By Mountain Family Health Centers

This winter, third-graders at June Creek Elementary School in Edwards recreated Eagle County as part of a class project. Students chose what they consider to be an “important place” in the Vail to Gypsum area, then built a miniature version of that location at home.

Miriam Ruiz is a student in Johnna Williams’ third grade class, and she chose to build a well-constructed, two-story Mountain Family Health Centers clinic out of cardboard.

With a clearly lettered sign and what was a stroke of foresight, Miriam placed the building near where Mountain Family plans to establish a new Edwards clinic: on the roundabout near the Edwards exit for I-70.

She made sure to include June Creek Elementary School and a few other establishments as well.

After learning about Miriam’s appreciation for Mountain Family, Development Director Garry Schalla visited her class and made her honorary architect for the proposed new Edwards clinic. He also invited her classmates to act as honorary design consultants on the project. Garry hopes to keep the class updated as the new Mountain Family Edwards clinic moves forward.

Currently, Mountain Family and Eagle County are working out the details and design for the new Edwards clinic, which has a targeted opening date of spring 2019.