A study just released by the health department found one in every five adults in El Paso County doesn't have health insurance. That number is above both the statewide and national averages and its something that makes one local health care center even more critical to the community.
Peak Vista Community Center provides medical and dental care to about 50-thousand people. Mary Lynn Sheetz helped found Peak Vista back in the 70's and she and her family have been patients there ever since.
"We have many children, foster children and adopted children and we've raised all of them through the clinic,” she said.
And if it weren't for Peak Vista, Mary Lynn says she and her family...and thousands of others...would not be able to afford medical care.
"We have patients all the time that tell us that without you guys I would have died...I wouldn't of had access...I wouldn't have been able to see a specialist for cancer, said Peak Vista CEO BJ Scott.
Scott says the center is completely non-profit and relies greatly on the public's support.
"Almost 40-percent of our revenue comes from the community in some way through donations and grants," she said.
Peak vista is still only able to provide healthcare to about half of those who are in need.
The center is holding a benefit next Wednesday morning at the Broadmoor...it's called the Breakfast of Champions...Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton will give the keynote address. For more information on the breakfast or to purchase tickets call 228-6669.
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