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Gunnison Valley Health Urgent Care Invites Community to Celebrate One Year of Operation

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 first year.

“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 providers.

“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