SOUTH FORK — After months of preparation, Rio Grande Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new clinic in South Fork on Friday, Dec. 3.
Hospital staff, clinic staff and members of the construction and design crew gathered at the new location located on Jackson Street just inside South Fork.
Earlier this summer, the Rio Grande Hospital announced its plans to bring a new clinic to South Fork. RGH CEO Arlene Harms released preliminary plans for the clinic in August along with the hospital’s plans to create a new wellness center in the coming year.
“We are building a new clinic in South Fork, and we are really excited," Harms said. "South Fork has been a committed area for us and their patients and even though it dwindled down to very few for a short time, we kept our clinic there open and running. We have been trying to fix it and trying to keep it running as best we can, patch the holes, keep the roof from leaking and it is just time for us to get a new building there.”
The new clinic will be built in a vacant lot near the Old Firehouse Restaurant just east of town.
“At the same time that we decided to build a new clinic, we will be welcoming back a full-time doctor that is committed to the area. We will have a great presence there along Highway 160 and we are just very excited about the project,” Harms said.
According to his bio provided by Rio Grande Hospital, Dr. William Moeller has been in practice for 22-years. He was the chief staff at a location in Grand Junction as well as a board member of Community Hospital. He enjoys fishing, golf, and the mountains. Dr. Moeller is excited to be back in South Fork with his wife Crissy and their two dogs.
The new clinic will have six exam rooms and two consultation rooms with state-of-the-art equipment. The new building will have an open floor plan that utilizes natural lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems.
Rio Grande Hospital hopes the clinic will be open in the spring of 2022.