New Telluride Medical Center Project


The Telluride Hospital District (THD) has been considering new sites for a medical center for more than 10 years and has been working on plans over the past few years to making a new medical facility a reality. Important Notification: On Oct. 31, 2016, THD sent a news release stating it is withdrawing its application for a wetland permit for the Town of Mountain Village location. The release states that THD is committed to building a new facility and will look for alternative sites. Read the news release here.

TMVOA members have sent us many questions about the THD’s process for selecting a new site, what the new facility will include and what the timeline is for the project. (Click here for a summary of the questions) In doing our research, we discovered there is no single source to easily find documents, records, reports, key events, etc. That’s why we’ve created this web page – so our members and the public can easily find the information they want about this project.

Please check back often for updates and feel free to use the form at the bottom of the page to email us with questions and comments.

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Important Milestones

  • March 14, 2017 –  Last year marked a major pivot in efforts to secure the future home for the medical center. And while a Mountain Village site had so many ideal qualities, in ending the pursuit for the wetland permit for that location behind the grocery store, the Telluride Hospital District board of directors have since gained new momentum from conversations with other regional players, like the Lawson Hill Owners Association and San Miguel Valley Corporation.
  • March 1, 2017 – Telluride Hospital District board of directors have gained new momentum for conversations with regional players, like the Lawson Hill Owners Association and San Miguel Valley Corporation; the criteria for a new site remains the same: The new site must be accessible for patients, ambulance and helicopter; suitable for current and projected needs; available for future expansion; financially feasible with funding mechanisms; and with a minimal environmental impact.
  • Oct. 31, 2016 – THD sends a news release stating it is withdrawing its application for a wetland permit for the Town of Mountain Village location. The release states that THD is committed to building a new facility and will look for alternative sites. Read the news release here.
  • Aug. 23, 2016 – THD sends a news release and makes public the Army Corps of Engineers letter. In that Aug. 15, 2016 letter the Corps asked THD to consider sites other than the Town of Mountain Village location. The Corps also asked THD for more information about the site-selection process. Read the letter from the Corps here. Read the THD news release here. Read the Telluride Daily Planet story here.
  • Aug. 19, 2016 – THD Board announces it has received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the wetlands application for TMV site during its board meeting.
  • Aug. 11, 2016 – TMVOA hosts public meeting with John Gardner so he can explain what the new medical center is and answer questions.  Watch the video. The meeting is covered by the Telluride Daily Planet. The story can be found here.
  • Aug. 11, 2016 –  At the public meeting Mr. Gardner indicates the THD is willing to reopen the site selection process stating  that if the community has ideas on other site solutions that will work… “bring it to us. We will work with you to make that happen.” That statement can be found at 1:15:58 of the video of the meeting.
  • July 19, 2016 – Representatives from the EPA and Army of Corps of Engineers visit the proposed Mountain Village medical center site and wetlands mitigation site(s).
  • May 3, 2016 – THD announces results of board election. Source: THD news release.
  • April 5, 2016 – John Gardner is announced as the new CEO of the Telluride Regional Medical Center. He starts in early June and becomes the face of the new medical center project. Source: Telluride Daily Planet story.
  • June 18, 2015 – Elected leaders, THD board members and consultants meet to discuss options to pay for the new medical center. The group unofficially (it didn’t have decision-making authority) decides against asking voters to approve a general obligation bond. The Telluride Daily Planet reports that TMV Mayor Dan Jansen said that bringing a bond to a public vote was risky because many in the community do not agree with the board’s decision to build the new medical center in Mountain Village instead of Telluride. Source: Telluride Daily planet story.
  • June 2015 – TMV conveys land for proposed medical center site to THD. Source: Referenced in April 2016 THD news release.
  • Feb. 9, 2015 – THD applies for permit to build on wetlands on the site of the proposed medical center. Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. 
  • Dec. 11, 2014 – TMV town council votes to convey proposed medical center site to THD. Source: TMV Town Council records.
  • Nov. 7, 2014 – THD announces it has chosen the Mountain Village site.  The THD news release states: “After years of negotiations, vetting, evaluations, elections and occasional controversy …” Source: THD news release.
  • Sept. 22, 2014 – THD Board President Larry Mallard tells the Telluride Daily Planet that ” it appears that the Town of Telluride has lost a lengthy battle to keep Lot B of the Pearl Property in consideration as a site for the new facility.” Read the story here.
  • Sept. 18, 2014 – According to the Telluride Daily Planet “During a public forum at the Sheridan Opera House, the THD officially named lots H & I, the site offered by the Lawson Hill Property Owners Association, and the site offered by the Town of Mountain Village near Town Hall, as the only two sites it will consider for the new medical center. Read the story here. 
  • August 29, 2014 – THD selects Mountain Village site and enters into negotiations. The decision to locate the medical center in Mountain Village is controversial. Source: THD.
  • June 18, 2014 – Town of Mountain Village (TMV) submits proposal to locate the new medical center in Mountain Village. TMV says it will donate the land for the center, pay for a wetlands mitigation plan and implementation, pay for road and intersection improvements, and contribute another $1.3 million by waiving and/or reimbursing approximately $600,000 of construction and other fees and forgiving $800,000 in parking fees.  Source:  TMV proposal to THD. Here is the specific page.
  • March 2014 – THD issues request for proposals for sites for new medical center. Source: THD.
  • 2006 – Telluride Hospital District (THD) begins search for new location. Source: THD.

New and Coming Events

  • Update From U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    At its Aug. 19 meeting the THD Board announces it has received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the wetlands application for TMV site during its board meeting.
  • TMV Council Meetings
    • October 13, 8:30a (Special Town Council Meeting)
    • October 20, 8:30a – 3:30p
    • November 17, 8:30a – 3:30p
    • December 8, 8:30a

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