IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– For five years, people living in Clear Creek County did not have access to a primary care physician in the entire county. Now that dry spell is over.READ MORE: Teacher At Dawson School, Da'Jon Tyrik James, Arrested In Student Sexual Assault Investigation
Centura Health cut the ribbon on a brand new medical office in Idaho Springs on Tuesday. The Jacob House, a century-old, single-story brick building, is now home to the medical office.
It took years of planning to accomplish the goal of adding medical services for the thousands of people who live in the area, according to Wendy Forbes with Centura.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Monsoon Moisture Set To Bring Heavy Rain For Many This Weekend
Clear Creek County even added a local commuter bus service to help connect the small communities along the Interstate 70 area, making it easier to access to the new medical facilities.
Prior to the opening, patients were forced to drive to the Front Range or Summit County to see a doctor.
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