Monticello native always wanted to be physical therapist

   Shontol Burkhalter, PT, DPT, is another of the professional Physical Therapists working at Precision Rehabilitation. Shontol is a native of Monticello, who graduated from Monticello High School in 2004. According to Shontol, she knew she wanted to become a Physical Therapist after watching her uncle undergo cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, following a lung transplant. She was sixteen at […]

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Infection Control is top priority for BMH staff

What is Infection Control? Treatment of patient infections comprises a significant percentage of the operational costs of any hospital.  Many patients are admitted with infections or diseases that make them susceptible to infection.  Infection control is the discipline associated with preventing nosocomial or healthcare-associated infection.  It is an essential part of the infrastructure of a healthcare organization.  Infection Con- trol […]

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Debbie Benally shines as example to UNHS EMT’s

When Debbie Benally studied Communications at the University of Utah, she had no idea she would ever work in the medical field or become a valuable member of the San Juan County EMS family. Life is funny that way. Debbie spent her younger years living in the small community of Saw Mill, Arizona, just five miles from Ft. Defiance, near […]

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RN Lisa Young joins BMH nursing team

  Lisa Young joined the BMH Med-Surg staff as an RN in July, adding yet another local resident to the Blue Mountain Hospital family. Lisa grew up in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 1998. She attended nursing school at the College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus, in Blanding, from 1999-2000 and received both her LPN and […]

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Burdett Shumway completes training

Burdett Shumway recently completed a comprehensive, week-long training to become certified to perform maintenance and repairs on Blue Mountain Hospital’s dialysis machines, using Gambro Phoenix System. The training was held in Denver, Colorado, from July 12 – 18. He said the course was extremely focused to make sure those taking the class were knowledgeable enough about the machines to become […]

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UNHS Dental Hygienists keep patients’ mouths healthy, smiles bright

  Before Marsha Curley was a senior in high school she knew her future would include a career in the field of dentistry at some level and she called her shot perfectly. Marsha grew up in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 1999. In her junior year she spent time in a shadowing program with Dr. Paul […]

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UNHS Dental offers local patients more options

By now, most people are aware that Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. has a full-time dental department serving the residents of San Juan County. With dental services available in Blanding, Montezuma Creek, Monument Valley and even Navajo Mountain, UNHS provides top-notch dental care for patients of all ages. However, there are still a lot of people in San Juan County […]

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Precision Rehabilitation has been home to the ‘physical therapy guys’ for years

Precision Rehabilitation has been a staple of the medical community in Blanding, and San Juan County, for nearly twenty years, although the name itself has only been around for the past eight years. The three main providers for Precision Rehabilitation, Richard Ward, Physical Therapist, Alan Ward, Occupational Therapist, and Alon Pugh, Physical Therapist Assistant, originally started working for a company […]

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