SOUTH FORK — After a year of construction, the Rio Grande Hospital opened the doors to its new clinic in South Fork on Friday, June 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility.

Rio Grande Hospital Board of Directors joined hospital CEO Arlene Harms, Dr. William Moeller, Alcon Construction, and several staff members in welcoming everyone to the new clinic.

“We don’t serve a lot of people here in South Fork but the people here in South Fork have always been huge supporters of us and we know you deserve this new clinic. We made the old clinic work for as long as we could, but this new building will be a wonderful asset to the community we love. Plans for this have been a long time coming and we are happy to bring it to life for you today,” said Harms.

Dr. Moeller was the next to speak and said that he was more than happy with how it turned out and although the building looked like something from Aspen, the clinic itself was going to be the best medical clinic from South Fork to Aspen.

“The other building was falling down around us, but we made it work,” Moeller said. “Now, we have something to offer the community that is a reflection of the medical care you will receive.”

Last summer, the Rio Grande Hospital announced its plans to bring the new clinic building to South Fork and now, with construction complete, it will offer state-of-the-art medical care for residents and visitors to the South Fork area and beyond. Harms released preliminary plans for the clinic in August of 2021 along with the hospital’s plans to create a new wellness center.

Harms thanked all the key players for not only getting the project off the ground but also seeing it to completion. The Rio Grande County Hospital Board of Directors is comprised of Director Dale Berkbigler, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary Emily Brown, Chairperson Tyler Off, and board members Neal Walters, Sharon Nash, Julie Sauvigne, Leah Weyers, Kazie Hayes, and Tyler Hathorn.

Harms also thanked Alcon Construction, Joe Aldrich, architect Lisa Carpenter, RGH Development Communications Officer Eva Timberlake, Adrienne Marcilla, Ted Anderson, Sharon Haynie, artist Karin Slade and many more for their contributions to the new clinic.

The clinic at 52 Jackson St. has six exam rooms and two consultation rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and all the necessities for patient care. The new building is an open floor plan that utilizes natural lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems.