GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO., February 1, 2017…….The only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City operates at full capacity most days, with a significant waiting list for admission. This means that people in the disastrous throes of a mental health emergency and in need of psychiatric hospitalization are forced to languish in emergency rooms, and sometimes even jails, before they receive the lifesaving treatment they so desperately need.

To save lives, Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, The Campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, plans to build a new, expanded capacity, advanced treatment psychiatric hospital for our mountain communities and the western slope that will be able to care for, in the proper setting, up to twice as many people. To that outcome, Vice President of Development Roger Sheffield is pleased to announce a pacesetter investment from the Colorado Health Foundation of $2,000,000 towards the campaign fundraising goal of $17,750,000. “The need is growing and the Colorado Health Foundation’s investment not only will help more people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place, it also has a large financial ripple effect as research tells us every dollar spent on behavioral health yields up to $10 savings.”

“This capital project addresses an immediate and significant regional health care need,” says Dara Hessee, senior program officer at the Foundation. “It will enable West Springs Hospital to provide high-quality, person-centered, and timely mental health services to thousands of patients annually.”

With the Foundation’s investment bringing current pledges to 56% of campaign goal, Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives hopes to be able to raise the remainder by July 2017 so that construction can begin in the fall.

About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy, investing in evaluation, private sector partnerships and strategic communications. For more information, please visit

Mind Springs Health Contact:
Roger Sheffield

The Colorado Health Foundation Contact:
Taryn Fort