The West Custer County Hospital District Board of Directors oversees Custer County Medical Center and Custer County Emergency Medical Services, our funding and our communities’ health concerns. These services comprise key roles for the Hospital District, which is a special tax district formed by the voters of Custer County to serve our county, our region and our visitors. We provide a long list of services, host visiting providers, promote community wellness and house the Custer County Public Health Agency.
The district dates to Jan. 1, 1988, following its approval by the county’s voters. At the time, it acquired the assets and duties of the nonprofit Custer County Medical Association, which itself formed in 1970, with the goal of establishing a medical office to support a physician. Initially, the district’s rural clinic was in a building at the corner of Rosita and 5th streets in Westcliffe. By May 2000, the Hospital District had completed our Medical Center at 704 Edwards Avenue.
The district has taxing authority, collecting a total of 7.908 mils in property taxes, with 3.5 mils restricted to supporting Emergency Medical Services. Other revenues come from fees and reimbursements.
Board members serve staggered four-year terms, with elections in May of even-numbered years. The next election is set for May 5, 2020, when three of five director terms will expire. Self-nomination forms – available from Ron Terry, the board’s designated election official at 719.783.2681 – must be received by the district no later than 5 p.m. March 20, 2020. Election results will post to this website.
The board meets from 3 to 5 p.m. the last Thursday of each month in the conference room of our Medical Center. You can find minutes and agendas linked below on this page, along with other public documents, information about our board members and their contact information.