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Wellness Initiatives

Estes Park Medical Center is at the forefront of a variety of initiatives that offer paths to greater wellness for Estes Valley residents and visitors, including:
  • Development of the EPMC Wellness Center 
  • Advancement of the new Community Recreation Center 
  • Creation of the Rural Estes Area Coalition for Health (REACH) to address chronic health issues
  • Development of employee health and wellness programs
  • Partnerships with local businesses and other organizations to enhance a community culture of wellness
More information at: epwellnesscenter.org

Below are some of the achievements and progress that has been made to date.

Wellness Initiative Milestones

November 2016 - Wellness Center Designated an Enterprise Zone Project
The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade approved the Enterprise Zone Project designation which benefits Colorado tax payers by providing income tax credits for donations to the project. Learn more.

October 2016 - Dr. Frank Dumont Lactate Threshold Test Demonstration
Filmed October 1, 2016 at the US Trail Running Conference at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Dr. Dumont is with the Estes Park Medical Center.

January 2016 - Land Lease Entered for Wellness Center
At the Jan. 26 Estes Park Board of Trustees meeting, EPMC presented a $325,000 check for the 49-year ground lease on the portion of Lot 4 in the Stanley Historic District that was originally designated for the wellness center building. 

January 2016 - Offer Turned Down to Include EPMC Wellness Center in Stanley Accommodations Building 
Estes Park Town Trustees were informed that EPMC will be moving forward with plans to construct the Wellness Center on the originally designated location within Lot 4 of the Stanley Historic District and that the Stanley Hotel's offer to incorporate the wellness program into the accommodations building was declined. Read more...

September 2015 - STATE of SLIM Classes Start in Estes Park
The first series of STATE of SLIM weight-loss program classes was offered to staff from EPMC and the YMCA of the Rockies. This scientifically-proven, 16-week program advocates changing food choices and increasing physical activity, along with making a shift in environment and routine, to reboot metabolism and help maintain a healthy weight. Learn more...

May 2015 - Credentialing Complete for CU’s Wellness Assessment
EPMC care providers completed their training and credentialing with staff from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to administer CU’s proprietary Wellness Assessment. Read more...

March 2015 - Relationship Formalized with CU
A formal agreement was established with the University of Colorado to offer CU’s proprietary Wellness Assessment and State of Slim weight loss program in Estes Park. CU will provide training and credentialing for the programs, in addition to software tools and staff support. Read more...

January 2015 - Wellness Center Renderings and Floor Plan Presented
After months of program development and fine tuning space needs for the various aspects of wellness offerings, EPMC leadership presented floor plan designs and building renderings to the Town’s Trustees. At the heart of the center is a welcoming demonstration kitchen for nutrition and cooking classes, surrounded by several indoor and outdoor activity spaces to accommodate group fitness, one-on-one training, water-based exercise and personal contemplation/meditation. Private rooms will house equipment for medical assessments and provide space for individual consults with physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists and transformational coaches.

In Progress for 2015 - Employee Wellness Program Expanded for EPMC Staff
To be effective in leading the community towards better health, EPMC leadership felt strongly that “we must start within our own walls, with our own staff.” As part of our employee health insurance coverage, staff members can now benefit from the same program components that we will offer at the Wellness Center and the community’s future Recreation Center.

November 2014 - National Innovation Award Received
Nominated for the work on the new Wellness Center and the organization’s vision for a community that embraces the culture and principles of wellness, the Estes Park Medical Center was awarded the Critical Access Hospital Innovation Award. The National Rural Health Resource Center and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy recognized EPMC with this award for advancements and innovation to expand care coordination, patient access, prevention and wellness, and community partnerships to improve citizen health.

July 2014 - Architect Selected
EPMC selected Davis Partnership Architects, an award-winning firm in Denver with extensive experience designing state-of-the-art facilities and patient/family-oriented interiors, to design the new wellness center

June 19, 2014 - Formal Support Given to Community Recreation Center
The EPMC Foundation Board of Directors voted to formally support the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District’s plan to construct and operate a community fitness and recreation center. This vote of support increased the total required amount of funds to be raised by the Foundation to $6.2 Million.

April 2014 - Land Lease Signed with Grand Heritage Hotel Group
A formal agreement was signed with the Grand Heritage Hotel Group to lease a portion of Lot 4 to EPMC for the purpose of building and running a Wellness Center. Included in the agreement was a stipulation that funding for construction of the Wellness Center be secured by April 2016.

April 23, 2014 - Groundbreaking Ceremony
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined us to officially break ground on the wellness center. Hickenlooper praised residents of Estes Park for focusing on a critical piece of the community's future while still recovering from the September 2013 flood. He called the wellness center a historic decision by the community and "significant" as the state continues to address his desire to make the health and wellness industry a key part of Colorado's economy.

April 1, 2014 - Overwhelming Community Support for Wellness Center
The Estes Park community showed its strong support for wellness offerings by overwhelmingly backing two April 2014 ballot initiatives. One was in support of the sale of Lot 4 to the Grand Heritage Hotel Group for the construction of an industry-leading health and wellness tourism facility. The second established a new sales tax to support a Community Recreation Center, better in-town trail systems and more.

December 21, 2013 - EPMC Foundation Board Approves Fundraising Goal
The EPMC Foundation Board of Directors voted to support the development of the Wellness Center and established a fundraising goal of $5.5 Million for construction of the facility.

November 2013 - Wellness Center Partnership Proposed
The EPMC executive board proposed a public-private partnership with the Stanley Hotel/Grand Heritage Hotel Group to develop the Wellness Center. The new agreement placed EPMC as owner of the Wellness Center facility and GHHG as owner of the accommodations portion of the project. EPMC would continue to pursue a contract with the University of Colorado to receive staff training and the use of researched tools and techniques used at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

The innovative solution would integrate 5-star resort hospitality (including food, beverage and spa) with the latest evidence based health and wellness treatments, to provide a world-class destination for improving health and meeting individuals’ wellness goals

September 2013 - Wellness Center Project Proposed to Town
Nearly simultaneously with the Medical Center’s talks, the Grand Heritage Hotel Group was negotiating a contract with the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to provide their expertise for a similar facility in Estes Park. That initial concept was to include a contract with EPMC to provide medical testing and services. When that initial project plan was rejected by Town Trustees in November, EPMC leadership proposed a revised plan with EPMC taking ownership of the Wellness Center facility.

Several members of the EPMC medical staff began discussing the idea of offering services that would complement high-altitude training and appeal to high-level and elite athletes. As athletes themselves, the concept was an appealing way to develop a new revenue stream for the Medical Center.

Staff toured different sports medicine/medical fitness facilities to learn about available testing procedures and what other centers were offering. Staff was immediately impressed with a visit to the newly built University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora. Staff found it appealing that CU’s facility embodied wellness on a much larger scope and had a contagiously positive attitude.
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