Sunrise receives $4.15 million donation, expansion to move forward

LOVELAND – Sunrise Community Health in Loveland announced Thursday gifts totaling $4.15 million from Banner Health, The Colorado Health Foundation and Caring for Colorado.

The funds will augment the $1 million raised by the McKee Medical Center Foundation and allow the Loveland Community Health Center to move forward with its expansion project.

Banner Health, which owns McKee Medical Center in Loveland, donated $2 million to the project earlier this year. The Colorado Health Foundation matched Banner’s donation, and Caring for Colorado contributed $150,000 for equipment at the new clinic. 

The announcement was made by CEO and President of Sunrise, Mitzi Moran, at the vacant and gutted former Hewlett Packard building at 302 Third St. in Loveland. With the addition of these donations, the 48,000 square foot space will house the LCHC and Stepping Stones Adult Day Program by November of this year. LCHC currently occupies 15,000 square feet at 450 N.Cleveland, where the clinic has been since 1997.

“The community members opened their hearts and wallets to make sure that the underinsured and uninsured receive care in this community,” she said. “These donations are a reflection of the devotion to making sureColoradohas access to health care.”

The new space, purchased by Sunrise for $2.3 million and designed by Loveland-based Hauser Architects, will house 24 medical exam rooms, two procedural rooms, a lab, X-ray, pharmacy, nine dental chairs and space for behavioral health, care management and health education.  The health center will initially occupy 25,000 square feet and plans to grow to 40,000.

“The service that this clinic provides the community is huge,” said Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez. “We’ve had an empty building here for four or five years, and this is a great repurpose of that space. It’s exciting.”

McKee’s Stepping Stones Adult Day Program, which operates out of 675 square feet of First Christian Church at 2000 N. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland, will lease the remaining space.

The program provides care and activity for seniors, and due to space restraints, has a waiting list for its services. The new facility will be more than 10 times the size of Stepping Stone’s current space.

Sunrise Community Health began in 1973 as a federally-qualified health center for workers inWeldCounty. Today,Sunrise provides health care to low-income and underinsured individuals at nine clinics in Greeley,Lovelandand Evans.  In 2012,Sunrise saw 33,250 patients, 97 percent of which had incomes under $44,000 for a family of four, according to the organization’s fact sheet.

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