During the eight weeks leading up to Memorial Day we will be featuring our eight sponsors, one sponsor a week.
This weeks DWC Sponsor of the Week is Mercy Regional Medical Center!
The first hospital in the Four Corners region was Mercy Hospital of the San Juans, started by the Sisters of Mercy in 1882. Although it had only six-beds and was attached to a boarding school, the small hospital opened to great fanfare on September 1. It was located along the Animas River in what was then an open field north of old downtown Durango.
In 1884, a new building, often referred to as the “stone hospital” because of its native sandstone construction, was finished and the hospital’s name was changed to Mercy Hospital. Major additions took place in 1892, 1931, and 1952, and over the following 50 years, the building, located at 375 East Park Avenue, went through various additions and remodels, while older sections of the facility were demolished to make room for the new.
By the late 1990s Mercy Medical Center was operating at capacity, but unable to expand because downtown Durango had literally grown up around it. Plans were drawn for a brand new facility, to be built in the newly annexed Grandview area of Durango.
In June of 2006, Mercy Regional Medical Center opened. The 212,000-square-foot facility is state-of-the-art, with the latest medical technologies, an attached 153,000-square-foot medical office building, ambulatory surgical center, and plenty of room to expand in the future.
The old Mercy Medical Center building was demolished in 2006 and the land was donated to the city of Durango. The new Durango Library now occupies the former hospital site.
Mercy Regional Medical Center has been a sponsor of the Durango Wheel Club since 2010!
Our local sponsors give us essential financial support throughout the year! Our sponsor’s logos are proudly shown on our website and on our jerseys. In 2012 we have limited the total number of sponsor to eight. Please support our sponsors; they support YOU!
Durango Coffee / Carl Rand
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic / Gaige Sippy, Ed & Patti Zink
Mercy Regional Medical Center / David Bruzzese
Osprey Packs / Tom Barney, Michael Henderson, Brad Bates
Shaw Solar / John Shaw
Ska Brewing / Dave Thibodeau
Zia Taqueria / Tim & Becky Turner
Zuke’s / Patrick Meiering