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Groundbreaking for High Plains Pediatric Clinic

L to R: Dr. Figlio, Eric Niemeyer, Sonia Grewal DDS, Jim Farmer

 

Expansion work is underway at the High Plains Community Health Center Pediatric Clinic. The construction, to add 2,000 square feet to the building south of the main clinic on Kendall Avenue, will take six months and cost $1M, according to High Plains Executive Director, Eric Niemeyer.   “The adjacent dental clinic will also be expanded so there will be one entrance with extra examination rooms and more space for the staff,” he told the gathering during ceremonies on Friday, October 6th. Seven additional exam rooms will be added including a private breastfeeding room and two receptionists, as well as two play areas for youngsters.

High Plains Executive Director, Eric Niemeyer

The staff will be a little crowded as Dr. Figlio’s offices will be moved to the main clinic during the construction period. Dr. Figlio will see his patients beginning Tuesday, October 10th from 8am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 7pm, Monday through Thursday.  Construction will cause dental clinic patients to use the rear entry door as the parking lot will be closed and signs directing foot and car traffic will be posted.

Niemeyer said there will be two phases to construction, with the first phase including underground demolition, excavation and ground moving. The second phase will call for the new addition to be attached and interior remodeling.  The work is being done by MonCor LLC.

Jim Farmer, Vice President of the High Plains Board, highlighted the history of the clinic, which spans just over two decades. “We started out as a small addition of the main building on the corner of Prowers Medical Center,” he said, adding, “From that time, we acquired the main clinic and expanded to the Adult Care Center and acquired the building that had been used by Dr. Benton.”  Farmer explained, “At one point we were looking at losing all our physicians, those who had been thinking of leaving the community.”  He said, “A number of people combined their efforts, the clinic, the hospital, Jane May, who helped write the grants; all came together to continue and expand the quality, affordable and accessible health care for southeast Colorado.”

By Russ Baldwin

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