Kremmling hospital changing name
KREMMLING – Kremmling Memorial Hospital is undergoing a name change. District officials have elected to change the hospital’s name to Middle Park Medical Center, Kremmling Campus, to create a more uniform identity for Grand County-based medical facilities. The new medical center in Granby, now under construction, will also be called the Middle Park Medical Center, Granby.And as part of outpatient services the district provides, the Timberline Clinic in Granby is poised to relocate to the 26,000 square-foot Granby facility when finished; it too will adopt the Middle Park name, according to Kremmling Memorial spokesman Eric Murray. Meanwhile, the KMHD family practice clinic in Kremmling, Mountain Valley Medical Center, will simply be referred to as the family practice clinic at Middle Park Medical Center, Kremmling, he said.The facilities are sharing the adopted slogan “Keeping Life Grand,” he said, and district administrators are working on choosing a logo to further brand health care services in the county. In transitioning to the new name, hospital officials will first update the website, then adopt a new logo for all billing and signage, Murray said. The name is a nod to what the hospital was once called prior to becoming a taxing district in 1978, when the hospital was referred to as “Middle Park Hospital.” The taxing district itself, which includes a part of Summit County, will retain its name “Kremmling Memorial Hospital District.””The reason for the name change is two-fold,” said Kremmling Memorial District Executive Director Bill Widener. “The hospital used to be called ‘Middle Park Hospital,’ and we are trying to get rid of the east-west, north-south attitude and bring it all together as Middle Park.”The hospital name change does not reflect any pending changes to the taxing district, according to district officials.”It has nothing to do with expanding the tax district,” Murray said. “There has been no discussion of expanding the tax district.”In 2008, district officials did consider revamping the district by a vote of the people. Creating a hospital sales-tax district would have taken two votes, one by existing district residents and another by other residents who would be included. If one question would have failed, both would have failed. “Economic factors changed by October 2008 and the KMHD board of directors decided not to go to the voters for an inclusion election,” Murray recounted. “The board also noticed that the ballot was going to be crowded in November 2008 and decided it wasn’t the best timing. This was the last time the board ever discused the possibility of district inclusion. It is not part of the plan.”A feasibility study went on to assume the district could manage financing without a restructuring of the taxing district, he said. The district has since created the “Middle Park Facilities Corporation” as an arm of the district has secured the bond funds necessary to build the new medical facility in Granby, thus expanding healthcare options in the county without a ballot vote.”Our goal is to improve access to quality care in our backyard,” Murray said. “It just so happens, most people see our backyard as Middle Park.”
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