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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 89,000 patients in Colorado's Pikes Peak and East Central regions.

For 50+ 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. 

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Peak Vista's Key Milestones

2022

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  • 2022: Opening of Health Center Downtown (replacing the Rio Grande clinic)
  • 2022: Closing of some clinics to maximize short staff resources
  • 2022: Dr. Emily Ptaszek named as President & CEO

2020-2021

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  • 2021: Celebrated our 50th Anniversary throughout the year
  • 2021: CEO Pam McManus stepped down and Dr. Ramey served as interim CEO
  • 2021: Administered COVID-19 vaccines to staff and patients
  • 2020: Served over 93,000 patients with a staff of 800 employees
  • 2020: Held Live Breakfast of Champions virtual fundraiser
  • 2020: Opened our first stand-alone Enrichment and Counseling Center at Academy
  • 2020: Switched gears for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic: Face masks, hand sanitizer, work from home, temperature checks, temporary clinic closures, some staff furloughs, telehealth availability, drive-through COVID-19 testing, and more
  • 2020: Opened our community-based Family Health center at Mitchell High School as a partnership with Colorado Springs District 11

2018-2019

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  • 2019: Opened Health Center at Jet Wing, providing care to the health care desert in the 80916 zip code community
  • 2019:Our Inaugural class of eight post-graduate clinical training residents graduated from Peak Vista's Family Medicine Residency
  • 2019: Dr. Lisa Ramey named Chief Medical and Dental Officer to replace retiring Dr. Michael Welch who had held the position for 25 years
  • 2018: Our first National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) graduation ceremony
  • 2018: Pediatric Health Center at Academy was proud to receive Delta Dental's Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project (CO MDI) Funding
  • 2018: Pain and Wellness Center introduced at 340 Printers Parkway (through 2021)
  • 2018: Homeless Health Center name changed to Health Center at Rio Grande (through 2022)
  • 2018: Peak Vista integrates behavioral health care into all health centers

2015-2017

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  • 2017: Adopted Pediatric Associates, P.C. and renamed to Pediatric Health Center at Academy (through 2022)
  • 2017: Well-Child Waiting areas named to honor Julie Penrose, Spencer Penrose, and El Pomar Foundation
  • 2016: Adopted Dr. Charles Johnson's practice and renamed to Health Center at 155 Printer's Parkway
  • 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 Cinics (through 2017)
  • 2015: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Fellowship (APRN) welcomed inaugural class of five Fellows
  • 2015: Served almost 84,000 patients with a staff of 785 employees
  • 2015: Health Center at Fountain begins hosting free monthly Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (through 2020)

2011-2014

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  • 2014: Corporate address officially changed to 3205 N Academy Blvd, Ste 130
  • 2014: Merged with Plains Medical Centers (est. 1978) to serve 5 counties in the Eastern Plains with clinics in Limon, Strasburg, Kiowa (through 2022), and Flagler
  • 2014: Openings of Lane Family Health Center at 4863 N Nevada Ave and Health Center at Fountain in new building at 350 Lyckman Dr.
  • 2013: Moved Health Center at Union, Health Center at International Circle, Convenient Care Center, and Developmental Disabilities Health Center to 3205/3207 N Academy campus
  • 2012: The Falcon Peak Health Center within Falcon School District 49 opened part time and expanded to full-time (through 2022)
  • 2011: Pam McManus named President and CEO
  • 2011: Partnered with AspenPointe to open Moreno Health Center (through 2016)
  • 2011: Opened the Developmental Disabilities Health Center

2008-2010

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  • 2010: Served over 58,000 patients with a staff of 504 employees
  • 2010: Opened Colorado Springs Senior Health Center at new 722 S Wahsatch building
  • 2010: Unveiled Homeless Medical Van for outreach into the county
  • 2009: Debuted Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado (through 2018)
  • 2009: Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain School-Based Health Center opened (through 2015)
  • 2008: Debuted Logan Refugee Health Center, located at Myron Stratton Home
  • 2008: Collaborative Clinic established with many partners for diagnosis and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS at S Union
  • 2008: Opened Family Health Center, Pharmacy, Lab, Registration, and Well-Child Waiting areas at renovated 225 S Union building

2005-2007

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  • 2007: Established an Emergency Department Diversion program initially at Memorial Central Hospital to educate clients about how primary care improves overall health and reduces the need for emergent care
  • 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 propert, the new Family Health Center at Myron Stratton opened in July
  • 2006: With federal funding, opened new Divide Health Center building at 34 Hybrook Road South
  • 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: Held inaugural Breakfast of Champions® fundraiser featuring Mary Lou Reton and honoring Bishop Richard Hanifen as the 2005 Champion of Community Health
  • 2005: Established Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation
  • 2005: Became accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) NOTE: These three-year quality assurance certifications are continuing to be acheived by us

2001-2004

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  • 2004: Changed name to Peak Vista Community Health Centers
  • 2003: Adopted the First Visitor program to work with parents of children ages 0-3 to teach parenting skills, promote positive care-giving and maternal/child health, and to establish links to other community resources
  • 2003: Received a State of Colorado Comprehensive Primary and Preventative Care Grant (CPCG) funded with tobacco settlement money which would go toward our Clinic Re-Engineering Initiative
  • 2003: Opened newly remodeled Women's Health Clinic at 340 Printers Parkway
  • 2002: Southern Teller County Health Clinic was opened in Cripple Creek (through 2006)
  • 2002: BJ Scott named new President and CEO
  • 2001: Pediatric Health Center was opened on the fourth floor of the Community Health's Springs Center for Women
  • 2001: Opened the Senior Health Clinic at International Circle

1996-2000

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  • 2000: Served over 35,000 patients with a staff of 284 employees
  • 1999: Opened the Fountan Valley Health Clinic (through 2001)
  • 1998: Established first website
  • 1997: Women's Clinic opened in Springs Center for Women with outpatient birthing facility (through 2001)
  • 1997: Management of Silverheels Health Center in Fairplay was assumed by us (through 2001)
  • 1997: Teller County Health Center was opened in Woodland Park, CO before moving to Divide in 1999
  • 1996: Community Health Center celebrated 25th anniversary
  • 1996: Acute Minor Illness Clinic opened, adding weeknight and weekend hours (became Immediate Care Clinic in 1999)
  • 1996: Became a Recipient Agency of the Gazette Empty Stocking Fund

1990-1995

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  • 1995: Served over 21,000 patients with a staff of 130 employees
  • 1995: Became Colorado's first community health center to receive accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)
  • 1994: CEO William North became one of the original founders of Colorado Access, a Medicaid HMO whose membership included every community health center in the state of Colorado
  • 1993: Dental Program received federal funding for indigent school-children and a training program
  • 1993: Changed name to Community Health Centers
  • 1990: Opened a walk-in clinic to treat a greater number of patients

1988-1989

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  • 1989: Opened Health Center, with Women's Health, Pharmacy, Lab, Well-Child Waiting area, and Administration, at 2828/2840 International Circle
  • 1988: Received a $2.5 million grant from the El Pomar Foundation, believed to be the largest of its kind ever awarded to a private, nonprofit health service agency
  • 1988: Opened Homeless Health Center, as the Sierra Madre Clinic, with Federal funding
  • 1988: Began providing prenatal care thanks to a grant from the El Pomar Foundation
  • 1988: Changed name to El Pomar Community Health Center

1971-1987

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  • 1986: Opened a new satellite clinic on E. Platte Ave.(through 1989)
  • 1985: Expanded Wahsatch location to a full two-story clinic with the help of El Pomar Foundation funding
  • 1983: Karen K Marczynski became our Executive Director
  • 1983: Moved back to 722 S Wahsatch due to funding cuts
  • 1982: Was a founding member of The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN)
  • 1981: Received our first United Way allocation
  • 1979: Moved into larger quarters at 1301 S 8 Street (through 1982)
  • 1976: Received our first federal grant and moved into larger space in Health Department at 501 N Foote St (through 1979) with our first full-time staff physician
  • 1973: Renamed to Community Health Center, serving nearly 7,000 patients a year
  • 1972: Received 501(c)(3) status from IRS as a nonprofit public charity
  • 1971: A few local community activists began this with volunteer doctors and nurses as the Colorado Springs Free Clinic, open just two nights a week for walk-in patients at 722 S. Wahsatch