The emergency medical clinic at Durango Mountain Resort is expanding the number of days it will be open starting
Memorial Day weekend, Paul Gibson, director of emergency services at Mercy Regional Medical Center, said Friday.
The clinic, which has opened during the summer in the past, but not every day, this year will operate seven days a week
just like it does during ski season.
We were a ski-season clinic for more than 20 years," Gibson said. We're more than that now."
The clinic, which is five minutes away from a Durango Fire & Rescue Authority station and has a place to land a
helicopter, is the center of an expanding service area that stretches from the south end of the Animas Valley to
Silverton, Gibson said.
We're in the process of making our prices competitive with other emergency clinics," Gibson said.
A nurse practitioner and a radiologic technician who staff the clinic can provide first-responder treatment for a
variety of complaints, Mercy spokesman David Bruzzese said. Visitors can find relief for altitude sickness, hikers and
cyclists can get minor injuries repaired, and area residents can be treated for strep throat or have a job-related
physical examination done, Bruzzese said.
Limited laboratory work - blood draws, urine analysis and throat cultures - is available, as are X-rays. Although blood
is sent to the hospital for analysis, X-rays taken at the clinic can be viewed immediately by emergency room doctors or
orthopedic surgeons via digital diagnostic imaging, Bruzzese said.
The clinic sees 150 patients a month during ski season, Bruzzese said. In June and July 2009, the clinic had 60 and 75
patients, respectively, he said.
In the shoulder season, the interval between the ski season and summer activities, visitors should be able to be seen
immediately, Bruzzese said.