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New Clifton Health Center 2022-09-19T12:43:55-06:00


Clifton, Fruitvale, and Palisade are considered a “health care desert” even though 21,000 residents are on Medicaid, 238 households quality for SNAP, and there is no primary care in the area.

MarillacHealth will change that.

New Doors to Health Capital Project

Join us on our campaign to build our new Clifton Health Center because everyone in Mesa County deserves access to affordable, high-quality health care

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About Us

MarillacHealth has been serving the community since 1988, earning the designation as a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in 2015. Our professional care teams currently serve more than 12,000 patients and provide more than 40,000 medical, dental, and behavioral health care visits every year. With strong community support for nearly 35 years, and awards for meeting performance and accountability requirements for our operations, MarillacHealth understands the importance of providing care to everyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance status.

About our planned Clifton Health Center

While MarillacHealth provides affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care to those who need it, we saw a gap in available care on the east end of the Grand Valley. Fully half of our patients – 6,000 of them – live in the Clifton, Fruitvale, and Palisade area. With that in mind, and exceeding our patient capacity by 2,000 additional persons several years ago, we knew we needed to open up space to fill the need in the community. Thus began our quest to build a clinic that allowed us to see people closer to where they live.

This proposed new clinic is in addition to our existing facilities, which we plan to maintain for the foreseeable future.

  • Next to St. Mary’s Hospital: 2333 N 6th St., Grand Junction
  • Within Mesa County Public Health: 510 29 1/2 Rd., Grand Junction
  • Within Primary Care Partners Pediatric Associates (embedded dental hygiene): 3150 N. 12th St., Grand Junction
  • Central High School: Warrior Wellness Center
  • Catholic Outreach Day Center: medical services and referrals

Your donation makes a difference.

The new health center will sit on 10 acres of land and is expected to offer 22,696 square feet of exam rooms, dental treatment areas, a new pharmacy with anticipated drive-through lane, new pediatric medical and dental services, a large waiting area, and administrative offices. These features allow us to expand patient care and improve efficiencies with our operation. Projections indicate we’ll serve more than 5,800 current and new patients at this site alone.

Your donation serves as a commitment to a healthy community and comes with tax benefits, including the Colorado Enterprise Zone tax credit for donations of $50 or more.

Projected Timeline

  • Master Site Planning & Design


  • Site Work & Building Construction


  • Open New Care Site



Why is MarillacHealth planning to open a care site in Clifton?

While residents of Grand Junction and Fruita have easy access to primary medical care and even specialty care, the east end of the Grand Valley is a considered a health care “desert.” Clifton, Fruitvale, and Palisade have nearly 21,000 residents on Medicaid (public health insurance), 238 households that quality for SNAP food assistance, and no primary health care. Many residents in this area have significant transportation challenges.

What exactly is “accessible” health care?

Today’s healthcare consumers want and need choices in appointment days/times, after-hours services and clinic sites that are close to home. Moreover, “access to care” refers to Marillac’s ongoing commitment to assure all persons find it easy to become a patient of Marillac and receive the care they need and deserve. 

How does Marillac offer affordable care?

As a Community Health Center, Marillac extends substantial discounts to uninsured/underinsured individuals and families for the medical, dental and behavioral health care services they receive. 

Is MarillacHealth only for people with very low income?

No, anyone can become of patient of MarillacHealth. Marillac accepts private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Marillac offers a sliding fee discount program for persons within 200% of Income Guidelines issued by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. The income limit for discounts is about $27,180 for a single person, $36,620 for a couple, and $55,000 for a family of four.

When the Clifton clinic opens in 2024, does Marillac plan to close its clinic next to St. Mary’s Hospital?

Since 1998, Marillac’s main clinic (next to St. Mary’s) has been the hub of our operations. For the foreseeable future, we will continue to offer medical, dental and behavioral health care at this location. We will always have a presence in Grand Junction.

Since Marillac is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, why is community financial support needed?

It is Marillac’s responsibility to raise the money needed for the new care site. The new clinic is budgeted for a total cost of $13 million with $5 million from grants and contributions. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Marillac relies on community support. Grant funding supports approximately 30% of operational revenue. This capital project will rely on community and other new grant funding. Every gift, large and small, helps us get closer to fully funding this community health center.

How does Marillac impact the local economy and community?

According to Capital Link (2020), MarillacHealth’s health care operations provide 81 jobs directly, an additional 70 jobs in the community, and contribute at least $20.4 million in economic activity each year. New clinic sites always mean more jobs for Marillac and Mesa County, and we expect to add approximately 40 new employees in Clifton.

What is Marillac's long-term vision for Mesa County?

Marillac is focused on Strategic Service Expansion – including access to affordable health care by establishing partnerships and care sites in locations where health care needs are not being met.


Partnering with the community

We listened to the community in sharing their concerns for our original location at the Clifton Community Campus location and appreciate their love for, and desire to keep, the existing playground. Without the community’s valuable input, we wouldn’t be doing our job to serve you and care for you to the best of our ability.

New location is a win for the community and us

With that in mind, we’ve moved our location across the street to the southeast corner of 32 1/2 Road and D 1/2 road. While this land is currently used as a gravel pit, the portion of land for our clinic is no longer in use as a pit operation, and the entire gravel pit operation will be complete and decommissioned within 5 years.

This new location offers many benefits:

  • Preserves the existing park and playground for the community to use
  • Still allows easy access to our clinic
  • Remains nearby to the Clifton Community Campus
  • New 10 acre site allows for more parking and room for expansion
  • We can keep the new clinic to a single level so we don’t block any of our neighbors beautiful views of the Grand Valley

We are grateful that our new neighbors stepped forward and shared their voice for what’s important to them in the community. With 50% of our patients living in the Clifton and Fruitvale areas, we knew we had to “do right” by them. 

We’re looking forward to serving our neighbors closer to home.

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  • Up to 17% report provider not accepting new patients*

  • 32% went without medical or dental care, or didn't fill a prescription because of cost*

  • Up to 22% unable to pay medical bills in last year*

  • Up to 26% had no usual source of health care*


  • 27% went to an ER for a condition that could have been treated by a doctor*

*Source: 2021-2023 Mesa County Community Health Needs Assessment, which had 867 respondents to the survey.


Congressional Spending (Pending)

$2.5 million

New Market Tax Credits (Pending)

$2.5 million

Board Reserves

$3 million

Fundraising Goal

$5 million

Total Cost

$13 million


Kristy Schmidt
Chief Development Officer
2333 N. 6th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 200-1630


To support construction of our new Clifton Health Center, please consider donating directly to our Capital Campaign. 

Donations of $50 or more designated for Capital Projects are eligible for Enterprise Zone state tax credit, in addition to the regular IRS charitable contribution deduction.



What began as a small organization for the uninsured has grown into MarillacHealth, a well-known, dynamic health care organization that provides primary medical care, behavioral health care, and a full scope of dental care. One of 1,400 Community Health Centers nationwide, annually MarillacHealth serves over 12,000 patients from birth to end of life. Warmly welcoming the uninsured and under-insured, homeless and migrant farmworkers, those on Medicaid, Medicare, commercial insurances, and persons of all ages, life stages, cultural beliefs, languages, and gender orientations are welcomed to make MarillacHealth their health care home. The caring spirit that gave rise to Marillac is steady and strong.