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The Center for Mental Health Receives Generous Donation from QHR Health to Complete Planned Crisis Walk-In Center Outdoor Courtyard

January 20, 2021 — Montrose, CO — The Center for Mental Health (CMH) recently received a generous donation from QHR Health earmarked to complete the planned outdoor courtyard at CMH’s Crisis Walk-in Center.

“As a nonprofit behavioral health provider, we depend upon the generosity of community partners, like QHR Health, to fund enhancements to our facilities. This donation will enable us to complete planned enhancements to our Crisis Walk-In Center which provides urgent treatment for individuals who are in crisis due to overwhelming behavioral health challenges,” said Shelly Spalding, CEO for The Center for Mental Health. “The addition of the outdoor courtyard will provide much needed respite for those who are in our care.”

The new courtyard will provide safe, secure, outdoor access to CMH clients where they can benefit from fresh air, sun and the healing power of the outdoors. Currently, CMH clients who may stay for up to five days are unable to safely access an outdoor location.

“Our mission is to strengthen healthcare in rural communities by collaborating with partners to improve access to these services,” said Dwayne Gunter, CEO of QHR Health. “Together with James Kiser, former CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital, we are happy to help people in this region. CMH has proven that the need for mental health care was evident and they created a mental health-care resource that meets the needs of those who live on the Western Slope.”

The Crisis Walk-in Center is a life-saving, urgent behavioral healthcare resource serving the Western Slope’s six-county region. Those needing care may come in any time day or night without an appointment and regardless of their ability to pay. Since opening in the fall of 2019, this location has treated more than 1,000 clients, ages 12 to 90. One element missing from the Walk-In Center is an area where those who are recovering can safely experience the healing power of the outdoors.

With a goal of raising $10,000 dollars for the project, CMH was successful in generating nearly $5,000 from staff and community donors on Colorado Gives Day, $1,000 from Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, $2,500 from Montrose Community Foundation and a significant $10,000 donation from QHR Health more than helped CMH exceed its goal.

“Independent community hospitals and healthcare systems have challenges that are quite different from large, corporate healthcare facilities,” adds Gunter. “At QHR Health, most of us have worked in community hospitals, so we understand the issues communities face. We know the challenges and know that each hospital has its own unique set of demands. That is why the courtyard piqued our interest, it will be a unique but critical part of the healing process.”

This donation comes full-circle for QHR Health, as they were instrumental in the Community Needs Assessment implemented a few years ago identifying the need for a facility like the Crisis Walk-in Center in Montrose. Previously, individuals in crisis needed to travel to Grand Junction or Denver to receive care.

About QHR Health
QHR Health is the industry’s leading health solutions provider serving independent, critical access and rural hospitals and health systems across the U.S. For more than 40 years, QHR Health has collaborated with clients to ensure that people in communities ranging from small rural towns, to larger population centers, have local access to quality healthcare services. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Quorum Health, QHR Health maintains a distinct business model with separate operations and a dedicated management team.

About The Center for Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health is a nonprofit organization seeking to promote mental health and well-being. It provides behavioral health services across 10,000 square miles including Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. Visit www.centermh.org to learn more.

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The Center for Mental Health courtyard
(before project begins)

The Center for Mental Health courtyard
(completed project rendering)