AURORA, COLO. (August 29, 2018) – Metro Community Provider Network, with Pinkard Construction, MOA Architecture, and various community leaders, celebrated the grand opening of the North Aurora Family Health Services at Peoria and E. 37th Avenue in Aurora.
A ribbon cutting ceremony included U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, City of Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, MCPN President and CEO Ben Wiederholt. “Today we are not just cutting a ribbon, but we are also cutting through barriers to providing effective and affordable healthcare to a deserving population,” stated Ben Wiederholt in his opening remarks.
The ceremony followed speeches by Coffman, LeGare, and Rene Simard with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. MCPN Board of Directors Chair and 10-year patient Jean Sisneros gave an emotional, first-hand account of the plight of residents seeking affordable health care, which included regular visits to emergency rooms as a primary healthcare strategy.
Weiderholt stated that the new center will redirect patients away from emergency rooms, with a resulting cost-of-care savings conservatively estimated at $9 million. “And these savings are a result of a mere $1.8 million investment,” he said. Federal funding played a key role in the project’s funding, with $1 million contributed to the total project cost.
Other grand opening festivities included facility tours and a catered barbeque on the front lawn, which was open to all MCPN patients.
Pinkard Construction worked in a design-build relationship with MOA Architecture and owner Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) to deliver the project 45 days ahead of schedule and $80,000 under budget.
The design-build team structure contributed greatly to the project’s success, allowing MCPN, MOA, and Pinkard time to re-evaluate MCPN’s needs and program. Design and programming charrettes with MCPN user groups produced more efficient layouts resulting in expanded pharmacy space, two additional procedure rooms, a shorter schedule, and budget savings during buyout.
Pinkard’s management of the occupied pharmacy renovation was another key to the project’s success. With Pinkard’s implementation of a rolling shelving system, pharmacy staff was able to quickly transport and securely store pharmaceuticals during the long weekend of pharmacy renovation.
The newly renovated and reconfigured space increases NAFHS’s operational efficiencies and capacity by 5,000 persons annually.
In addition to the renovated areas, the facility currently houses three medical pods and a single dental pod, along with health education, care coordination, patient navigation, and administrative spaces.
While the Metro Community Provider Network offers services at eight locations across Aurora and 10 other locations across Metro Denver, the North Aurora facility is by far the busiest, seeing more than 17,000 patients and handling more than 57,000 appointments annually. More than 11,000 of those visits and services are rendered to individuals who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
This project was generously supported through grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the City of Aurora, Anschutz Family Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, and The Colorado Health Foundation.
ABOUT METRO COMMUNITY PROVIDER NETWORK
Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides community and refugee medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, pharmacy, and community based services, including case management, outreach to the homeless, adolescent services, health education, and maternal child health to the more than 53,000 underserved, uninsured and working individuals and families who need health care services the most. MCPN serves a five-county service area, and has one of the largest population bases of any community health center in Colorado.. To make an online contribution please visit us at: www.mcpn.org/giving.
ABOUT PINKARD CONSTRUCTION
With 56 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a trusted name in Colorado commercial construction. Pinkard has completed numerous healthcare emergency medicine and neighborhood healthcare projects for Centura Health, plus projects for Denver Health and Hospital Authority, University of Colorado Hospital at Fitzsimons, DaVita, Quest Diagnostics, Sloans Lake Care and Rehabilitation Center, The Center at Northridge rehabilitation, and numerous other private and public clients. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at www.pinkardcc.com.
ABOUT MOA ARCHITECTURE
Established in 1981, MOA is one of the Front Range’s leading architectural firms, with a portfolio that extends across a range of sectors, including work for healthcare, education, science & technology, and commercial clients. With a history of over 30 years of successful healthcare projects, our team of healthcare designers is dedicated to delivering facilities that support the unique missions and needs of our clients, bringing to each project an understanding of the complexities involved in healthcare design. For more information, please visit our website at www.moaarch.com.