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Community Health Needs Assessment

Understanding the health needs of our community and what Gunnison Valley Health is doing to address them

In the fall of 2019, Gunnison Valley Health conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment in conjunction with Montrose Memorial Hospital, Delta County Memorial Hospital, Telluride Medical Center and River Valley Family Health Center. Information was sought from a variety of our community members including representatives from healthcare, government, clergy, business, and non-profit communities, among others. Once gathered, the findings were analyzed and presented to a team of representatives from GVH. The team considered the needs that were highlighted and identified the steps we have taken as a health system to address them. The team also identified potential steps that could be taken or programs that are going to be implemented in the future that further address the key needs.

The 2019 community assessment identified two significant needs that need to be addressed.

1. Mental Health/Suicide/Drug Abuse/Alcohol Abuse

This was a 2016 significant need and the following has been implemented.

  • Gunnison Valley Health collaborated with The Center for Mental Health to bring mental health services to Crested Butte.
  • Gunnison Valley Health and The Center for Mental Health implemented a Peer Support Specialist who mentors and helps those struggle with mental health conditions in both Gunnison and Crested Butte.
  • Our primary care clinics have a behavioral health therapist and we pre-screen our clients to help assess their overall health.
  • As mental health was a significant need in Gunnison, Montrose and Delta - The Center for Mental Health has since opened a Crisis Walk-In Center located in Montrose that offers urgent behavioral health care and substance abuse services 24/7.

2. Affordability.

The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment outlines our implementation strategy. We remain committed to the health of our community and taking active steps to address the needs identified by our community members.

A complete report on the findings and results can be viewed for:

Gunnison Valley Health is proud to serve our community.

Gunnison Valley Health
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-1456