Valley-Wide Health Systems Inc. (Valley-Wide), a Federally Qualified Heath Center and Community/Migrant Health Center, was established in 1976. Valley-Wide has 12 primary health care sites, seven dental clinics, four physical therapy clinics, and numerous ancillary health services such as WIC, Case Management and Care Coordination, Nurse Family Partnership, Pharmacy and other services. Valley-Wide provides these services in multiple rural Colorado areas including the Arkansas Valley.

Originating in Colorado’s San Luis Valley (SLV), Valley-Wide has expanded its boundaries to reach multiple underserved rural areas in the state and areas that have been threatened with the loss of primary health care services for medically underserved, uninsured, and underinsured residents.

Valley-Wide was established in response to a fragmented primary health care system in the SLV, located in south, central Colorado. Spearheaded by a grassroots effort of local families who had no other choice for health care, other than the regional Hospital Emergency Department, the group organized and became the first governing Board of Directors (Board). Initially operating two primary health care sites in Conejos and Alamosa Counties, the Board purposefully mobilized a quality health care system that would be accessible (close to home), comprehensive, and affordable for all citizens. Forty years later Valley-Wide continues to provide comprehensive, high-quality, safe, effective and integrated healthcare services and has invited the community to celebrate this milestone.

In April of 1997, Valley-Wide was asked by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assume the management of three community clinics located in the lower Arkansas Valley, in La Junta, Rocky Ford and Las Animas.
At that time La Junta Clinic was housed in the annex building of the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center Hospital. Fifteen years later Valley-Wide acquired grant funding to build its own 15,000 square foot facility. Since the opening of the new building in December of 2012, the clinic has expanded to be a major health resource for patients of all ages. Convenient Care service and Dental service have also been incorporated in the clinic to provide more comprehensive care.

In 1997 the Rocky Ford Clinic was located on North 12th Street and shortly after the operational transition, Valley-Wide purchased the Gloria Watkins building located at 903 S. 12 Street. Valley-Wide later (in 2001) incorporated an oral health clinic in response to oral health shortages identified by the community for low-income populations. Rocky Ford Clinic has continually served the community providing family practice, ancillary and full dental services.

In 2008, Bent County Officials partnered with Valley-Wide and pursued CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) grant funding through DOLA (Department of Local Affairs) to renovate and add-on additional space, which included the dental suite, to the existing facility. Bent County had not had any type of dental services for approximately 15 years prior to this. Currently, Valley-Wide provides family medicine and dental services five days a week. This integrated model of care also includes co-located behavioral health services and on-site ancillary services such as case management, care coordination and patient navigation to assure patient-centered care is always the focus.