Largest-Ever Investment Made by The Colorado Health Access Fund Goes to Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives

Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, the campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, proudly announces a $2,000,000 investment from The Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation. This investment, the largest ever granted by the Fund, provides vital funding for treating people who are in need of a psychiatric hospital. Currently, West Springs Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City and its thirty-two beds are inadequate for local needs, forcing those in a mental health crisis to either wait for admission or significantly travel to receive life-saving treatment.

The Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation is funded by a forward-thinking anonymous donor whose generosity greatly helps to support the building of a new, state-of-the-art West Springs Hospital that will enable twice as many people as today to get the help they need, when they need it. Dace West, Vice President of Community Impact for The Denver Foundation said, “As a result of a lack of available psychiatric beds, residents are often forced to seek psychiatric hospitalization on the Front Range – up to 300 miles from their support systems and loved ones. This hospital expansion will not only change that, it will create a systemic relief to emergency rooms, law enforcement officers and human services providers who currently have limited resources for getting acute psychiatric care to community members.”

Plans for the new West Springs Hospital will transform inpatient psychiatric care along the western slope and in the mountain communities of Colorado. The new treatment center will have both semi-private and private rooms, dedicated spaces for children and adolescents, welcoming areas for visiting loved ones, outdoor and indoor recreation areas and an adjustable floorplan so all space can be utilized to its fullest extent.

With The Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation’s investment, current gifts and pledges for the new West Springs Hospital are now at 70% of working goal, with construction slated to begin Fall 2017.

For more information on Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, the campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, and to see plans for the new hospital, please visit www.BuildingSanctuary.org.

About Mind Springs Health
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and also assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers 24/7/365 crisis response services, 13 offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City. For more information, visit www.MindSpringsHealth.org or www.WestSpringsHospital.org.

About The Denver Foundation
The Denver Foundation is a community foundation that inspires people and mobilizes resources to improve life in Metro Denver. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors awarded more than $97 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three roles: stewarding an endowment to meet current and future needs for Metro Denver, working with community leaders to address the core challenges that face the community, and managing more than 1,000 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit www.denverfoundation.org.

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Mind Springs Health Contact:
Tiffany Schooley
TSchooley@MindSpringsHealth.org
970.384.3049

The Denver Foundation Contact:
Laura Bond
LBond@DenverFoundation.org
303.300.1790

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