To continue to meet the rapidly growing demand for affordable, integrated healthcare among medically underserved populations, Summit Community Care Clinic has completed several significant projects to provide additional services within Summit, Lake, and Park Counties. The Care Clinic opened a new medical and behavioral care office in Leadville on September 29, and will open a new dental practice in Fairplay later this month, in addition to a new School Based Health Center in Breckenridge, which opened on September 6.
Lake County Expansion
On September 29, 2023, the Care Clinic began offering primary medical care services for Lake County residents, located at 735 Highway 24 in Leadville in a facility shared with Lake County Public Health and Human Services departments.
The new Leadville office will offer a wide range of medical services including primary care, acute illness and injury care, chronic pain management, pediatric and newborn care, referrals, telehealth, family planning, senior care, and cancer screening. The Lake County Care Clinic will also offer behavioral health visits one day a week, pending the hiring process for a behavioral health provider.
“Nearly one in three residents in Lake County do not have a primary care physician in the area. Expansion of medical and behavioral health options in the community will make a meaningful positive impact on health outcomes for those residents. People are much more likely to seek out and get the care they need if they don’t have the added burden of commuting into another county to do so,” stated Susan Robertson, the Clinic’s chief strategy officer.
By sharing the location with Lake County’s public services departments, Lake County residents will be able to easily access the Care Clinic’s services as well as the County’s many integral public assistance programs, in one place.
The Care Clinic will continue to provide dental services at 223 Harrison Avenue in Leadville and has a School Based Health Center at Lake County High School, serving Lake County School District’s students, their families, and staff.
To schedule a visit with the Care Clinic in Leadville, patients can call Summit Community Care Clinic at 970-668-4040.
Dental Services in Park County
Scheduled to open on October 12, 2023, at 548 Front Street in Fairplay, the Care Clinic’s dental office will provide continuation of dental care options in Park County left vacant by Dr. Jim Caldwell of Southpark Dental. In February 2023, Dr. Caldwell made the Care Clinic aware of his plans to retire after operating Southpark Dental since 2018 and asked if the Care Clinic would take over.
“We were so touched by Dr. Caldwell’s request and honored by the amount of support we have received from the Park County community to transition from Dr. Caldwell’s practice to ours,” stated Care Clinic Chief Dental Officer, Erin Major.
The Care Clinic obtained startup funding from Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA), the regional organization that administers Colorado Medicaid benefits and coordinates care and services for all members of several Colorado counties, including Park County.
The office will be open one day per week starting October 12, with plans to expand operations based on need. The Park County practice will offer basic dental care, including exams, x-rays, sealants, filling, and cleanings, with the opportunity to refer patients to the Frisco office as needed.
To schedule an appointment with the Park County Dental office, please call 970-668-4055.
New School Based Health Center at Upper Blue Elementary
For the 2023 – 2024 school year, Summit Community Care Clinic has added medical care services to existing behavioral health and dental services offered on site at the Upper Blue Elementary School in Breckenridge, to create a newly designated School Based Health Center (SBHC).
The Care Clinic provides preventative dental care and behavioral health visits to all schools within the Summit School District, Lake County School District, and the Park RE-2 School District. To qualify as a Colorado state funded School Based Health Center, a school must offer medical, dental, and behavioral health services on campus. The addition of medical facilities at Upper Blue expands access to convenient, affordable, and integrated high-quality healthcare for students, their families, and school staff.
Upper Blue Elementary’s new SBHC is the fifth in Summit County, joining Dillon Valley Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary, Summit Middle School, and Summit High School within the Care Clinic’s network. The Care Clinic also operates an SBHC at the Lake County High School and one on the Park County RE-2 campus.
To schedule an appointment at Upper Blue Elementary School or any of the Care Clinic’s School Based Health Centers, please call 970-710-5049.
About the Care Clinic
The mission of the Care Clinic is to provide exceptional, integrated, patient-centered care that is available to all. We provide integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health services in Summit, Lake, and Park Counties. The Care Clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. More information may be found at summitclinic.org.
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