Residents, visitors to benefit from donation focused on health and wellness

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center to donate $1 million to Old Town Hot Springs
November 19th, 2018
The pools at Old Town Hot Springs are shown in this photo.
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has established a ten-year partnership with Old Town Hot Springs that is focused on wellness for people of all ages. Photo courtesy of Old Town Hot Springs.

Steamboat Springs, Colo.  (Nov. 19, 2018) – Yampa Valley Medical Center, now part of the UCHealth family, and Old Town Hot Springs (OTHS) have each served the Steamboat Springs community for over 100 years and are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of residents and visitors. Now, the two organizations are creating a strong partnership to provide new benefits for the community and expand health-focused opportunities.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) today announced a $1 million donation to OTHS’s capital campaign, establishing a ten-year partnership between the two independent nonprofits focused on wellness for people of all ages.

“This generous donation by UCHealth provides a crucial and far-reaching investment into the health and wellness of our community and will bring expanded programming, amenities and resources to our stakeholders, including youth, seniors, non-profit partners and of course, a large majority of the residents of Steamboat Springs,” said Stephanie Orozco, executive director of OTHS. “We are excited to work with UCHealth over the coming months to maximize this partnership in order to bring the most value to the community.”

Thanks to the partnership, patients, OTHS members and community members will have access to targeted programming including nutrition and healthy lifestyle education, onsite physical therapy and aquatic therapy at OTHS, use of the indoor walking track for rehabilitation and more. YVMC’s donation will also benefit the dozens of classes and programs already provided by OTHS.

“YVMC and UCHealth have a vision of moving from health care to health,” said Dr. Tom Downes, interim CEO of YVMC. “This includes a wellness focus on individuals as well as the community as a whole. By working collaboratively with OTHS, we can develop programs that will encourage people to live healthier lives.”

The donation comes from the contribution UCHealth made to Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation (YVMCF) when the two organizations came together in 2017.

This is a rendering of Old Town Hot Springs' renovation and expansion.
A capital campaign is currently underway at Old Town Hot Springs. Rendering courtesy of Old Town Hot Springs.

“You’d be hard pressed to find an organization in town that reaches as many people as Old Town Hot Springs does,” said Karen Schneider, executive director of YVMCF. “By supporting Old Town Hot Springs, UCHealth is investing in our local community. Whether you’re exercising, rehabilitating an injury or recreating in the hot springs themselves, Old Town Hot Springs will continue to be a gathering place in Steamboat Springs for years to come.”

“Old Town Hot Springs is an iconic, local organization, and we’re excited to not only support them, but to work alongside them as partners in health,” said Frank May, retiring CEO of YVMC. “We’ve been discussing a partnership with them for over 18 months, and together, we can advance the health and wellness of our community even further.”

OTHS’s five-year $10 million capital campaign, It’s In The Water, is dedicated to raising funds to expand and renovate its existing building and complete necessary pool improvements in order to continue providing quality facilities and expanded services and programming. The campaign is currently at 70 percent of its goal.

About the author

Lindsey Reznicek is a communications specialist with UCHealth who is based in Steamboat Springs.