History of Blue Mountain Hospital...Still growing after four years
by Jeremy Lyman
What many believed would never happen, and still more said would never last, has now become an anchor in the healthcare delivery system of San Juan County.
On July 4, 2009 Blue Mountain Hospital officials joined dignitaries from Blanding City, Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and San Juan County in an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hospital. A few days later Blue Mountain Hospital officially opened its doors for business in Blanding. More than a century after Blanding was settled by Mormon pioneers, the city finally had a hospital.
The opening of Blue Mountain Hospital was the culmination of hard work, tireless effort and contributions from many individuals and organizations. Of particular note were local businessmen Pete Black and Dale Slade, who donated the land for the project; Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS), which donated significant funds; and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, headquartered in Towaoc, Colorado, which also donated funds to get the hospital off the ground.
Blue Mountain Hospital, Inc. is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. It is independent of the other mentioned entities, but both UNHS and the Ute Tribe appoint board members to the hospital board of directors. After four 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,
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.
The hospital works closely with UNHS, and its network of four clinics in San Juan County. The clinics refer patients to Blue Mountain Hospital for hospital services, including surgery services. UNHS contracts with many medical specialists, who see patients in the UNHS clinics on a regular basis. These specialists also provide surgery services, as needed, at Blue Mountain Hospital.
After four years of service, Blue Mountain Hospital has proven its value to the community, and is committed to excellence in healthcare for the future. The hospital's new motto is: "Our family, caring for your family's good health."