The Blue Mountain Hospital Board of Directors welcomed a new member in May with the appointment of Lynn Stevens, who now serves in the place of Ahmad Razaghi.
Stevens served on the San Juan County Commission from 2003 to 2010, and played a pivotal role in championing the idea of a private, not-for-profit hospital in Blanding. He worked tirelessly to make the dream of Blue Mountain Hospital come true. In 2005, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. appointed Commissioner Stevens as Coordinator of the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office for the State of Utah. Stevens is a native of Blanding, who served in the United States Army for 33 years, before retiring with the rank of Major General. He later worked in the private sector for eight years as a vice president for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Today, although retired, he sits on several notable boards, including the Utah Governor's Balanced Resource Council, and the Advisory Council for Utah State University Eastern.
Stevens said he feels good about his appointment to the BMH Board of Directors. He noted that during his time as county commissioner he felt the most important thing San Juan County needed was improved healthcare; even before roads and access.
"I think the performance of the hospital to date is a testimonial of that need," Stevens said. "The hospital is providing a valuable service to the community, but it has not met all the needs yet. We still have specialty services that are not fully provided."
Stevens said what the hospital board needs is a sufficient Blanding representation as a voice to express Blanding's needs, regarding the hospital. He hopes to add that voice to the board as it's newest member.