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CMU Partner Supports Behavioral Health Needs Through Collaboration

St. Mary’s Medical Center and their new parent company, Intermountain Healthcare, make meaningful contribution to Mesa County

Earlier this year, students studying to be physician assistants, occupational therapists and physical therapists were the beneficiaries of a healthy investment made by Grand Junction’s St. Mary’s Medical Center and their new parent company, Intermountain Healthcare.

St. Mary’s $3 million-dollar contribution to CMU to build the new medical education center was essential in preparing the future healthcare workforce in western Colorado. This time, the team at Intermountain Healthcare, who recently merged with SCL Health, are working with Mesa County to provide more resources to better meet the behavioral health needs in the Grand Valley.

Bryan Johnson, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s, announced a sizeable donation of $300,000 to the county’s Intensive Case Management Program, which will provide more behavioral health resources for those in need.

“We found that individuals were cycling in and out of jail, and in and our of emergency departments who didn’t need to be there for any other reason but for untreated mental health,” said Commissioner Janet Rowland. “Most communities have trouble getting the stakeholders at the table. For our community to have them at the table and offer funding before they’re even asked is truly incredible and it’s a sign of the wonderful community we get to live in.”

The Intensive Case Management Program will have case managers along with care recovery coaches for those suffering from substance abuse and more. The county expects to have it up and running in August or September of this year.

“This gift is completely consistent with our ethos and I’m really, really proud and pleased that Intermountain is here in Grand Junction and we are contributing in a small way to this wonderful community,” said Dr. Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare.


Written by Kelsey Coleman