May 14, 2012 7:19 PM by Lacey Steele
A health center opens in Trinidad, and many in the community say it's much needed.
Jay Cimino, owner of Phil Long, bought the Mount Carmel church several years ago.
It was built in 1907 and closed in 1997.
Several did research in the community and found 57-percent leave Trinidad for medical care.
Now the Mount Carmel Health, Wellness, and Community Center is a non-profit organization for mental and physical health, and it's open to everyone.
They focus on body, mind, and spirit, and they even kept the original chapel.
"We're taking baby steps to make sure we're ready, so the patient comes and has a good experience," said Louis Simpleman, Executive Vice President of Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, and Community Center. "That's the most important thing. The patient has to have a good experience."
The staff consists of Dr. David Serafini, a board-certified family physician with 20 years of experience, and MaryLee Biber, R.N., plus a third professional will also be on staff.
The art inside and out stresses the area's culture and history.
Construction continues, and they will soon add a cafe and outdoor amphitheatre to go along with the indoor reception areas.