New Employees & Volunteers at Blue Mountain Hospital
Tryston Kartchner is another of those Blanding natives, who left town for a time after graduating from high school and experienced enough of big city life to know he wanted to return home.
Tryston is the newest member of the Blue Mountain Hospital Housekeeping team. A 2014 graduate of San Juan High School, he is the son of Eric Kartchner and Cari Spillman, of Blanding. After graduation he moved to Salt Lake City and began working at a summer camp for special needs children, where he worked for three years. While in Salt Lake he also worked as a cashier at Hogle Zoo and at Wal-Mart. He also attended Utah State University, in Logan, for one semester. He said he might eventually return to school but he’s not sure when that will happen. For now, he’s just glad to be home.
“I love being back in Blanding,” Tryston said. “There’s a lot less stress here and I know a lot of people. In the city you don’t get to know that many people. And there’s no traffic. I like that.”
In his spare time Tryston likes to read, play video games and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers, something he didn’t get to do very much while living in the city. He also works at the Blanding 7-11 store, helping prepare the store’s hot food and sandwiches.
Tryston began working as a full-time member of the BMH Housekeeping team on Monday, May 1. We are glad to welcome him as part of the hospital family and wish him well in his new position. When you see him around the hospital, say hello.
Blue Mountain Hospital has a new volunteer with the addition of Brenda Munson, who began helping out the first of May.
Brenda said she found a love for being a volunteer while visiting her father in New Mexico a year ago. She has been going to New Mexico once a year for the past three years to help take care of her father. During her visit last year she met an older man, who told her she could be of help at a senior center if she’d volunteer once a week for a couple of hours. She took him up on the offer and started helping out by serving meals and visiting the senior center two hours a week. When she got back to Blanding, she heard about the hospital’s volunteer program and she thought it might be fun.
Finding time to do her volunteer work was a bit of challenge for Brenda because she works during the week at other jobs that keep her busy. She said she’s looking forward to working as a BMH volunteer. Brenda is married to Milan Munson.
Jacinda Willeto is the newest ER Tech in the Blue Mountain Hospital Emergency Room.
A native of Ft. Defiance, Arizona, she now lives in Monument Valley, Utah. Her journey to relocate in Monument Valley took her to Utah Valley, where she attended Timpanogos High School, in Orem, and graduated in 2012. She worked as a hostess in her family’s award-winning restaurant in Provo, the Black Sheep Cafe, across from the Provo City Center LDS Temple, for several years. She’s also worked in a Health Care Facility for kids with disabilities and at Utah Specialty Hospital.
She has been attending Utah State University Eastern – Blanding Campus, studying pre-nursing. She enters the college’s nursing program this fall with the goal of becoming an LPN and RN.
Jacinda has one older brother and a younger sister and brother. She enjoys riding motorcycles and said she began riding dirt bikes when she was younger. Now she enjoys riding street/road bikes, adding that they are a little safer than dirt bikes. Jacinda also plays the guitar and enjoys running. She ran cross-country and track in high school.
We’re glad to welcome Jacinda to the Blue Mountain Hospital family and we wish her the best in her new position. When you see her around tell her hello.
Megan Orr is one of the new volunteers at Blue Mountain Hospital and she said she is enjoying the experience.
Megan is the daughter of Damon and Codi Orr, of Blanding, and a 2016 graduate of San Juan High School. After high school Megan lived in Utah Valley for a while and worked for Low VA Rates in Lindon, Utah, before deciding to move back to Blanding.
Megan began as a BMH Volunteer in April and enjoys working with Dialysis patients on Wednesday mornings, weighing them as they come in for treatment and again as they leave.
“I love it,” she said. “I like working with the great people, the environment and the other workers. It’s a hoot. It’s really fun.”
Megan isn’t sure what she wants to do in the future, but for now she’s happy as a BMH Volunteer and she said she would definitely recommend the volunteer experience to other people.
Thanks for your service to Blue Mountain Hospital, Megan. We’re glad to have you as one of our wonderful volunteers