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Antonito celebrates new clinic on Friday

Posted: Saturday, Jan 26th, 2013

Father Sergio of the St. Augustine Church reads a blessing and sprinkles a blessing over the new clinic. Conejos County Hospital CEO Henry Garvin speaks during the opening reception. At left is Conejos County Hospital Board President Jan Gay, and Brian Jackson, PA-C, is in the center. Courtesy photos by Lisa Marlin

Courier staff writer

ANTONTIO — Doctor Brian Jackson welcomed a building full of people to his new clinic on Friday.

Former nurses who worked in the building when it was located in La Jara took a tour of the building with Conejos Hospital CEO Henry Garvin prior to the opening ceremony.

“Wow, it’s amazing what a little title, carpet and paint can do,” said one worker. “Yeah, it’s like when a women puts on makeup and looks completely different,” said another former worker. The two women now work on the second floor of the La Jara Clinic located by the bank.

Garvin gave a tour of the rest of the building and explained that the two exam rooms and office on the east half of the building were for Doctor Dan Talier, who will be starting next Monday.

The two exam rooms and office on the west side of the building are where Dr. Jackson is now seeing his patients.

“I have an appointment with Brian next week and I can’t wait to be seen in his new clinic, I’m so excited,” said Rita Martinez a long-time patient of Dr. Jackson.

Garvin mentioned that an unused room in the building may be a good spot for a chiropractor. He plans on exploring that possibility in the near future.

Conejos County Commissioners Steve McCarroll and Mitch Jarvies expressed their excitement about the new clinic as well.

“They needed this building, it’s well deserved and it’s a big improvement for them and for the town,” said Jarvies.

Father Sergio, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, blessed the new clinic and said a prayer for the doctors and their staff, and for the sick that will be seeking care there. After his blessing Dr. Jackson thanked Father Sergio and said, “Medicine is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, so I really appreciate that blessing.”

Jackson also thanked his staff, his nurses and receptionists, the Antonito town board, the Conejos County Commissioners, Garvin, and all his patients.

“The most impressive thing for me is having a window in my room. It makes me want to practice better,” said Jackson.

He confessed that a few years ago he was so down and disappointed with his old building that he seriously considered walking away from medicine. His wife encouraged him to hang in there and now Jackson said he is glad he did.

Comments from many visitors to the open house were that it’s a beautiful building and a nice addition to the town.

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