• History

  • SET Family Medical Clinics (SET), which stands for SERVICE through health care, EMPOWERMENT through education and TRANSFORMATION by enhanced human dignity, was founded in 1990 by the Sisters of Charity. The Sisters of Charity first established a HealthSET program in Denver focused on serving seniors in low income housing, ensuring their primary health care needs were met.

    This concept was expanded into the Colorado Springs area, establishing what began as ‘Senior Well Being’ clinics and evolved into a medical clinic held in a community center. SET was incorporated and became its own non-profit, recognized in 1992, focused on providing health care to low income, uninsured, and underinsured populations in the Pikes Peak region. In 1993, two physicians in Colorado Springs came forward to volunteer and began providing free healthcare to all ages at the local community centers, setting a precedence on which the clinics are based today.

    In 1995, SET began overseeing the Homeless Clinic at the Marion Soup Kitchen and continues to operate on a part-time basis five days a week during lunch. In 2003 community center services were relocated to the St. Francis Health Center and an official family clinic was established. Most recently in 2015, HealthSET and SET Family Medical Clinics merged to form one 501©(3) still using SET of Colorado Springs, Inc. as the non-profit status.

    SET Family Medical Clinics timeline

  • 1985

    • Wheaton Franciscans, Wisconsin SET begins 1987
    • Louise Job, Former Sister of Charity - Cincinnati, visited SET-Milwaukee, hoping to adopt model of program Serve, Empower, Transform


    • HEALTH SET - Denver, begins sponsored by Sisters of Charity - Cincinnati
    • Well Being Clinics Started


    • HEALTH SET – DENVER see’s market in Colorado Springs
    • Hopes to have clinics in Colorado Springs
    • Barbara Counts, Sister of Charity, is asked to help begin programs


    • 1st Well Being Clinic at Acacia Park Apartments
    • Sister Barbara Jean Krekeler joined staff to run clinic
    • Articles of Incorporation filed and accepted giving it non-profit status in the state of Colorado
    • SET of Colorado Springs becomes autonomous
    • Aligns itself strongly with Penrose Hospital


    • Collaborative move with Colorado Springs Housing Authority and increase number of Well Being Clinics around the city
    • 501 (c)(3) status granted - IRS


    • 1st Medical Clinic started at Meadows Park Community Center with 2 volunteer doctors
    • Gathering Program & Talking Circles (predecessor of Mini-Gatherings) begin for senior clients of Well Being Clinics


    • SET takes over management of the Homeless Clinic located at the  Marian House Soup Kitchen Clinic
    • Begins HIV Program


    • Collaborates with the Life Support Center to provide Bi-monthly Children’s Clinic


    • Visiting Programs begins; Talking Circles change focus and become Mini-Gatherings
    • Barbara Counts, Sister of Charity resigns as Executive Director and hired on Maureen McGrain as the new Executive Director
    • Penrose Hospital pulls out financial  and in-kind support due to financial problems
    • Sponsor of SET changes from Sisters of Charity to Catholic Health Initiative


    • SET begins new medical clinic at Monterey Elementary School, District 2
    • Spins HIV Program off to S-CAP
    • Board of Directors adopts a 5 year Strategic Plan


    • SET Celebrates its 10th Year Anniversary
    • Closes Children’s Clinic and opens Family Clinic at Hillside Community Center
    • Adopts a Holistic Model of Health for Senior Programs
    • Increased Donor Base from 83 to 184 Individual Donors


    • SET consolidated and relocated all three (Meadows Park Community Center, Monterey Elementary School, and Hillside Community Center) clinics to the St. Francis Health Center Building. This clinic was designed to meet the needs of those who are uninsured and underinsured.


    • Full-Time Physician Assistant was hired to provide daytime hours. SET offers (8) Children’s Immunization Clinics per year.
    • SET established the Comprehensive Healthcare Re-entry Program, which establishes a continuum of care that provides healthcare, mental health and prescriptions to ex-offenders in El Paso and Teller counties.
    • SET celebrates 20th year Anniversary
    • SET on Facebook


    • SET celebrates 20 years of service with an Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser


    • SET hires full-time Medical Director


    • SET partnered with Colorado Springs Fired Dept on doing monthly wellness checks at Wal-Mart.
    • Senior Clinic started 6 Shopping Tours
    • SET started various classes and free services -, i.e.: Cooking Matters, Diabetes, Hearing & Vision screenings
    • SET launched online Volunteer Application on www.setofcs.org
    • SET re-launches the Senior Well Being Program 2013
    • SET hires Peggy Herbertson as the new Executive Director
    • SET joins the social media rage and joins Twitter


    • The family clinic and administrative offices move to a new location sponsored by Centura Health
      • 2864 S. Circle Drive, Suite 450 Colorado Springs, CO 80906
      • Began implementation and use of electronic health records at the family clinic (EHR)
      • SET became a part of Centura Health Physicians Group in November
      • Senior Well Being Clinics ended due to limited funding


    • Michael Sie, RN rejoined the SET staff as the Clinic Manager
    • Dr. Nicholas Piantanida hired as the Part-Time Medical Director
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