Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 64
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 64

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
Page 64
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A-28 GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Mon., April 16.1913 Greeley center for health care With one gianl hospital -considered "the best in the region, one of (he best in the state" by medical spokesmen -- plus an extremely high number of physicians for the local population, Greeley has become a regional health-care center. Weld County General Hospital, holding a three-year- old master plan calling for expansion of (he 350-bed facility ultimately to more than twice that, is looking to a near-$l million emergency and outpatient f a c i l i t y expansion starting this year. Records of the Weld County A survey of administrators for several local health-care clinics appears to bear out the idea of Greeley as a regional health center for northeastern Colorado as well as parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. Weld County General Hospital Asst. Administrator Wendell Fuller is cautious about labeling Greeley as "the" regional health-care center. But he admits the belief that Greeley has' the area's best treatment facilities as well as a high number of .specializing physicians. Fuller says, to his knowledge, Morgan and elsewhere in Morgan County," Cornelius says. "And others come from Cheyenne and other places in Wyoming." Most of .their patients, however, are from Greeley and the Weld area, he adds. Medical Society show about 100 only two locales in the nation -physicians in Greeley, in- in California and Minnesota -eluding aboul 20 general equal Greeley for medical practitioners and more than 70 facilities and services specialists, in fields including internal medicine, neuro- surgery, opthalmology and others. Spokesmen say only two other areas in Ihe country are at the same level of physicians per-capila. And recently a national journal picked out the Greeley area for notice because of its high number of medical specialists. available, given the population of the area. Meanwhie, Administrator Harold Cornelius of Greeley's osteopathic Memorial Hospital says the city definitely can be rated as a regional health-care center, despite recent growth of hospitals and other facilities in some smaller eastern-plains towns. "We get patients from Fort looking for local support. Its budget for 1972-73 was $158,000, according to Administrator Pat Fay. But that amount -- from a U.S. Department of Health, Cornelius gives much of the Education and Welfare grant credit for the Greeley role to program for migrant aid -- has Weld County General Hospital, been cut to $117,000 for 1973-74. "It's one of the best in the Mrs. Fay says the health state." r center can continue--if there is Says Robert McLauthlin, no large increase in its low- administrator of the 40-year-old income patients and no demand Greeley Clinic, the area's for large-scale equipment largest: "Sure this is a regional expenditures. But, she says, the center. We have as good a center is looking for additional group of physicians as you'll local aid. The City of Greeley find -- good general prac- granted the center $7,000 this tilioners and good specialists, year for its expanded dental- And we have a competent, well- care program, which includes a equipped hospital." one-time federally funded McLauthlin says credit for $40,000 for a mobile treatment Greeley's health-care role van. should go to the farsightedness The center numbers among of a group of specialists in the its 4,500 patients migrants, in- early 1950s, as Weld County state seasonal workers and the General was being built. · "ruralpoor." About 80 per cent But for one of the area's are Mexican-American and 20 health-care clinics -- and its per cent Anglo. Mrs. Fay says patients -- the outlook is not as most families served by the rosy. Groeley's East Side center have an annual income Health Center, serving about of $3,000 or less. 4,500disadvantaged persons, is And Mrs. Fay has a slightly facing a cutback in its prime- differing view of Greeley as. a source federal funding and is regional health-care center. "It EAST SIDE ! HEALTH CENTER LOW-INCOME CARE -- Not so typical of the Greeley health-care picture is the East Side Health Center, 1217 4th Ave., a three-year-old facility providing care for migrants and the rural poor under a federal grant program. It faces a $41,000 cutback in funding -- to $117,000 -- for 1973-74 although its patient roll has risen to 4,500. East Side Center officials are seeking some local support to continue the center's health care for disadvantaged families, most with annual incomes of $3,000 or less. (Tribune photo) is -- as far as facilities and specialists go. But," she adds, "if you're in the poverty group it isn't." She points out that once a yearly $10,000 for indigent hospital care runs out, their center no longer can send patients to Weld County General Hospital, but must send them to Denver General. The East Side Center recently has had to begin charging its patients $1 a visit due to the lack of funding. The center started in October 1972 under an initial federal grant of $100,000 for 1,000 patients. Now, with a 350 per cent increase in its patient load, the center is attempting to deal with them under a budget that will be 17 per cent more in the next fiscal period. The center has one staff physician, one dentist, a dental assistant and part-time consulting assistance from four physicians. Meanwhile, spokesmen at the recently opened (January 1972) Family Physicians Clinic agree that Weld County General Hospital and an extremely high number of specialists here have built Greeley into a regional center for health care. The four doctors at the Family Physicians Clinic -- a fifth doctor is expected this spring may point the way of another trend in medical practice. All at the clinic are general practitioners, not specialists: Despite the fact a majority locally are specialists, a spokesman at the clinic says, "GPs are kind of hard to find nowadays, but there seems to be quite a call for them from the people." A spokesman at the Family Physicians Clinic notes that status as regional health-care center apparently would go either to Fort Collins or Greeley. And, the spokesman adds, Greeley with its large hospital, high number of physicians and a hospital intern program not available in Fort Collins would appear to be that regional center. Gene Perry, business manager at the Medical Group of Grceley, agrees with the regional-tenter assessment and -- as do others -- its basis in Weld County General Hospital and the great number of local physicians. "Yes, that appears to be the case," says Perry. "We, for example, take care of a large number of patients from all over Northeastern Colorado -- CLINIC GROWTH -- Typical of the expansion of medical clinics locally is the Medical Group of Greeley, at 165016th, built in 1960 and expanded in 1969. Its physician staff of 10, all specialists, typifies one of the reasons why Greeley has become a regional healths, care center. The other reason, medical spokesmen say, is the role of Weld County General Hospital as a major facility. (Tribune Photo) some even from Wyoming. There are more specialists here than anywhere else in the northeastern part of Ihe state." Medical Group of Greeley, which started in 1957 with two physicians, now has 10 doctors, all of them specialists. The osteopalhic c l i n i c , the Lee ' clinic's most recent expansion Clinic. "If's also simply a · came in )9fi9 with a $350,000 bigger town," hn adds. enlargmenl. 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