Our History

Peak Vista Community Health Centers has proudly served Colorado communities since 1971. Originally, our center began as an all-volunteer organization − open just two nights a week for walk-in patients. Today, we proudly serve more nearly 84,000 patients in Colorado's Pikes Peak and East Central Plains regions.

For 40+ years, our commitment to reducing individuals' and families' access barriers has never wavered. We continue to build on our founding ideals and expand to meet the changing needs of our patient population. Our history is a story of community support, strong partnerships and dedicated staff. 

 

Peak Vista's Key Milestones

 

• 2015: Opening of the Health Center at South Circle in partnership with SET Family Clinics

­• 2015: Inaugural class of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Fellowship

• 2015: Michael Johnson, JD, appointed as new chief legal officer

• 2015: Health Center at Fountain began hosting free monthly Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

­• 2015: Health Center at Union earned national NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition

• 2015: Peak Vista announces first Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) to open in 2016

• 2015: Hosted eleventh annual Breakfast of Champions featuring keynote speaker Gary Hall, Jr.

• 2015: Due to a national shortage of providers, Peak Vista is no longer able to provide services in the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center

­• 2014: Merged with Plains Medical Centers

• 2014: Openings of Lane Family Health Center and Fountain Health Center

• 2013: Fountain Health Center groundbreaking

• 2013: Family Health Union, Family Health International Circle, Convenient Care Center and Developmental Disabilities Health Center move to Academy site

• 2012: Groundbreaking for new Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences on UCCS campus

• 2011: Pam McManus named President and CEO

• 2011: Partnered with AspenPointe to open Moreno Health Center

• 2009: Received a block county grant for a Homeless Medical Van for homeless outreach into the county

• 2009: Debuted Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado

• 2007: Debuted Refugee Health Center, located at Myron-Stratton Home

• 2007: Established a designated Outreach Department to support Peak Vista’s focus on working effectively with community agencies and helping individual patients navigate health care systems and processes

• 2007: Included as a partner in the new Myro- Stratton Consortium. With a $1.5 million donation from the Myron Stratton Foundation to renovate an existing structure on their property, the new Family Health Center at Myron Stratton was opened in July

• 2006: Purchased 34,000 sq-ft building to expand  Family Health, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Registration and Well-Child Waiting services

• 2005: Established Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation

• 2005: Held inaugural “Breakfast of Champions” fundraiser (featuring Mary Lou Reton and honoring Bishop Richard Hanifen as the 2005 Champion of Community Health)

• 2005: Became accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC)

• 2003: Began contracting for Medicaid’s EPSDT Program (El Paso County)

• 2003: Adopted First Visitor

• 2003: Opened newly remodeled Women’s Health Clinic

• 1995: Became Colorado's first community health center to receive accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)

• 1993: Changed name to Community Health Centers and expanded services to Homeless

• 1989: Opened Health Center at International Circle

• 1988: Opened Homeless Health Center, as the Sierra Madre Clinic, with Federal funding

• 1988: Changed name to El Pomar Community Health Center

• 1988: Began receiving El Pomar Foundation funding

• 1976: Received first federal grant

• 1971: Began as an all-volunteer organization, open just two nights a week for walk-in patients

 

Read our Historical Timeline