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Montrose’s Elk Ridge Health is all about caring

Apr 03, 2023 03:56PM ● By Arlyn Macdonald

Exciting things are happening at Elk Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center

The skilled nursing and rehab facility, located just minutes away from Montrose Regional Health at 1043 Ridge St., was purchased by Beecan Health Colorado in 2021. It was recently announced that Beecan will soon merge with Vivage Senior Living to offer a more integrated network of care, greater access to health care solutions and new program options. 

“People are starting to notice a change,” explained CEO/Administrator Anneliese Muhlbauer, who joined Elk Ridge last fall. “My intent is to continue to improve staff and resident care. I am very passionate about it.” 

Muhlbauer’s passion is felt by staff and residents alike. Upon discharge, one gentleman commented, “The staff was fantastic from the young man bringing coffee in the morning to the administrator. They all work together, know what is going on and take time to show they care.” 

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, remarked on the friendliness of the staff as he underwent physical, occupational and speech therapy. 

“They know exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it,” he said. 

In addition to short-term and long-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, Michelle Salstrand, Beecan Health’s Western Slope Director of Operations, said the facility is focusing on rebuilding a dedicated skilled unit. The first fully refurbished residential wing is nearing completion and Muhlbauer is planning an open house where families and community members can tour the facility.

Elk Ridge also offers respite services, and out-patient therapy with advanced medical and therapy equipment. Muhlbauer said the new restorative program offers personalized one-on-one mobility and range of motion therapy for patients who do not quality for full physical therapy.

More private rooms and enhanced common spaces help residents relax and engage. Planned activities seven days a week include, but aren’t limited to, crafts, games and bingo, plus outings to farmers markets, museums, restaurants, movies and more. Spiritual services are also available. 

Muhlbauer hopes to partner with various community programs that will further enhance residents’ quality of life. Recently, residents received free haircuts from students in Technical College of the Rockies’ cosmetology/barber program. 

To learn more about Elk Ridge, call 970-240-9683 or visit

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