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 candidate for the position in a field of outstanding applicants.

“We were certainly impressed with where you saw the hospital going,” Jensen told Turek. “I’m excited to turn things over to you,” she said.

Blue Mountain Hospital CEO Donna Singer echoed Jensen’s comments about Turek, and expressed heart-felt gratitude to Jensen for her tireless work on behalf of the hospital. Jensen began working with the hospital, while still a full-time employee for Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. a full year before the hospital opened. She worked with a larger group to refine the hospital’s policies and procedures in anticipation of hospital’s opening in July 2009. Since then she has worked as the Director of Clinical Services for the hospital.

The grand opening of Blue Mountain Hospital was among the many highlights of Jensen’s tenure with the facility.

“For a long time we weren’t sure it would ever happen,” she said. “But when it actually opened, it was an amazing experience. I also consider our accreditation by the Joint Commission as one of the highlights, but not just because we were given the award. That was the end part. But what was amazing was watching the hospital staff become an amazing group of people, working together. This whole hospital has an amazing spirit!

“We have an amazing staff at this hospital. They work so well together. They’ve had to. With every new program we add it’s just fun to watch them,” Jensen said. Turek said he’s excited to start his new position. “I have the ultimate respect and admiration for Donna Jensen, and working under her for the past year has been a privilege. I’m thrilled to be part of the great organization at Blue Mountain Hospital.”

Turek is a 2004 graduate of Cedar City High School. He served a 2-year mission to Perth, Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and then returned to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Southern Utah University. He started working for Blue Mountain Hospital in March 2012 as an RN. He also worked to implement the hospital’s new Electronic Health Records program and then helped train hospital staff in its use. He also helped program a portion of the system.

He and his wife Alyssa, a 2004 graduate of Canyon View High School in Cedar City, have been married for 5-1/2 years. They have two sons, Nathan 3 and Owen 2. They are also expecting their third child. Turek said Blanding reminds him a lot of Cedar City and the community is a good fit for his family. It also helps that his great-great grandfather was Lehi Willard Jones, brother of San Juan County pioneer Kumen Jones. Although when he came to Blanding Turek didn’t know about this part of his family history.

“When we first moved here I told my mother that it was nice to go to the store and not be related to everyone. Then she told me ‘not so fast,’” Turek added.

Turek said the hardest part of the job will be filling the void left by Donna Jensen and trying to fill her shoes. Jensen has been an integral part of the success of Blue Mountain Hospital, and she will be missed. She was honored by the hospital staff, during a special luncheon in the dining room. Jensen will continue as a consultant with Blue Mountain Hospital, while working full-time with UNHS until October. Then, she said, she will continue in a consultant’s role for both entities. She said she is certain Turek will do an outstanding job in his new pos

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