Letter: Time to reopen Gypsum Urgent Care
First of all, I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the amazing staff at Vail Health for their tremendous effort and leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. As part of Vail Health’s effort to test people for COVID-19, they have shut down Gypsum Urgent Care and turned it into a drive-through testing facility and call center.
As a downvalley resident for the past six years, our family relies on Gypsum Urgent Care for multiple health issues. I have a chronic health condition that requires outpatient lab work once a week. I am so grateful that Gypsum Urgent Care has been able to accommodate my unique needs. I have three young children and we have had our fair share of injuries/ illnesses that require urgent attention.
Over the past few months, I have had to make the drive to Avon Urgent Care for my lab draws. It has been challenging given the COVID-19 situation with having all of the kids at home and then having to make the hour round trip drive, when I live five minutes from the Gypsum facility.
A few weeks ago, my 6-year-old son broke his arm in the late evening. If Gypsum had been open, we would have been able to go there for X-rays and evaluation, but since it is closed, we ended up having to drive 45 minutes to the Vail Health ER with him in tears the whole way.
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Without Gypsum Urgent Care in place, those of us who live downvalley have at least a 30-minute drive in either direction to get urgent medical care of any kind. In my opinion, that is an unnecessary risk for the thousands of down-valley residents.
Now that we have been able to ramp up COVID testing at multiple locations throughout our valley, I would kindly and respectfully ask Vail Health to re-open Gypsum Urgent Care as soon as possible.
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