Katie and Steve Keller recently experienced the personalized care of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s new Family Birth Place, welcoming their daughter, Gracey Jane, to their family.

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Katie and Steve Keller recently experienced the personalized care of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s new Family Birth Place, welcoming their daughter, Gracey Jane, to their family.

Monday Medical: 10 years and still growing

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What: “Cheers to 10 Years!” celebration and public open house

Where: Yampa Valley Medical Center

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Online: Visit www.yvmc.org/cheers for details.

As the double-O decade draws to a close, we at Yampa Valley Medical Center are preparing to celebrate 10 years of providing vital and ever-growing medical services at our Central Park Drive campus.

I know, I know. It seems impossible that our “new” hospital has been serving the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado for a full decade. But it’s true. And we’re planning a special event to mark not only this milestone, but also the grand opening of our significant expansion and remodeling.

If you haven’t been to YVMC recently, you may not realize the extent of our growth. We have been in the midst of a massive $13 million construction project since May 2008.

As we have expanded, we have paid special attention to our patients and visitors, providing uninterrupted medical care while minimizing the noise and inconvenience.

It has required intricate planning, ingenuity and a lot of hard work to make this happen. You can understand why we are all excited that the project, with its myriad details and department relocations, is drawing to a close.

On Saturday, we will welcome the community for an afternoon open house called “Cheers to 10 Years!” The event will begin with a brief dedication and ribbon-cutting, to be followed by tours and activities.

We are excited to offer the community its only opportunity to see our beautiful Family Birth Place.

Here is an area to which I can accurately attach the adjective “all-new.” Every square foot is either part of the expansion or has been thoroughly remodeled.

Even families who were patients at the Family Birth Place this spring or summer will be surprised to see what has changed and been added since their stay earlier this year.

Family Birth Place nurse Alethea Stone deserves credit for coordinating the artwork that helps make this unit so warm and personable. She worked with regional photographers, who generously donated their photos.

The result is a timeless display that focuses on family and growth.

These photos are guaranteed to elicit emotions. In fact, they’re high on the YVMC list of things that will make you go “ahh.”

And speaking of lists, our departments are preparing top-10 displays to honor our decade of dedication. I’ve seen one display that lists 10 quality services offered by a single department and another that enthusiastically proclaims 10 reasons our YVMC nurses are proud of what they do.

We will, of course, have numerous other lists available to those who attend Saturday’s celebration, including 10 years of statistics.

Even though I’ve had an inside view of our growth this past decade, I’m curious to see how many babies we have delivered, the number of patients we have cared for and how many diagnostic tests, surgeries and treatments we have provided during this time.

Other highlights of Saturday’s tours will include our new digital mammography suite, expanded cardiology area and physician outreach clinic, which is home to some of our cancer care services.

We also are planning several activities, including a meet-and-greet reception with physicians, employees and volunteers — including several Heeling Friends pet partners. For a full list of activities and times, I encourage you to “YVM-see us” by visiting our Web site, www.yvmc.org/cheers.

Please join us on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. You’ll see how your community hospital has grown and is moving forward to meet your needs in the future.

Christine McKelvie is public relations director of Yampa Valley Medical Center. She can be reached at christine.mckelvie@yvmc.org.

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