The rate of suicide across the western slope and in the mountain communities of Colorado severely surpasses national averages, and the need for psychiatric inpatient care grows every day.

Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives is the initiative to double the amount of people West Springs Hospital, as the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, can treat. The campaign continues to make significant strides as Vice President of Development Roger Sheffield announces an investment of $250,000 from Northwest and High Country Regional Councils, programs of El Pomar Foundation and El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs.

El Pomar Foundation was established in 1937 to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado. Dave Palenchar, El Pomar Foundation Trustee explains, “The care that West Springs Hospital delivers extends beyond providing hope for a single person. Their work impacts families and encourages wellness in our communities. Making an investment in Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives means making an investment in the current and future well-being of Coloradans.”

The expansion will transform West Springs Hospital into a state-of-the-art facility with multiple new features, including a dedicated child and adolescent wing, indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, private rooms with private baths and enhanced visiting areas.

The El Pomar investment brings current gifts and pledges to 60% of the campaign goal, with construction slated for fall 2017 if the goal is reached by summer 2017. Sheffield notes, “The generous investment from El Pomar is a humbling example of the importance of community involvement. They worked diligently to award three separate grants totaling $250,000 which will greatly help us to provide the best care available to each and every person who needs it.”

More information on the Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, the campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, and plans for the new hospital can be found at

About El Pomar Foundation
El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado. El Pomar contributes approximately $22 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.
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Mind Springs Health Contact:
Roger Sheffield

El Pomar Foundation Contact:
Lori Bellingham