Partnering in Health and Wellness

Integrated design is a familiar concept to us in construction. The Tri-Lakes Community Health Village, a project completed in 2014 that attached a 52,000-square-foot outpatient facility to an existing YMCA, first introduced to us the idea of integrated healthcare.

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region facility and medical office building share one lobby. Under one roof, the Village offers everything from urgent care to primary care in addition to imaging, occupational medicine, and a range of specialty services.

“Our innovative health neighborhoods approach is a total solution for consumers, providing optimal healthcare value while setting a new standard of care that Coloradans will come to expect,” said Margaret Sabin, then president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, to Building Design + Construction.

The Tri-Lakes Community Health Village is also the first of Centura’s Colorado Health Neighborhood in El Paso County, a step toward making health care more convenient, affordable, and accessible to Colorado residents. Colorado Health Neighborhoods is an integrated network of thousands of health care providers across the state.

The Tri-Lakes Community Health Village demonstrates what we can achieve by combining two separate entities dedicated to pursuing the same goal: health and wellness for Coloradans. For YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, and the Boldt Company, the developer who facilitated the meeting between the two organizations and the start of this project, the Tri-Lakes Community Health Village suggests exciting possibilities for health care.

“The medical partners understand where health care is going and we think the Y is positioned better than anyone in this community, with eight locations in the region,” Boyd Williams, president and CEO of the YMCA in the Pikes Peak Region, told the Colorado Springs Business Journal. “No matter where you live, you are 10 minutes from any YMCA. As we forge ahead in caring for this community, we have to do it in a partnering way.”

We agree with Boyd’s vision and open mindset to partnerships. Wellness is, after all, naturally open to collaboration and opportunities for problem-solving. Health care today truly takes a Village—in this case, the Tri-Lakes Community Health Village.

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