In 2006, recognizing the number of suitable sites were finite and dwindling, the Hospital District Board of Directors began working to secure a home for a new facility.

the future of healthcare

The Telluride Hospital District is currently working to secure a 2.6 acre parcel of land at Society Turn for a new home for the community’s health care. Read more below…

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UPDATE: The Board of County Commissioners Approves Genesee Properties Development Application, clearing the second step in a five step approval. The Telluride Hospital District has been working to secure a 2.6 acre parcel of land, within the Genesee Properties, for a new home for the community’s health care.

Wednesday’s approval cleared the second step in a five step process. More here.

A conceptual sketch plan for the proposed Society Turn development. The San Miguel County Planning Commission will review the proposal Thursday, along with a Land Use Code amendment that, if approved, would designate the 20-acre parcel adjacent to Lawson Hill and the Society Turn roundabout as mixed-use. (Courtesy image)

The Current Facility

  • We have outgrown the 10,000 square-foot building built in the 1960s

  • The Telluride Hospital District does not own the land the current facility sits on; further renovation is not prudent

  • To bring the facility up to current Medical, Life Safety, Building and Energy Codes would require increasing the facility to approximately 20,000-square-feet, all without any added patient care capacity according to Mahlum Architects

  • Our facility does not allow for adequate handicap accessibility, or for privacy at check in/out

  • The exam room to provider ratio does not meet medical standards

  • Our programs, services, staff and patient visits have increased significantly since 1978

  • Our facility cannot handle multiple and simultaneous emergencies

  • Separating the Emergency and Primary Care between locations is not cost effective

The Search for a New Home

In 2006, recognizing the number of suitable sites were finite and dwindling, the Telluride Hospital District Board of Directors began working to secure a home for a new facility.

It’s been a wild road and for a time it looked as if Mountain Village was to be our forever home.

Alas, we are currently working to secure a site for a new facility having signed a Memo of Understanding with Genesee Properties [April 30, 2019], regarding a 2.6 acre parcel of land at Society Turn.

The understanding between Genesee Properties and the Telluride Hospital District (the governing body of the Telluride Regional Medical Center) is that both organizations are committed to working together to secure all the necessary approvals for development of the entire parcel.

In the meantime, Telluride Hospital District is creating an application for a USDA program to secure a low cost loan to fund the construction of a new facility; we are defining services through a CAH (Critical Access Hospital) feasibility study; we’re also updating our Business Plan for the project.

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Studies, Reports & Community Involvement

Financial, legal, philanthropic, architectural, environmental, helicopter, safety, traffic and medical experts have all been enlisted to study the feasibility of a new facility from multiple angles

The financial viability of a new facility has been verified by multiple independent feasibility studies

Since 2014 the Hospital District has hosted over 17 public forums to foster transparency and collaboration with the community

Community outreach has also included a Facility Advisory Committee and a Community Advisory Committee

Over 60% of patients come from outside of the town of Telluride (Mountain Village; Lawson; Other) according to the THD Capacity Report (available at

New Facility: Community Benefits

  • A suitable home for our region’s only Primary Care and Level V Trauma Center
  • Additional primary/urgent care rooms and by adding patient waiting areas and behavioral health offices
  • Ability to accommodate modern, efficient and expanded services to our growing region
  • A facility designed to support synergies and collaboration among doctors, nurses, visiting specialists, staff, local health care professionals, pharmacies, patients and families
  • Observation beds, for post acute recovery and rehabilitation
  • Surgical and procedure rooms for endoscopic surgery, colonoscopies, etc.
  • Expanded radiology, MRI, mammography, bone density services
  • Space for diagnostic and therapeutic support
  • Patient friendly location
  • A helipad for emergency transports to save time and lives
  • Enhanced financial stability as a Critical Access Hospital, with Medicare reimbursements will be at 101% of cost – driving down the overall cost of care at the new facility

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