ohio, serves as the general contractor on the project and employs many local subcontractors.

The new facility will replace the current walk-in clinic space, housed at 785 Russell St. A grand opening of the Rapid Care Clinic has been scheduled for this spring, and groundbreaking for the construction of a larger medical building on Hospital Loop is tentatively set for April 2018

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"Memorial Regional Health is looking to provide patients access to exceptional affordable health care," Daniels said.

"MRH added 60 new employees in the past year, and with an additional 53 jobs projected to be created in the next 12 months, the economic impact of our local health care system is tremendous," CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck said.

For additional information regarding MRH, call 970-824-9411 or visit memorialregionalhealth.com.

This was the final business visit of the CMEDP board for 2017. The board meets for its annual and monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 18, at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. in Room 175.

For more information about CMEDP, call 970-620-4370 or email director@cmedp.com.