On Saturday, August 14, the Gunnison Valley Health Urgent Care Clinic is
throwing a party for the community to celebrate their first year of operation.
The celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the clinic
at 707 N. Iowa Street and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities.
Gunnison Valley Health CEO, Rob Santilli, said that the event is the health
system’s way of thanking the Gunnison community for a wonderful
“We are so grateful for the support and trust that the entire Gunnison
community continues to place in us,” Santilli said. “This
first year has been a whirlwind. We weren’t sure what to expect
because of COVID-19, but are thrilled to have more and more residents
and visitors coming to us for their health care needs.”
There will be a variety of fun activities happening during the event culminating
with an official cake cutting at 11:30 a.m. Planned activities include
games, music, ambulance tours and a teddy bear clinic.
The teddy bear clinic is a fun way for kids to increase their comfort level
with basic medical procedures in a safe and relaxing manner. Once the
child has picked up their teddy bear, they enter the clinic to check in.
From there they can follow the bear tracks to a variety of stations where
their new teddy bear will receive treatment by Gunnison Valley Health
“The teddy bear clinic is a great way for children to experience
common medical procedures through the eyes of their new teddy bear,”
said Gunnison Valley Health’s Urgent Care Director, Mary Sawyer.
“These clinics can reduce a child’s anxiety about visiting
the medical provider while improving their health knowledge.”
To learn more about the event and the urgent care clinic, visit