GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Choices on how and where you receive healthcare may be changing come spring.
After passing a yearlong application process, Family Health West, located in Fruita, has received a three-year accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center, meaning the hospital can provide patients with initial evaluations and stabilization of trauma related injuries.
Grand Junction resident Stephen Fitzgerald experienced Family Health West's trauma center first hand, after his nephew accidentally cut himself with a tool.
"It was absolutely incredible the way they took care of him. In four or five hours he was out of there I had him home, so they did a great job taking care of him there in Fruita," said Fitzgerald.
Family Health West isn't alone when it comes to improving trauma centers. In just a few weeks Community Hospital will be opening the doors of a brand new facility located on G Road, providing the Valley with another, more advanced, trauma center.
"There are four trauma levels, level one being the highest, research hospital, and we are looking to go to a level three. Some of the cases we usually transfer to other hospitals, we will be able to care for some of those patients here at Community Hospital going to a level three trauma center,” said Community Hospital’s Karen Martsolf.
Community Hospital will also provide labor and delivery for pregnant women, giving them another option here in the Valley.
"Competition is a good thing and providing people with a choice as to where they want to receive their healthcare locally is really important," said Martsolf.
If you are interested in visiting Community Hospital's new hospital, they will be hosting an open house Saturday, March 5, 2015 from 1p.m. - 4 p.m.