Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its new facility with an open house Saturday.
The event comes five years to the day after the hospital held its first open house to celebrate the grand opening of the $24.9 million, 123,000-square-foot facility at 1024 Central Park Drive.
Yampa Valley Medical Center officially opened Nov. 21, 1999. It replaced Routt Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1950 and served the community for nearly half a century from its location on North Park Street.
Before the opening of Routt Memorial, Dr. Frederick Willett provided health care to Routt County residents from 1914 to 1949. Willett operated out of a number of buildings, including the current site of the Old Town Pub on Lincoln Avenue and the former Seventh Street Playhouse.
The hospital property was acquired in 1992. The Steamboat Springs Health Care Association, the nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the hospital's construction, raised more than $6 million from 1996 to 1999 for the facility's construction.
Construction began in February 1998. When the hospital opened in November 1999, it was not fully complete. The adjacent medical office building opened in June 2000, and the Extended Care Center (now the Doak Walker Care Center) and Grandkids child-care facility opened in November 2000.
Saturday's open house is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital. The festivities will include children's activities, refreshments and tours.
Also, the hospital will offer demonstrations of "Pat," the new patient simulator used in the training of emergency personnel.
The first 150 adults will receive free T-shirts. Free injury screenings, paraffin hand dips and five-minute massages will be offered at SportsMed.
Heeling Friends volunteers will be on hand with their animals, including eight dogs and a cat. Also, firefighters from Truck 62 from the Steamboat Springs Fire Department will be available.
Participants in the open house can register for one of five $50 "I Love Steamboat" gift certificates.
For information about the open house, call Christine McKelvie at 870-1119.