Tammy Bonds joins nursing staff

Tamarah (Tammy) Bonds says she was a little apprehensive about moving to a new part of the country, when she and her husband, Dr. James Bonds, decided to accept positions at Blue Mountain Hospital. But after a short time in Blanding she says she loves it. The Prattville, Alabama native is the newest member of the hospital’s nursing staff, a staff she says is ‘great.’ “I’m very impressed with the how versatile the nurses are. […]

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Goal of new UNHS program – PCMH – to improve patient care

Administrators and staff at Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. are developing a new option for patient care that will better serve their patients and involve their families more when possible. The Primary Care Medical Home option is based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) definition of a medical home. This definition includes Patient-centered care, comprehensive care, coordinated care, superb access to care and a systems-based to quality and safety. According to Michael Jensen (UNHS […]

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A Brief History of Blue Mountain Hospital… Still growing, after four years of service

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 […]

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Patient Portal program gives UNHS patients access to their own med records

Patients of Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. can now access their UNHS medical records, and communicate with UNHS staff and providers through a new computer program called the Patient Portal. Patient Portal is a product of InteliChart®, a company from Charlotte, North Carolina. Verlyn Hawks, Director of Health Information Systems for UNHS, said his office has been working with InteliChart® for several months to integrate InteliChart ® with the UNHS NexGen computer system to make the Patient […]

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BMH honors five faithful volunteers

Five exceptional individuals recognized for their generous efforts as volunteers at Blue Mountain Hospital, during a special luncheon at the end of May. Blue Mountain Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer Jeremy Lyman welcomed the volunteers, along with members of the Blue Mountain Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and hospital staff in attendance. He then introduced Harold Lyman, who was instrumental in beginning the hospital’s volunteer program and served as the first Volunteer Director. The other four volunteers honored were […]

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Revina Talker named PA of the Year by PA Association

Revina Talker, Physicians Assistant at the Montezuma Creek Community Health Clinic, has been named the Rural PA of the Year by the Utah Association of Physicians Assistants. Revina received her award during the annual UAPA conference, in Mesquite, Nevada, on April 19. She said the award is a great honor and she’s excited to receive it. Revina has been a PA with Utah Navajo Health System Inc., since October 2008, after completing the PA program at the […]

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Dr. James Bonds joins surgical staff at Blue Mountain Hospital

The newest member of the Blue Mountain Hospital surgical team is Dr. James W. Bonds, a transplant from Birmingham, Alabama, who has fallen in love with the natural beauty and open spaces of San Juan County. “There’s beauty in the blue skies, the mountains and the canyons, it’s quiet and there’s no traffic,” Dr. Bonds says. “In Birmingham it used to take me twenty minutes to get to work, and an hour-and-a half to get […]

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Clinical Pharmacy program wins national award

Blue Mountain Hospital and Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. have added another unique and valuable service to their arsenal of clinical health care options available for patients in San Juan County. Since 2011 the Clinical Pharmacy Program has been working hand-in-hand with doctors and nurses, providing education, medication counseling and coordinated health care treatment for UNHS patients. Patients suffering from various forms of diabetes have especially benefitted […]

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New Director of Clinical Services named at BMH

Cedar City native Kent Turek was introduced as the new Director of Clinical Services for Blue Mountain Hospital, during a hospital managers’ meeting in May. “To say I’m humbled is a gross understatement,” Turek told those at the meeting. Outgoing Director Donna Jensen said Turek’s thirst for knowledge and wonderful people skills were two attributes that made him the top […]

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