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By Mountain Family Health Centers

Mountain Family Health Centers has raised $1.7 million during our final fundraising effort to support the new Basalt Integrated Health Center. Mountain Family is raising $3.2 million during our fundraising homestretch for the new health center, located at 123 Emma Road.

Recent support includes a generous $100,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation, designated for medical equipment for the nine medical exam rooms at the new Basalt Integrated Health Center.

“At Mountain Family Health Centers, we believe health care is a basic human right. The support of the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation, along with that of our other generous supporters, will help ensure that all members of our community have access to high quality, integrated care,” said Ross Brooks, Mountain Family’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation is based in Michigan and is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth and family and animal welfare. “Improving health care access and outcomes for vulnerable people is one of our priorities,” says Virginia Romano, Executive Director, “we are pleased to support Mountain Family Health Centers as they work toward this same goal.”

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation joins other lead donors for the new health center: The Colorado Health Foundation, Denver Foundation Colorado Health Access Fund, Aspen Skiing Company – Community Cares Fund, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Robert Pew,  as well as generous support from Aspen Valley Hospital, Pitkin County, the Alpenglow Foundation, Eagle County, the Rose Foundation, the Betty Jane Schuss and Donor Advised Funds at the Aspen Community Foundation, The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the Town of Snowmass Village, the Aspen Thrift Shop, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and others.

Mountain Family Health Centers would like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to our donors.

These funds will support the vital new health center, increasing access to integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care for all Roaring Fork Valley residents, regardless of ability to pay. The new location allows Mountain Family to increase the number of persons served annually to 3,700—a a 75% increase. 

The new Basalt Integrated Health Center provides essential solutions to critical health care challenges in the Roaring Fork Valley. Those problems include:

* The skyrocketing cost of health insurance has become unaffordable for working families

* Mountain Family’s uninsured patient population is 38% and growing, adding up to over 8,000

individuals across the valley
* Extremely limited access to medical, dental and behavioral (mental) health professionals whoaccept Medicaid.

You can be a part of the solution. To join the Building Health for All: Basalt Integrated Health Center campaign, please contact Development Director Garry Schalla: (970) 318-8018 (cell), (970) 945-2840 x 7290 (office),