A former cinema will become a medical clinic in the south-east
COLORADO SPRINGS – It’s a quiet weekday afternoon at the old AMC Theater in southeast Colorado Springs.
Old popcorn butter machines, quirky rugs, and theater scraps still remain in the building near S. Academy and Fountain Boulevard.
Despite the shutdown over a year ago, people are heading to the theater – this time for a different attraction: a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Lighting the LED marquees in each auditorium is the group behind the new venue: Matthews-Vu Medical Group.
The medical group opened the clinic on Monday, where around 130 people were due to receive the vaccine. The clinic decided to move its vaccination site to the southeast to help expand access to an area with limited options.
“We will be administering a vaccine at any of our sites, but availability and access is important to us,” said Mary Burgin, director of operations at Matthews-Vu Medical Group.
Using the old movie theater as a vaccination site is just the start. Burgin said that next week the site will also include tests for the coronavirus and that in the future it will be the new home of the Matthews-Vu clinic in the southeast.
“Really the possibility of having a quick appointment with a supplier, it’s just not here,” said Burgin.
Burgin says the plan is to move the location by next year as they work on building a medical campus with imaging and physiotherapy facilities.
“We serve around 65 patients a day on average,” Burgin said, “some days it’s 140, other days are 30, it really depends on the need.”
Matthews-Vu opened his Southeast Clinic in 2019 to expand care in the region. Peak Vista also opened a clinic around the same time off Jet Wing Drive.
“We want to go into the areas that have lower access and provide it and it was obvious in that area that they needed access,” Burgin said.
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