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Sunrise Community Health accepts $4.15 million


Three gifts fund nearly half of Loveland Community Health Center project

LOVELAND, Colo. (April 11, 2013) – Sunrise Community Health announced today that Loveland Community Health Center has received generous support from Banner Health, The Colorado Health Foundation, and Caring for Colorado to leverage Sunrise and McKee Medical Center Foundation funds for the LCHC Expansion Project. 

Banner Health, which owns McKee Medical Center in Loveland, offered a leadership gift of $2 million earlier this year, said Mitzi Moran, Sunrise President/Chief Executive Officer. Sunrise operates the Loveland Community Health Center. Banner’s gift was contingent on Sunrise raising additional funds from other sources.

“Banner Health is committed to meeting the medical needs of the patients in our community and to supporting our partners at the Loveland Community Health Center,” said McKee Medical Center CEO Marilyn Schock.

In response to Sunrise’s fundraising efforts, The Colorado Health Foundation awarded $2 million to the project.  Caring for Colorado contributed $150,000 for equipment at the new clinic.  The Colorado Health Foundation and Caring for Colorado are Denver-based foundations focused on improving the health and access to care for all Coloradans.

“At the Colorado Health Foundation, our vision is to work with partners like Sunrise Community Health to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation,” said Kelly Dunkin, Vice President of Philanthropy at the Foundation. “Sunrise Community Health is a recognized leader in providing team-based, integrated care and we applaud its efforts to expand Loveland Community Health Center to deliver even better services for the community.”

“We believe the Loveland Community Health Center is an important provider of primary care services in Loveland,” said Caring for Colorado CEO Chris Wiant. “We are pleased to support this expansion of the Sunrise Community Health Center system.”

This $4.15 million augments the $1 million in the LCHC expansion fund raised by the McKee Medical Center Foundation. Moran said, “Without this support, LCHC would not expand.  Without the historic support from the community through the McKee Foundation, LCHC would not exist.”

The Foundation raised money in 1997 to purchase the current clinic at 450 Cleveland Ave., now owned by Banner Health. Sunrise, the McKee Foundation, and McKee Medical Center have partnered from the beginning to bring affordable, quality health care to low-income individuals and families. Over the last 16 years, the Foundation and McKee Medical Center have provided more than $10 million in support in conjunction with Sunrise’s operational support of more than $40 million. 

“LCHC greatly appreciates the support received from individuals and businesses -- like Banner Health -- right here in Loveland as well as from state foundations that aim to make all of Colorado a healthier place to live,” Moran said.

LCHC will move from its current 15,000 square foot location to the former Hewlett Packard 48,000 square foot building at 302 Third St. S.E.  Sunrise purchased the building in July 2012 and has since been raising funds to complete renovations.

The donations announced today, coupled with Sunrise’s $1 million capital fund, bring the LCHC expansion fundraising efforts near completion. The health center will initially expand to 25,000 square feet and plans to grow to 40,000. The expanded space will allow additional clinicians to be hired to meet the growing medical and dental needs in the community. 

Behavioral health services, provided on site in collaboration with Touchstone Health Partners, also will expand.

Most of the remaining space will be leased to the McKee Stepping Stones Adult Day Program currently operating in 675 square feet at First Christian Church at 2000 N. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland. To pay for its share of the renovations, Stepping Stones is also receiving financial support from the McKee Medical Center Foundation.

One in three people in Loveland are likely to be uninsured or underinsured due to their economic status. The growing need for affordable health care and adult respite care prompted LCHC and Stepping Stones to look for expansion space. The new facility will enable the programs to share resources, reduce costs, integrate services and improve the client experience. Opening is planned in November 2013.

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