This is one of a series of stories about the 15 nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.
If Stan Hardin hadn’t found Peak Vista, he said he would probably be blind right now. As a Type II diabetic who had lost his job, a lack of health care put his life at risk.
He came across Peak Vista when a physician suggested it could help him since he was unemployed. Peak Vista not only provided him with the medications and doctors he needed for his diabetes, but it also provided him with a physician who helped him through procedures to protect his vision.
“Without healthcare, my life is at risk,” Hardin said. “They are a lifesaver.
According to its website, Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit that provides medical, dental and behavioral health services as well as primary care services to low income, uninsured and underinsured working families or those with other needs in the Pikes Peak region.
Hardin went there about three years ago and used its services for about 10 months. Then he got a new job with insurance, and was able to receive his own healthcare. But then, he again lost his job and reapplied for Peak Vista.
Hardin said that not only does it provide exceptional healthcare, it has a diabetic education program that really teaches patients how to care for themselves.
“They go further than normal healthcare,” he said.
Hardin said Peak Vista is crucial in our economy because it is very important to keep the workforce healthy. He said that the health of the community is a reflection on the economic status of the community, and Peak Vista plays a huge part in keeping those who may be unemployed and searching for jobs healthy.
“I can’t say enough good things,” Hardin said.