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Gazette Premium Content SET clinic gets new location

By Ned Hunter Published: May 29, 2013

The SET Family Medical Clinic inside the former St. Francis Health Center will be closed June 6, 7, and 10 as it moves to a new location.

The clinic will reopen Tuesday June 11 inside the Phoenix building at 2864 S. Circle Dr. on the fourth floor in suite 450. The building is near the corner of Circle Drive and Janitell Road.

SET means Serve, Empower, and Transform. The clinic is moving because the former hospital has been sold to an undisclosed investor. The clinic provides medical services to uninsured, and under-insured, homeless and low-income patients.

SET is staffed by one paid physician and more than 50 volunteer physicians and "even more nurses," said Katey Burdick, program coordinator. The clinic is designed to help keep people out of emergency rooms and reduce medical costs to the public. SET's new location is across the street from a Memorial Hospital University of Colorado Health Urgent Care facility.

The urgent care facility can send certain patients to the clinic when possible, which SET officials believe will help save the community more in annual medical costs. The clinic sees about 30 people each day.

"The average ER visit is $1,900," said Jason Jones, Homeless Clinic coordinator. "We estimate we save the community $5 million each year."

The new clinic will increase the number of exam rooms available from two to five, Burdick said. There will also be two health resource computers in the lobby where people can go online to find information about treatments, prescription drugs and health services, Burdick said.

"It will provide health literacy," she said, "so patients can learn about what the doctors have told them and research other topics."

SET receives no federal funding, Burdick said. It is a nonprofit sponsored by Centura Health and funded by individual donations and private grants, Burdick said. Centura owns Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. The nonprofit owns 14 hospitals in Colorado and Kansas, according to its website. The organization employees nearly 16,000 people.

SET's day clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its evening clinic is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Burdick said. The organization also operates a homeless clinic at the Marian House daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It also takes a mobile clinic to low-income senior housing developments. SET asks each patient for a $10 donation per office visit at its day and evening clinics. The other clinics are free. Burdick said SET wants to add a full-time nurse practitioner at its new facility. It also hopes to expand its case manager program and add a mental health division.

SET's new location will make it easier for staff members also, allowing the clinic to combine medical practitioners and administrative workers in the same area. There are three SET clinics in the state, Burdick said. The other two are in Denver and Pueblo.

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Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275.

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