BMH 10th Anniversary Bash was huge success… Hundreds attend festivities

Blue Mountain Hospital celebrated its tenth anniversary on July 9 with a huge party that attracted several hundred community members to Blanding’s Centennial Park and a homemade mud run obstacle course, where participants got down and dirty.

  BMH staff and administration worked hard to make the birthday celebration a success, and, with valuable assistance from several volunteers they pulled it off. We are grateful to all who participated and helped  BMH recognize ten years of providing quality health care to Blanding and all San Juan County.

  We also extend our sincere thanks to Birthday Celebration Committee Chair Denise Arthur, her committee and all BMH staff and volunteers, who helped in any capacity. They set up tents, served 800 hot dog meals, run the bubble machine and cleaned up at Centennial Park. Others set up the mud run’s obstacles, rooted out rocks from  underneath the mud run’s giant slide and hosed down the various muddy obstacles along the course, as runners made their way over, under and around them. It was a team efforts and everyone seemed to have a great time.

  BMH Chief Operating Officer, Trent Herring, said of the celebration, “I just want to give a HUGE shout out to all those that put together this wonderful event.  It was very well organized and went very well.  I have seen and heard great feedback already. It is nothing short of a true pleasure to work beside all of you at BMH.  Thanks again!!!” 

  In honor of Blue Mountain Hospital’s Tenth Anniversary, CEO Jeremy Lyman offered this statement…

  A majority of the people who say they were “born and raised” in Blanding were probably not actually born in Blanding. Although I have always said I was born and raised in Blanding, I was actually born in Monticello because up until 10 years ago, that is where the hospital was.

  As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Blue Mountain Hospital’s (BMH) opening, it’s amazing to consider the recent growth in healthcare services in the county and those now available in Blanding.

  BMH now offers emergency, inpatient, swing bed, and obstetrics (labor & delivery) care. In addition to these services, BMH has a robust surgery program, with general, orthopedic, ophthalmology, orthopedic, and plastic surgery (each line with a broad offering of services). BMH’s dialysis center offers important services to patients who would otherwise have to travel long distances three times each week for treatment. In addition to these services, BMH offers other ancillary services, such as laboratory and radiology.

  Having these services available in Blanding isn’t just a matter of convenience. For some, it has literally been a life saving proposition. BMH has seen over 20,000 visits to the emergency room since opening.  BMH has also partnered with University of Utah Health to offer tele-medicine services to bring specialists and specialty care directly to stroke and burn patients in the emergency department. In addition to saving lives, BMH has also seen the beginning of many lives, as over 1,200 expecting mothers have given birth here.

  Each month, BMH admits around 35 patients, including about 10 expecting mothers. Some of those patients are admitted to the critical care unit, where they are monitored by a team of intensivists (ICU physicians) and experienced ICU nurses from Intermountain Healthcare, who work through a tele-medicine partnership with BMH to provide care to patients who would otherwise need to been transferred out.

  BMH collaborates with other organizations throughout the community, including key partnerships with Utah Navajo Health System, and support from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. San Juan Health has become an important partner of BMH, sharing a mobile MRI unit, and collaborating in other areas.

  Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing staff, including technicians, nurses, physicians, and front-line employees who do the important work to provide safe, quality care and a great experience to patients and their families.

  All of us at BMH want to thank the community for their support and look forward to the next 10 years!

George Jones (with hose), Reesie Fox (standing C) and Codi Orr (standing L) watch as these five courageous ladies prepare to brave the giant mud slide. They are (L-R) Bridget LaGiglia, Jodene Johnson, Gloria Taylor, Nicole Bradford, and Sunny Suesue. This was a favorite part of the mud run obstacle course from the BMH birthday party.  Staff photo
The bubble machine was a big hit with kids, during the BMH birthday celebration in Centennial Park. Staff photo
Blue Mountain Hospital staff were busy during the 10th Anniversary celebration serving up more than 800 hot dogs to those who came to join in the festivities. Pictured above (Top L-R) Lisha Schell, Deanna Stevens, Kate Black, Stacey Meeks. (Middle L-R) Cari Spillman, Denise Arthur. (Bottom) Gail Northern.
Thanks for all their hard work and the great food. Everyone had fun.
Photos by Brett Saunders

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