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3/28/2013 Anonymous donor gives $100,000 to medical clinic

The Custer County Clinic has an extra $100,000 in its coffers, thanks to an anonymous out-of-state donor.

Facilitating the donation and making sure the funds were transferred to the clinic was the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation.

Dave Noble, executive director of the West Custer County Hospital District which operates the clinic, said in a news release, “This is truly an unexpected donation.”

Noble also said he met with the donor in December. “In meeting with the benefactor,” said Noble, “He expressed his support of the grassroots effort to finding solutions to the clinic’s financial situation.”

 “The donor felt this donation re-enforces the actions we are taking to progress forward,” said Noble, “and will allow us to accelerate the work of the clinic in responding to the needs of the community.”

Noble said the donation will go a long way toward the continued plan to make the clinic sustainable.

Additionally, Noble thanked the donor on behalf of the clinic.

The Custer County Clinic, located at 704 Edwards Street in Westcliffe, provides medical services to residents and visitors. Those services include exams, physical therapy, laboratory work, x-rays and ambulance runs.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The phone number is 783-2380.

Emergency ambulance services are available 24 hours a day by calling 911.

In recent years, the clinic has experienced budget woes, and in an effort to turn the clinic around, over the last nine months the five-member West Custer County Hospital District Board has followed a strategic framework that included reworking the clinic’s finances and accounting.