Multi-million dollar West Springs hospital breaks ground

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Three years of planning is starting to become reality.

Mind Springs Health broke ground Wednesday on its new West Springs Psychiatric Hospital. The new facility will allow for more people with mental health issues to receive care on the Western Slope.

"We'll be doubling the number of psychiatric hospital beds from 32 to 64," said Sharon Raggio, the president, and CEO of Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital.

Right now, there are people turned away because officials said the hospital is just too full.

"We have a daily waiting list of patients who need psychiatric care and stabilization,” said West Springs program coordinator Bill Schaefer.

That means some people are having to travel to Denver or Salt Lake for treatment.

“More and more, the psychiatric hospitals in Denver are full so it means people have nowhere to go," Raggio said.

The new facility begins construction after three years of planning, along with fundraising to offset about half of the $34 million cost.

"It really meets our mission about making a difference in the mental health world and frankly it's literally saving people’s lives," Raggio said.

“We've had a significant need across the western slope and in Mesa County and have not been able to fulfill that need because of limitation of space," said Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart. "This allows them to help everybody that needs help."

The facility still needs $5 million to complete their fundraising goal.

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