Officials say 25 more doctors needed in the Valley

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - According to health officials, in the next five years the need for doctors in the Grand Valley could double. And with a national shortage of qualified physicians, finding those doctors won't be easy.

Community Hospital is trying to do its part to help by opening Grand Valley Family Medicine. The refinished building off of Patterson will be the newest extension to Community Hospital.

It will house eight to 10 physicians that focus on family practice and internal medicine. Community Hospital President Chris Thomas says they built the center because the Grand Valley is in need of 20 to 25 more doctors. "Over the next five to six years with retirement of physicians this problem could get as high as 40 to 45," says Thomas.

Aside from hiring doctors for its new clinic, Community Hospital also works to recruit doctors for other clinics in the area. Community Hospital hopes to open the new family practice Nov. 9.

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