Healthcare is here at Short Creek. Last year on the 16th of December, Creek Valley Health Clinic opened to serve patients in Hildale, Colorado City, Apple Valley, Centennial Park, and Cane Beds. Two days later, on the 18th, Creek Valley hosted a grand opening event, with a ribbon cutting and an open house. It featured tours of a life-flight helicopter and much more. Their hours of operation will be limited and the clinic is scheduling appointments and offering insurance assistance. New patients can call (435) 900-1104 now for more information.
The clinic is offering a wide variety of services, including emergency coverage, screenings, prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care, preventive dental services, immunizations, health education, mental health services, and more. Their staff includes about 20 employees, including a Mental and Behavioral Health specialist, several local physicians, and a managing Board of Directors. At full operation, the clinic will be open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday (closed Sunday). Creek Valley is expected to have the capacity to serve up to 50 patients in a single day.
The facility originally only had four exam rooms, the remodeling in June (which was almost entirely donated, equaling about $18,000 in material and labor) allowed them to expand to 7 exam rooms. These rooms include a children and family room, a women’s health and newborn room, and a triage room. The clinic has many relationships with other local healthcare organizations. They are partnered with Intermountain Healthcare, which has a facility in Hurricane, Utah, that can facilitate more complex procedures. Creek Valley will accept Utah, Arizona, and Nevada medicaid, and “will also assist residents in accessing services … that reduce financial barriers to receiving care,” according to the clinic’s CEO, Hunter Adams. He also said that the clinic expects to offer the lowest healthcare rates in Utah.
The clinic is currently accepting donations of all kinds. Donations can be made on the website, through Creek Valley’s Facebook page, or by mail with a check or money order. They are also accepting volunteers, and donations of unexpired medical equipment, furniture, and administrative items. Arizona residents may receive a dollar for dollar tax credit when they make a donation to the clinic, limited to $400 for individual filers and $800 for joint filers. This means for every dollar donated, you pay one dollar less on your Arizona state taxes.
Creek Valley has already received many forms of financial aid; perhaps the most important being the New Access Point Grant (received in September) which made the clinic a federally qualified health center and laid out specific guidelines for the care they would have to provide. Interacting with various government entities and grant writing have been some of the biggest challenges in getting the clinic operational. “It is very necessary to lift these health centers off the ground, but take so much time, research, and dedication to the project,” Adams said of these processes.
The clinic is expecting plenty of growth in the coming years, and Adams is very optimistic about meeting their goals. There has been a great deal of effort to provide healthcare for the community, from the company’s Incorporation in December of 2018, to the ribbon cutting next month; Adams thinks the efforts will be well received and utilized. He says they are hoping to serve 3,000 patients in 2020. Excluding the Centennial Park Clinic, which focuses on prenatal care, there has not been another healthcare facility in the Short Creek area for several years.
Creek Valley Health Clinic –
PO Box 418, Colorado City, AZ, 86021.
By Arya Hammon