With the opening of an expanded in-patient psychiatric care facility in Grand Junction that will double its capacity to serve patients, the Western Slope is making its biggest gain yet in fixing an imbalance of health-care services.
The Grand Valley has an impressive history of collaboration to improve access to primary and specialty care. That's great for keeping people physically healthy. But the valley didn't even have a psychiatric hospital in western Colorado before Mind Springs opened West Springs Hospital in 2006.
In just over a decade, it became clear that the hospital needed to expand. As the Sentinel's Joe Vaccarelli reported in Sunday's paper, about four years ago waiting lists of up to 20 people started to develop, leaving those in psychiatric crisis in limbo.