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Vail Health's Precourt Healing Center: Bridging the Mental Health Gap in Colorado's High Country

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In the picturesque landscape of Colorado's high country, where the majestic mountains meet the endless skies, lies a region often overlooked when it comes to essential resources, especially mental health care. However, a beacon of hope is on the horizon as Vail Health's Precourt Healing Center emerges to address the pressing need for mental health support in the mountain communities.

Despite the breathtaking beauty that draws visitors from around the world, the high country of Colorado faces a stark reality: the lack of accessible mental health resources. For those experiencing mental health crises, the options are limited, often requiring residents to travel long distances to larger city hubs for inpatient care. This journey is not only physically taxing but emotionally draining, with individuals anxiously awaiting available beds in overcrowded emergency rooms.

Enter Vail Health's Precourt Healing Center, a 28-bed inpatient facility poised to revolutionize mental health care in the high country. Designed to provide swift assistance to those in crisis, this center represents a beacon of hope for residents grappling with mental health challenges. Kim Goodrich, program improvement director for Vail Health's Behavioral Health Service, highlights the critical need addressed by the Precourt Healing Center: "There's a lot of people in the emergency room waiting, hoping that something opens up."

More than just a facility, the Precourt Healing Center embodies a commitment to patient-centered care and comfort. Craig Cohn, chief of real estate development officer at Vail Health, underscores this dedication, emphasizing that "everything goes into patient care." From state-of-the-art amenities like gyms on each floor to outdoor areas providing much-needed fresh air, every aspect of the center is meticulously crafted to prioritize patient well-being.

While still under construction, the Precourt Healing Center is already generating anticipation and optimism within the community. With completion expected in six months and staff poised to receive patients by next spring, this project marks the first step towards a comprehensive mental health campus in Eagle County. Beyond inpatient care, the envisioned campus will offer a full range of mental health support, catering to the diverse needs of the community.

As the sun sets over the majestic peaks of Colorado's high country, the dawn of a new era in mental health care emerges. With the Precourt Healing Center leading the charge, residents can look forward to a future where mental health support is not just a distant hope but a tangible reality, accessible to all who need it.

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