January 26, 2016
Wellness Center Update Presented

EPMC Wellness Center Update Presented to EVPC

Representatives from Estes Park Medical Center and the EPMC Foundation shared plans for Wellness Center programming and fundraising with the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce at their membership dinner on Thursday, Jan. 21. After hearing about target audiences, services,funding requirements, and how community members can help, business owners asked a range of questions about services currently available and project developments.

Ken TeSelle, EPMC Foundation Board President, kicked off the presentation with a brief history of the project and the recent Park Hospital District Board decision to not accept John Cullen’s offer to move the Wellness Center into the currently under-construction accommodations building. He stated that although the Hospital District Board and EPMC staff were extremely grateful for the offer, they simply did not want the project to be controversial or divisive for the community. The board voted to continue the pursuit of constructing a separate Wellness Center building at the original location on Lot 4 of the Stanley Historic District.

Dr. Frank D. Dumont, EPMC Physician and Wellness Center Steering Committee Member, then spoke about the need to focus on wellness, programming for the Wellness Center, who EPMC anticipates serving at the Center, what wellness services are already available at EPMC, and the partnerships that EPMC has developed to promote wellness in our community and provide services. Citing obesity statistics and the modern phenomena that individuals are living longer but with less functionality and more disease, Dr.Dumont stressed the importance of being more proactive with health. He also shared that what western medicine has historically considered proactive –diagnosing diseases earlier and treating them more aggressively with medications and procedures – has not been able to turn things around. Working with individuals more holistically and helping them incorporate lifestyle and behavioral changes is proving to have much better results. Wellness Center programming will be based on scientifically-proven methods for changing behaviors, improving athletic performance, and losing weight.

Dr. Dumont also shared that while work continued on destination wellness programming, last year EPMC introduced an internal wellness program for staff and began offering several wellness services to the community, including lactate threshold testing (for athletic performance/training), the University of Colorado’s proprietary Wellness Assessment, and the STATE of SLIM weight-loss program. In answer to a question,Dr. Dumont stated that Wellness Assessments are available for $150, State of Slim class registration is $699, and that volume based corporate discounts can be extended to employers who contract with EPMC. In addition to those services, EPMC has partnered with the Estes Valley Library and Estes Park Senior Center to provide community programs focused on nutrition, wellness, and exercise.They have been working with the Estes Park School District to provide health data tracking for students enrolled in the Middle School’s Exercise Learning Center, as well as speakers for the High School’s Sports Medicine Academy. In partnership with Timberline Clinic, and Salud Family Health, the Rural Estes Alliance for Community Health (REACH) was formed to develop common interventions, using a shared disease self-management education program, and offers a collaborative calendar of educational workshops to address the community’s most predominant health concerns.

EPMC’s final speaker on the Wellness Center was Wayne Park, EPMC Foundation Board Vice President and Chair of the Wellness Center Steering Committee. He shared that the Foundation is working to raise$8-10 million for construction of the building and programming needs, with the variance depending on several decisions still to be made including whether the building will have a basement level. The Foundation anticipates 2-3 years will be needed to raise all of the funds and is targeting individuals, foundations and corporations that have a vested interest in wellness, sports or fitness.Although dollar amounts could not be divulged, Park did say that substantial letters of intent have been received by the Foundation. He ended the presentation letting business owners know that they can help by sharing what they just learned and by letting any Foundation board or steering committee member know if they have personal contacts within potential donor organizations.

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