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 than 94,000 patients in Colorado's Pikes Peak and East Central regions.

For 45+ 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

  • 2019: Celebrated 15th Annual Breakfast of Champions® event featuring Olympian Lisa Leslie

  • 2019: Opened first phase of our Health Center at Jet Wing

  • 2018: Celebrated 14th Annual Breakfast of Champions® event featuring Olympian Apolo Ohno

  • 2018: Homeless Health Center name changed to Health Center at Rio Grande

 

  • 2018: Peak Vista integrates behavioral health care into all health centers

 

  • 2018: Peak Vista receives Delta Dental's Colorado Medical-Dental Integration (CO MDI)
    Project funding, allowing our Pediatric Health Center at Academy to integrate dental health services

 

  • 2018: Pain & Wellness Center is established

  • 2017: Celebrated 13th Annual Breakfast of Champions® event featuring Olympian Amy Van Dyken

  • 2017: Adopted Pediatric Associates, P.C. and renamed to Pediatric Health Center at Academy

  • 2017: Peak Vista re-accredited by AAAHC

  • 2017: Hosted inaugural legislative meeting

  • 2017: Well -Child Waiting areas named to honor Julie Penrose, Spencer Penrose and El Pomar Foundation

  • 2017: Debuted the Grow Your Own Dental Assistant program

  • 2017: Peak Vista becomes a host clinic for the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA)

  • 2016: Adopted Dr. Charles Johnson's practice and renamed to Health Center at Printer's Parkway, 155

  • 2016: Mobile Health Services Van (formerly known as the Homeless Mobile Van) increased its reach by adding 2 new locations; Catholic Charities and Urban Peak in order to assure access to medical care for the at-risk and/or homeless population

  • 2016: Celebrated 12th Annual Breakfast of Champions® event featuring Olympian Mia Hamm

  • 2016: Graduated APRN inaugural class of fellows; four of the five Fellows stayed with Peak Vista in our family health centers

  • 2016: Welcomed Family Medicine Residency program's inaugural class of eight Residents

  • 2015: Opened Health Center at South Circle in partnership with SET Family Clinics (through 2017)

  • 2015: Celebrated 11th Annual Breakfast of Champions® event featuring Olympian Gary Hall

  • 2015: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Fellowship (APRN) welcomes inaugural class of five Fellows

  • 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: Announced first Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) to open in 2016

  • 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 (open since 2009)

  • 2014: Merged with Plains Medical Centers to serve 5 counties in the Eastern Plains

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

  • 2013: Fountain Health Center groundbreaking

  • 2013: Moved Health Center at Union, Health Center at International Circle, Convenient Care Center and Developmental Disabilities Health Center to Academy campus

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

 

  • 2012: Opened School District 49 School-Based Health Center in Falcon Elementary

 

  • 2011: Pam McManus named President and CEO

  • 2011: Partnered with AspenPointe to open Moreno Health Center (through 2016)

  • 2010: Opened the Developmental Disabilities Health Center

 

  • 2010: Opened new Colorado Springs Senior Health Center at 722 S Wahsatch

 

  • 2009: Opened new Homeless Health Center

 

  • 2009: Received block county grant for a Homeless Medical Van for homeless outreach into the county to start in 2010

  • 2009: Debuted Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado (through 2018)

  • 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 Myron Stratton Consortium. With a $1.5 million donation from the Myron Stratton Foundation, to renovate an existing structure on the property, the new Family Health Center at Myron Stratton opened in July

  • 2006: Opened new Divide Health Center

 

  • 2006: Purchased 34,000 sq-ft building to expand family health, pharmacy, laboratory, enrollment and Well-Child Waiting services at 225 S Union in 2008

  • 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: Opened Entrada School-Based Health Center in District 2 in Carmel Middle School

 

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

 

  • 2004: Changed name to Peak Vista Community Health Centers

 

  • 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

  • 1973: Became a community health center

 

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