We improve the health of our community by providing equitable and affordable medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare for all.
Founded in 1978, Mountain Family Health Centers is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) system serving residents of Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties on Colorado's rural western slope. Today, 83% of MFHC patients have low household incomes (<200% of the federal poverty guideline), and 42% are uninsured. Sixty percent are Hispanic/Latinx persons.
Mountain Family began in Black Hawk, Colorado, when the area's only physician retired. Citizens formed the Gilpin County Health Clinic, later becoming Columbine Family Health Centers, with clinics in Blackhawk and Nederland. In 1999 a clinic was opened in Glenwood Springs upon community request, due to dwindling medical resources.
As it expanded, Columbine became Mountain Family Health Centers, opening clinics in Rifle and Basalt in 2011 and Edwards in 2014. In the same year, the decision was reluctantly made to close the last remaining clinic on the Front Range due to the decreasing need due to the area's changing demographics and establishment of new providers. During this time period Mountain Family also began providing dental and behavioral health services to fully integrate the provision of health care.
Continuing the expansion to respond to community needs, Mountain Family opened its first school-based health center in 2016 in Avon and five more in Roaring Fork Schools in 2020-21. All Mountain Family clinics are certified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Level III Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Mountain Family is excited to be embarking on a new capital campaign to expanding services in Edwards at Vail Health's new Northstar Center medical complex. Scheduled for a 2023 opening, the new facility will enable Mountain Family to provide fully integrated care and increase the number of patients who can be served by 2,000 patients for a total of 4,800 patients annually.
In Edwards, we're bringing a state-of-the-art health complex to Eagle County in 2020. We will add expanded dental and behavioral health care along with complete primary medical services to provide integrated care. Combining Mountain Family Health Centers with Family Planning, the new Edwards complex will be a one-stop location for health care needs, providing affordable integrated care to 7,600 Eagle County patients per year.
Mountain Family Health Centers looks forward to the next forty years of "Our Family Caring For Yours."
"My husband Cavanaugh and I became Founding Members of Mountain Family Health Centers' Health For All Fund because we know so many folks are struggling paycheck to paycheck with no health insurance. We want to help organizations providing affordable quality healthcare to all. Cavanaugh and I really want to help families, so we give to Mountain Family."
- Blanca Uzeta O'Leary, Donor and Founding Member of Mountain Family Health Centers Health For All Fund
"We are thrilled with the support of our friends and neighbors for both our annual Health for All Fund and the Edwards Integrated Health Center Capital Campaign. We ensure access to health care for the most vulnerable among us. We envision a future in which all persons have access to the affordable, high quality, integrated primary medical, behavioral and dental health care they need for optimal health." - Ross Brooks, CEO, Mountain Family Health Centers
"On Wednesday, I received my first COVID vaccine. I just wanted to thank everyone who was involved in making the appointment, handling the cars, administrating the vaccines, and, most especially, the kind nurses. It was a pleasurable experience." - MFHC Patient
" Finding Mountain Family has been life changing for me and my family. It is so convenient for all of us to receive our medical, mental health, and dental care in one location in Basalt. This includes our family therapy and my individual counseling. And our oldest son can also be seen at his elementary school if he needs to be during the day. Thank you Mountain Family!" - MFHC Patient
"The Mountain Family Glenwood team is compassionate and kind and helps me manage my mental health. They've helped me find shelter and clothing, and I'm glad to be vaccinated today." -MFHC Patient
"The quality of health care by everyone I came in contact with was excellent. I never felt rushed nor did the doctors. They spent more time with me and I paid less then I have at a private doctor's office. Thank you." - MFHC Patient
"La mejor, siempre atentos y con los mejores servicios y personal muy preparados." - MFHC Patient
"…As a new person in the area, I feel blessed to have found them. I had called several offices in Aspen, however, they required me to pay for the office visit, blood work and anything else I wanted up front and then have Medicare reimbursement me. This would have been very costly, possibly thousands of dollars. Because I have secondary health insurance, I am confident that I won't be billed for anything. Basalt office, thank you for taking such good care of me." - Patient
"I appreciate MFHC's role as a community health provider and the quality of staff and care provided." - MFHC Patient