About UMC

Uncompahgre Medical Center is committed to providing Quality, Cost Effective, Accessible healthcare to all in the San Miguel River Basin.

Uncompahgre Medical Center is a non-profit, independent medical center managed by a community board of directors. first became a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in 1979. is a Frontier Clinic servicing one of the most remote areas in the United States



Uncompahgre Medical Center does not deny health care based on financial limitations

As one of only a few federally-qualified Community Health Centers on the Western Slope, UMC is dedicated to ensuring that all patients receive quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. We work with patients to determine what they can afford, establish relationships with specialists, and enroll them in programs to offset costs. At the Uncompahgre Medical Center, we are sensitive to rising healthcare costs, including that of healthcare insurance, which can be priced out-of-reach for some families. Healthcare shouldn’t be a luxury, and we strive to make our services affordable.

Numbers Speak For Themselves!

Patients Served
4800 +

Being managed by a board of directors means the community makes the decisions regarding services.

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) include all organizations receiving grants under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS). FQHCs qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other benefits. FQHCs must serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and have a governing board of directors. Certain tribal organizations and FQHC Look-Alikes (an organization that meets PHS Section 330 eligibility requirements, but does not receive grant funding) also may receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Frontier areas are the most remote and geographically isolated areas in the United States with a population density of 6 or fewer persons per square mile within the service area. These areas are usually sparsely populated and face extreme distances and travel time to services of any kind. Frontier communities differ in many ways, but all of them are sparsely populated and far from larger population centers.

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