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Loveland Community Health Center, McKee Stepping Stones plan move

 

LOVELAND, Colo. (July 5, 2012) – The operator of Loveland Community Health Center purchased a building Friday, June 30, that will serve as a new home for the clinic as well as McKee Stepping Stones Adult Day Program. The new building will allow both programs to expand.

Sunrise Community Health paid $2.3 million to Mortgage Investment Trust Company for the 48,000 square-foot building at 302 Third St. S.E.

The health center currently occupies 15,000 square feet at 450 Cleveland Ave., eight blocks north of the new building. McKee Stepping Stones operates in 675 square feet of space at First Christian Church at 2000 N. Lincoln Ave.

Volume at both the health center and at Stepping Stones, which is owned by McKee Medical Center, prompted the programs to look for new space. In 2011, the community health center served 6,500 people and had as many as 1,000 people on the waiting list to get appointments prior to hiring additional clinicians.

McKee Stepping Stones is at capacity providing adult day care for 14 clients with about 20 people waiting for an opening.

The McKee Medical Center Foundation and Sunrise Community Health have partnered since the health center’s creation in 1997. The foundation raised money to purchase the Cleveland Avenue building, now owned by Banner Health. Plans for that building have not been announced.

Mitzi Moran, president and CEO of Sunrise, said demand for services at the community health center have grown year over year, and there was no more room for expansion. Sunrise began looking for a new home about two years ago.

At the same time, the McKee Medical Center Foundation began raising funds to help Stepping Stones expand.

Julie Johnson Haffner, director of the McKee Medical Center Foundation, said the plan to locate the two programs in the same building evolved through ongoing conversation.

“It became apparent that (the health center’s) needs and purpose aligned with the needs and purpose of Stepping Stones,” she said. “This size and location of this building is a perfect choice as the two programs grow to serve Loveland.”

Moran said the health center will expand to 20,000 square feet and hopes to eventually grow to 35,000. Specific renovations will depend on the success of ongoing fund raising efforts. While no new services will be added initially, the expanded space will allow additional clinicians to be hired to meet the growing needs in the community. At Sunrise’s largest facility in Evans, expanded space enabled community primary care and specialty physicians to volunteer to see patients making referrals easier for the patients and the physicians. As growth continues, Moran may seek to partner in a similar way with local physicians to provide services at the new Loveland Community Health Center.

McKee Stepping Stones will lease 5,000 to 10,000 square feet in the new building. The McKee Foundation has raised $900,000 and has a goal of $2.1 million for remodeling and new equipment.

Stepping Stones will use the new space to offer different activities and support groups tailored to the clients’ health.

The new location is a single-story building on six acres that was a former location of Hewlett Packard Co. Moran said the open layout will allow for easier adaptations. Currently the only tenant in the building is a caterer who uses the commercial kitchen.

“We liked this building because of the appeal of the neighborhood,” Moran,” said. “The wide open floor plan will require less demolition.”

Moran said she hopes to occupy the building by the fall of 2013, which depends on fund raising and the ability to secure grants to pay for the remodeling. Sunrise hopes to raise about $2.5 million for those costs.

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Contact: Sara Quale
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