New Employees at Blue Mountain Hospital
Blanding more than thirty years ago and spent most of that time working as a nurse in the Salt Lake Valley area, while raising three children, and helping them graduate from high school.
Joni is the sister of Blanding resident Bruce Lyman and she graduated from San Juan High School in 1985. She said she originally wanted to help either animals or people, but after receiving some good advice she decided to pursue a nursing career. After receiving her LPN certification from the College of Eastern Utah, in Blanding, she attended Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), in Grand Junction, Colorado, and received her RN in 1990.
From there, she began working at Primary Children’s Hospital, in Salt Lake. She spent one year in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and nine years in Med-Surge on the Oncology Floor. Joni took eight years off from her nursing career to help her husband Tom raise their three children as a full-time mother. When she returned to nursing, Joni spent eleven years at the Old Pioneer/Jordan Valley West Hospital in the Newborn Level 2 Nursing Unit.
“We always wanted to return home after our children graduated from high school,” Joni said of the decision to return to Blanding. “My baby graduated from high school on May 26, so we decided to come down.”
She and Tom have two daughters, ages 23 and 18, and one son, age 21.
“It’s good to be back,” Joni said. “There’s no traffic jams and no traffic lights. It’s nice.”
Joni will be working as an OR nurse at Blue Mountain Hospital. It’s something she’s not done yet, but she says she’s looking forward to doing something new. In her spare time, Joni likes scrapbooking, 4-wheeling, hiking and water sports.
We’re glad to have her as a new member of the Blue Mountain Hospital team and we wish her well. When you see her welcome her to the family.
Mariah Harris is a native of Monticello, who returned to San Juan County to take a position with Blue Mountain Hospital as a scrub tech in the Operating Room.
A 2010 graduate of Monticello High School, Mariah left home to get first-hand experience living, and working, in other places. She has lived in places like Cedar City, Utah, Sacramento, California, and most recently in Utah Valley, where she worked at Valley OBGYN, American Fork, as a Medical Assistant. Along the way she received her certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and she also found time to work for Wells Fargo Bank, in Blanding for three years.
She said she learned about the position with BMH on Facebook, adding that she enjoys staying connected with friends she hasn’t seen for years via social media.
“I’m so excited about this job,” Mariah said. “I want to learn as much as I can and I think it’s going to be fun. I know a lot of people who work at the hospital already and I’m looking forward to working here.”
Mariah eventually plans to return to college at University of Utah Eastern – Blanding, and study nursing. She wants to get her LPN, RN and maybe even a Masters Degree in Nursing. She said her new job at BMH will help prepare her for her nursing studies.
Mariah is the daughter of John and Kasey Harris, of Monticello, who own the Mountain View RV Park. Her father, John, is also a Deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother. Mariah loves the outdoors and likes to hike, camp and backpack, as well as ride dirt bikes. She also enjoys running and was a runner in high school.
We’re excited to have Mariah as a member of the Blue Mountain Hospital family and we wish her well in her new position and in her future studies. When you see her around the hospital, say hello and welcome her to BMH.