20 Years of Service to Mesa County 1988-2008
In recognition of Marillac’s 20th Anniversary year, the clinic is celebrating a series of activities designed to thank the many people who have contributed to the clinic’s success.
A Patient's Letter...
We received this letter recently from a friend of the clinic. It speaks volumes about what the clinic meant to this patient. Multiply this experience by hundreds of thousands of times and you get an idea of what the clinic means to the community it has served for twenty years!
No one sets out to be uninsured. When I decided to switch career paths and move to the Western Slope, I knew that I¹d be trading away urban amenities and opportunities for a quieter path through life, but I didn't give much thought to health insurance. I was healthy and adventurous--healthcare simply wasn't something I thought about.
I'm still healthy and adventurous, but I'm older, and over the years, things have come up. I've been genetically blessed with a sound body, so I've spent very little time with doctors on my own behalf--I've spent far more time accompanying other people to their doctor's appointments.
Menopause was the beginning of my adventures in medicine. While I looooove being post-menopausal, getting here was a rough road that took years to navigate--I could not have made the trip safely, or sanely, without medical help.
I've done a lot of different kinds of work since I moved here--only one job ever included health benefits. They just seem to have disappeared as part of the employment package as the years went by. When it came time to see a doctor, I had absolutely no idea where to go.
About that time, Marillac Clinic began advertising a screening program for women going into menopause--I remember the billboards. I wasn't sure, at that point, just what 'menopause' meant, exactly, but I was pretty sure I had it, and it wasn't going well. My body was messing with me in ways that defied understanding--sometimes several times a day. I came close to ripping off my clothing as I sat in a classroom at Mesa State one winter day--temperature changes ruled my life.
My attitude towards our health care system has never been that good--I grew up around it, I knew so many people in it, and I'd worked with political and social institutions that governed and/or controlled health care. I'd spent a lot of time with issues about providing health care benefits to the indigent, so I knew what 'charity' medical care can be like. I never expected to be walking into a clinic for the uninsured--I hadn't expected to travel downscale.
I signed up for the Marillac program so I could figure out how not to kill myself, or someone else, before the next hot flash. I wanted to be back in control of my body and mind again. I was possessed by the Evil Demon Menopause, and I wanted him cast out!!! Yes, I believe that menopause was designed by a man. Go figure.
With expectations low and my pride taking a hit, I turned myself over to Marillac Clinic. It may have been the third most intelligent decision I ever made in my life (after having my daughter, and moving here), and I have been grateful for them every day since.
Why isn't everyone's health care as gracious, comprehensive, reasonable, and intelligent as Marillac's? I don't mean that they're the fanciest, or the quietest (Marillac is full of the sounds of life--if this were Sesame Street, Marillac would be their clinic. The whole world passes through there--GREAT people watching!). You do rub up against humanity there. Personally, I think that helps build up healthy immunities, so I don¹t mind. I have that kind of immune system.
The quality of treatment and care is just stunningly good. I have never been rushed. Never been talked down to. Never been left in the dark, or in the lurch. Never been turned away. I look forward to seeing the staff--their system works smoothly, courteously, and with great humor. And, I can afford it. It isn't free--it's accessible if your income is low enough. Which mine is. There's nothing in my socio-economic background that predicted that I'd one day need the services of a clinic for uninsured people. It was hard for me to walk in there. What if I hadn't? Let's not go there!
Its Marillac's twentieth anniversary, so I thought I¹d take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to all the people behind the clinic, and to the funders/fundraisers of Colorado who have made this marvelous service available to people like me. Yeah--people like me. I¹m one of those people that is served by Marillac, and I'm lucky to be able to say that.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
Early February 2008
Phone-a-thon whereby volunteers call past and current supporters merely to thank them for their support.
Spring and Summer '08
Marillac hosts two open houses, one at the Grand Junction clinic and one at the Palisade Clinic.
Watch for further details.
April 30, 2008
A staff and volunteer appreciation luncheon
May 17, 2008
The clinic hosts an invitation-only 20th Anniversary celebration event at the Double Tree Hotel.