High Plains Community Health Center unveiled its newly renovated and renamed High Plains Family Health Center building with the grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony, prize giveaways, food and tours of the new areas on August 15. About 150 people attended.
Serious discussion for the expansion! of the pediatric building began in 2016 because space was needed.
Shae Emick, Vice President of Operations at High Plains Community Health Center, stated that Dr. Figlio needed more exam rooms because “we have grown so much, we need more room for patients and their families.”
Plans for the renovation were completed September 2017 and construction began October 2017, finishing August 2018. Moncor was the contractor used in the project and HGF Architects were involved with the color scheme and design. The new building has an expanded conjoined lobby for dental and medical, an additional five exam rooms, several offices, a large laboratory and new common area for medical assistants/patient facilitators.
With the new face-lift of the building, a new name was required. Emick said that High Plains wanted a name that would incorporate the whole building, not just dental and pediatrics. The building now takes care of patients of every age in dental, behavioral and medical care.
Susanna Storeng, PA-C will now be homed at the Family Health Center alongside Dr. Figlio.
“Dr. Figlio’s practice is tremendously successful,” High Plains CEO Eric Niemeyer said. With Susanna’s help, we anticipate that the practice will continue to grow.”
Storeng is not limiting her patient panel to pediatrics though. She will continue to see patients of all ages and welcomes her adult patients into the new building.
“I am most excited for the new building to open so that patients may have a new space that is safe and comfortable, where I can continue to strive to provide the greatest quality of health care to my patients and Southeast Colorado,” Storeng exclaimed.
The new technology will better serve the patients of the area. Jean Lunt, a representative of the Board on the High Plains Community Health Center building committee, said the “state of the art equipment will enhance the quality of healthcare for the patients.” She added that the expansion of the building would better serve High Plains’ patients, especially the youngest patients.
“We are fortunate to have a pediatrician to care for our children in Lamar and surrounding areas, Lunt reported. ” It helps patients meet their health needs in one central location.”
Dr. Figlio agreed that the new building would help the patient experience. Dr. Figlio added, “Seeing the doctor is a stressful experience, we can make it more pleasant by providing top of the line facilities.”
“We desire to give nothing but the very best to our patients,” Niemeyer announced. “This new building is our small token of that. We truly regard all of our patients as our family; and nothing is too good for our patient family.”
Dr. Figlio and Susanna Storeng will begin seeing patients in the new facility on September 4, but Sharon Headrick and behavioral health will begin on August 20. Call 336-0261 to be scheduled for your next dental, medical or behavioral health appointment.