Residents, Visitors to Benefit from Donation Focused on Health and Wellness
● By Alesha Damerville
Image from Old Town Hot Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Yampa Valley Medical Center, now part of the UCHealth family, and Old Town Hot Springs have each served the Steamboat Springs community for over 100 years and are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of residents and visitors. Now, the two organizations are creating a strong partnership to provide new benefits for the community and expand health-focused opportunities.
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center announced a $1 million donation to OTHS’s capital campaign, establishing a ten-year partnership between the two independent nonprofits focused on wellness for people of all ages.
“This generous donation by UCHealth provides a crucial and far-reaching investment into the health and wellness of our community and will bring expanded programming, amenities and resources to our stakeholders, including youth, seniors, non-profit partners and of course, a large majority of the residents of Steamboat Springs,” said Stephanie Orozco, executive director of OTHS. “We are excited to work with UCHealth over the coming months to maximize this partnership in order to bring the most value to the community.”
Thanks to the partnership, patients, OTHS members and community members will have access to targeted programming including nutrition and healthy lifestyle education, onsite physical therapy and aquatic therapy at OTHS, use of the indoor walking track for rehabilitation and more. YVMC’s donation will also benefit the dozens of classes and programs already provided by OTHS.
“YVMC and UCHealth have a vision of moving from health care to health,” said Dr. Tom Downes, interim CEO of YVMC. “This includes a wellness focus on individuals as well as the community as a whole. By working collaboratively with OTHS, we can develop programs that will encourage people to live healthier lives.”
The donation comes from the contribution UCHealth made to Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation (YVMCF) when the two organizations came together in 2017.
“You’d be hard pressed to find an organization in town that reaches as many people as Old Town Hot Springs does,” said Karen Schneider, executive director of YVMCF. “By supporting Old Town Hot Springs, UCHealth is investing in our local community. Whether you’re exercising, rehabilitating an injury or recreating in the hot springs themselves, Old Town Hot Springs will continue to be a gathering place in Steamboat Springs for years to come.”
“Old Town Hot Springs is an iconic, local organization, and we’re excited to not only support them, but discussing a partnership with them for over 18 months, and together, we can advance the health and wellness of our community even further.”
OTHS’s five-year $10 million capital campaign, It’s In The Water, is dedicated to raising funds to expand and renovate its existing building and complete necessary pool improvements in order to continue providing quality facilities and expanded services and programming. The campaign is currently at 70 percent of its goal.
About Old Town Hot Springs
Old Town Hot Springs, one of Colorado’s premier hot springs, is a historic hot spring and family-friendly recreational facility in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Old Town Hot Springs, an independent, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has been a site for recreation and rejuvenation in the community for over 100 years because of the gift of the Heart Spring, the source of all the healing mineral water for its eight pools. In addition to soaking pools, other amenities include lap lanes, an aquatic climbing wall, massage therapy, child care, and a fitness center with classes cardio equipment and a weight room.
UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth combines Longs Peak Hospital, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, UCHealth Medical Group, Broomfield Hospital, Grandview Hospital, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. With more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.