Free clinic searches for new home


Services offered by Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado

■ Basic medical care and exams

■ Prescriptions for non-controlled substances

■ Mental health consultations, screenings and referrals

■ Specialized needs like physical therapy, speech therapy, vision screening and reading glasses

Just when Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado thought it was safe to call its current headquarters home, the group that operates the nonprofit must search again for a new base of operations.

The headquarters, owned by Mesa County Libraries, is under contract for sale.

The library agreed to allow the clinic to operate in an office building it owns at 536 Ouray Ave., clinic Director Allison Blevins said.

“They generously donated the space,” Blevins said. “They said, ‘You’re welcome to use it for free until we sell it.’ “

The library apparently sold the property in July and notified the clinic it will have to vacate the space after its regularly scheduled free clinic Aug. 24, Blevins said.

The district decided to offer the space to Good Samaritan in May “when it became known that the group needed a new location to conduct their charity medical work,” said Eve Tallman, Mesa County Libraries director.

“The staff at Good Samaritan understood the property was listed for sale at the time and there was a possibility that it would sell during their tenure,” Tallman said.

Mesa County Libraries once used the space for support services like facilities management, book acquisitions and cataloguing. These functions are now performed under one roof at the new central library, she said.

The property is currently under contract, but Tallman said the sales price must remain secret until after the deal closes.

“The proceeds will likely be used for future capital projects of the district, with a priority on improving branch services,” Tallman said.

Meanwhile, Good Samaritan has begun its search for a new location.

Good Samaritan operates a free clinic once a month. Services depend on which of its 260 health care provider volunteers are able to attend.

“Doctors, physician assistants, chiropractors and mid-level providers all volunteer. Some come once a year. A few come every month,” Blevins said.


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