Temporary clinic site OK’d by City Planning
A medical clinic for the poor and/or uninsured has been sanctioned by Colorado Springs Planning at its temporary location in a small building behind a house at 424
W. Kiowa St, Unit B.
The Service Empowerment Transformation (SET) clinic is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. A rotating pool of area doctors and nurses volunteer their time.
Zelna Joseph, the president and CEO of SET Family Medical Clinics in Colorado Springs, invited uninsured people with health needs to drop in if they need treatment. Services are free or a nominal fee is asked. “You may not realize it, but there are a lot of people in Colorado Springs who can't afford health insurance,” she said. “It's a big problem and it's not going away.”
The city looked into the operation, which started last spring, after a few members of the surrounding residential area raised questions about it. A joint effort by Catholic Charities and Centura Health, the clinic had been operating out of the Marian House on the east side of the Bijou Street bridge, but needed an interim site during the soup kitchen's $4 million reconstruction this year.
A bus takes people from the Marian House to the clinic, if needed.
According to Ginna Herring of City Planning, the clinic does not need a special permit because the location has previously had a commercial use (an auto body shop in the '90s) and the clinic has minimal impact on the neighborhood.
One cause for neighborhood concern had been when the interim clinic initially opened and a sign went up describing it as a “homeless clinic.” That sign has since come down (although a brochure SET hands out still identifies the address in those words).
The only permanent sign now (saying “SET Clinic”) is at the back gate, and Herring's understanding is that most clients don't come in cars.
“We will continue to monitor it,” she said. “If it becomes a problem, we will investigate.”
Joseph invited members of the neighborhood to come by “and see what we're doing… We want to be a good neighbor.”
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