GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO., August 17, 2017……. A shortage of inpatient psychiatric treatment along the western slope of Colorado regularly leaves up to 20 people waiting for care each day. Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, the campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital is addressing this humanistic dilemma with a tremendous hospital expansion to extend care to those in mental health crises.

Representing Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives as Co-Chairman are J. Robert Young, Chairman of Alpine Bank; Dr. Brian Davidson, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital; Beth Slifer, Chairman of Slifer Designs and Rod Slifer, Founder and Principal of Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate.

“We’re honored that these important, community-minded people agree that this project is a critical need for the western slope and have given their names and dedicated time to making this hospital happen,” said Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital President and CEO Sharon Raggio.

For the Co-Chairs, the choice to advocate for Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives was straightforward, “The return on our investment will be the lives of our community members saved,” said Young.

From Left to Right: J. Robert Young, Dr. Brian Davidson, Beth Slifer and Rod Slifer

Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives will provide the necessary

amenities to double the amount of patients West Springs Hospital can treat and will feature a dedicated child and adolescent unit. The calming, safe environment will play a critical role in providing care for our western slope communities at a time when we face a suicide rate that in many areas is four times the national average.

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 Mind Springs Health
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and also assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers 24/7/365 crisis response services, 13 offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City. For more information, visit or


Tiffany Schooley