Blair Kilgallen: Thank you, community, for your support during the closing days of the clinic
Closing words from a Granby Medical Center family member
I think I speak on behalf of Granby Medical Center employees and families in saying Thank You for the outpouring of community support during the closing days of the clinic.
Thanks to EMS for the cake and years of partnership. And, Brickhouse 40 for preparing the special order of pizzas on New Year’s Eve.
As the husband of Rachel Kilgallen, I am grateful to have been a part of the GMC family during the past 17 years. As we all know, this was quite a special group of medical providers. Reflective of all the staff at GMC, Rachel’s dedication to nursing and personal interest in serving our community has been exemplary and will be sorely missed by those they served.
Now that the familiar doors to GMC are closed and the parking lot is empty, many of you have asked what really happened and what are GMC employees going to do?
While we don’t know all that went on behind the scenes, Kremmling Memorial Hospital’s decision to build in East Grand didn’t allow room for two ERs. For the past year, GMC employees were told there would be a merger with KMH/Middle Park Medical Center. So, it was a shock to GMC when its administrative head, Centura, announced the closing of the clinic.
The publicized affiliation is primarily a business arrangement between MPMC and Centura. There was no benefit in the affiliation to GMC personnel. Only a handful of employees took jobs at MPMC.
Unfortunately, most nurses and other medical staff are taking positions on the Front Range or Summit County. Dr. Tim Bohlender was not made an offer at MPMC and will be moving to Gillette, Wyo. Thankfully, one of the community’s other favorite doctors, Jeff Lipke and Karen Charland, N.P. are now taking patients at their newly opened Ten Mile Family Medicine practice.
As extended family of Granby Medical, I will miss “Linda, ER” taking my calls at the front desk and Rachel telling me she is too busy to talk, along with the annual Christmas parties where I got to hang out with Tom, Steve, and Mark. My wife will miss her longstanding relationships with medical colleagues and close patient involvement.
A sense of community is priceless and difficult to achieve whether in work, church or family. It entails respect, commitment to a common belief and persevering together. In the case of work, GMC was a closely knit medical community and, as such, a wonderful gift to all who came in touch with them.
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Editor’s note: The following letter to the community was submitted to the Sky-Hi News by Winter Park Mayor Nick Kutrumbos.