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Blue Mountain Hospital and University of Utah Health Care Team Up to Improve Access to Medical Specialists in Southeastern Utah
New affiliation agreement lays out framework for collaboration to ensure residents of southeastern Utah have access to specialists from one of the country's top academic medical centers.
October 6, 2014 – Jeremy Lyman, CEO of Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding, Utah today announced a new partnership with Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health Care that will extend the resources of the region's only academic medical center to the residents of San Juan county and southeastern Utah.
"Health care is changing very rapidly and one key to continued success for a rural health system like ours is finding the right partners," said Mr. Lyman. "University of Utah Health Care has a national reputation as a provider of accessible, high-quality, coordinated, and cost effective care – all the qualities we're looking for in a partner."
The agreement sets the stage for Blue Mountain Hospital to provide enhanced access for its patients to medical specialties. These efforts may include expanded use of telehealth services, or satellite clinics staffed by University of Utah specialists.
The agreement also offers the opportunity for providers at Blue Mountain to benefit from the work the University of Utah is doing around staff development and business efficiency, according to Lyman. "Running a great hospital requires talented healers and talented business leaders. If we are not financially healthy, we can't serve the community. This partnership will allow us to take advantage of both the educational opportunities and operating efficiencies associated with a large, academic medical center."
University of Utah Health Care officials are optimistic that the partnership will position both organizations for success in a rapidly evolving health care environment. "Inherent in our mission as a teaching hospital is our responsibility to share clinical best practices, research advances, and provide our community partners with the educational resources we've developed as a university," said Dr. Sean Mulvihill, CEO of the University of Utah Medical Group. "We want to be a resource to improve the health and well-being of residents from across the Intermountain West."
David Entwistle, CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (pictured above), says the partnership makes sense because both organizations share a commitment providing high quality care. "We recognize that no one wants to leave his or her community when they get sick. The goal of this partnership is to enhance Blue Mountain Hospital's ability to serve the residents the region with high quality care and access to specialty care not currently available," he said.
Both organizations emphasize the affiliation does not change ownership, local control and governance, or restrict patient choice in providers.
About Blue Mountain Hospital
Located in Blanding, Utah, Blue Mountain Hospital, Inc. is an independent private non-profit corporation. Both Utah Navajo Health System and the Ute Tribe appoint board members to the hospital board of directors. After five years of operation, the hospital has grown and expanded services to meet the needs of the residents and visitors of San Juan County.
Blue Mountain Hospital provides Emergency Services, Radiology, Lab, General Surgery, Labor & Delivery, and General Hospital Services. The hospital also operates an eight-chair dialysis center, which is fairly unique for an independent rural hospital, and an in-house pharmacy that features the latest technology in medication dispensing.
About University of Utah Health Care
University of Utah Health Care is the Intermountain West's only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for the people of Utah and a referral area encompassing five states and more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals – University of Utah Hospital; the University of Utah Orthopedic Center; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; and Huntsman Cancer Hospital – with more than 1,000 physicians offering care in more than 200 medical specialties. The system has been ranked among the top 10 academic health systems in the country for the past four years in the University HealthSystem Consortium's rigorous Quality and Accountability Study.
Blue Mountain Hospital's Mission
Blue Mountain Hospital is committed to provide the highest quality healthcare services to the people of San Juan County and all others needing health care services. The Hospital is committed to treat each patient with dignity and respect and to provide culturally sensitive safe care with highly trained staff while exercising financial prudence and integrity.
Blue Mountain Hospital vision is to become a permanent Medical Home for the populations of all communities in southern San Juan County. This goal includes improved access to quality healthcare services in a fully integrated healthcare system that efficiently addresses the health care needs of this critical population and demonstrates, through data, ongoing significant improvements in health of all ages and measurable improvements of disease status of the local people.
Blue Mountain Hospital values the wonderful people and their cultural beliefs and values within the Hospital's service area and desires to provide high quality, safety oriented services and is committed to provide culturally sensitive care.
Blue Mountain Hospital values patient safety, patient rights, technology, education, and training. The Hospital is committed to continuing education, ongoing training and providing high quality equipment.
Blue Mountain Hospital values the input and service of their greatest resource; their employees.