New Employees at Blue Mountain Hospital
Blue Mountain Hospital recently added two new ER Techs to the roster of hospital employees with local ties.
Justin Nielson was raised in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 2013. He is the son of Jens and Jennifer Nielson. Following high school, Justin served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. Upon returning from his mission, Justin attended Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah. It’s here he got the bug for the health care field, working for Revere Health as an assistant radiology tech/receptionist, while attending UVU. He also certified as an EMT, during this time.
He met his future wife, while in Orem. His wife, Shawnyell, is from Spanish Fork. She currently works as a receptionist for San Juan Counseling, in Blanding.
Justin will be working part-time as an ER Tech. He is also taking classes at Utah State University-Eastern Blanding Campus to fulfill his pre-requisites for entering the nursing program at USU Eastern. In his spare time, Justin enjoys camping, hunting, sports and spending time with family. We wish him well in his new position and with his studies at USU.
Another new face you’ll be seeing around Blue Mountain Hospital belongs to Austin Siyavong.
Austin is the newest member of the BMH Housekeeping Department. He was also raised in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 2015. Since high school Austin has been busy working and raising his family. He and his wife Jazmine have two daughters, ages 4 and 2.
Austin is an outgoing, friendly young man and he’s happy to be part of the BMH family. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family, taking his kids to the mountain and fishing.
Austin is a nice addition to Blue Mountain Hospital and we know he’ll do a great job. When you see him around say hello and make him feel at home.
Samantha Sharpe is the second new ER Tech at Blue Mountain Hospital.
Sam (as she is called) is not a Blanding native, but she married into a local family a few years ago. She is originally from Merced, California, where she was born and raised. After graduating high school she attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she received her Associates Degree in General Studies. She later studied nursing and received her LPN certification. She is now studying to become an RN at USU-Eastern in Blanding.
While at BYU-Idaho Sam also met her husband, Cooper Sharpe. Cooper is the son of Chip and the late Liz Sharpe. After moving back to Blanding a year-and-a-half ago, Cooper went to work for Tri-Hurst Construction. Sam and Cooper have two sons, the oldest is nearly four and the younger is 2.
When Sam isn’t working or going to school, she loves spending time with her family, playing and exploring the San Juan County area. We know Sam will be an asset to BMH and we wish her well in her new position.
If you see Sam or Justin around the hospital say hello and welcome them to the BMH family.
Ann Walker is a 2016 graduate of San Juan High School, who recently completed her studies to become a Radiology Tech through Weber State University, and is now a part of the BMH Radiology team.
After high school, Ann enrolled in the Weber State Radiology program and did most of her clinical work at San Juan Health, in Monticello.
“The medical field is a good place to be,” Ann said when asked why she decided on a career in health care. “I thought it would be cool to work with people.”
She completed her schooling in March and worked at San Juan Health for the past several months. She said for now she will be working part-time, on call, with BMH radiology.
Ann is married to Jake Walker, another Blanding native. Ann’s parents are Kurtis and Kari Pugh. Jake’s parents are Will and Holly Walker. When not working Ann said she enjoys spending time with family, camping and doing other outdoor activities.
We welcome Ann to Blue Mountain Hospital and wish her all the best in her new position.
New faces at Precision Rehabilitation
David Kartchner, DPT
When David Kartchner decided to join the team at Precision Rehabilitation in April, as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, it was like coming home to a place he lived for the first ten years of his life, before moving to Cedar City, Utah.
David is the son of Lloyd and Myra Kartchner, who resided for many years in Blanding. After his family moved to Cedar City in 1995, David attended Cedar City High School and graduated in 2003. He then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. After his mission he returned to Cedar City and enrolled at Southern Utah University, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals, in Provo, Utah, in 2013.
David said he chose physical therapy as a profession because he realized he liked helping people and he was mechanically inclined, so he could understand how the body works. Physical therapy provided that opportunity, he said.
His experience as a DPT includes a brief time working with home health patients and six years working at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home, in Payson, Utah. He enjoyed his time working in Payson, but explained that he and his family lived in a crowded area of Provo, next to Brigham Young University. They were anxious to find a less congested place to live and David longed for an area where he could enjoy the out of doors.
“This was a good opportunity. It was the smart thing to do so we went for it,” he explained about the family’s decision to relocate in Blanding.
He and his wife, Hayley (a native of Cedar City, herself) have five children – three girls and two boys ages 11 through 3. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family fishing and experiencing the outdoor life in San Juan County. David also enjoys hiking and running. He and his wife both like running, and David is a self-described ‘Novice at Ultra Running’. He has competed in two 100-mile running competitions. He completed the 100-mile course at Antelope Island and managed to finish 54 miles of the Wasatch Front 100-mile run.
We wish David all the best in his new position with Precision Rehabilitation and know he will be a real asset to the team.
Shelby Webb began working with Precision Rehabilitation in January as an Occupational Therapist, having finished her OT schooling in August 2018.
A native of Orem, Utah, Shelby graduated from Mountain View High School in 2009. After high school she enrolled at BYU-Idaho to study Exercise Science and earned her Associates Degree. She finished her Bachelors Degree at Brigham Young University, in Provo, before heading to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Thomas Jefferson University, where she spent two years completing her Occupational Therapy training.
“I wanted to do something in the health field and thought Occupational Therapy was a good mix of medical and creativity, working closely with people. It was a good fit,” Shelby explained when asked her reasons for a career in the health care field. “I like helping people do what they have to do in a way that’s easier and safer.”
She enjoys working with Precision Rehabilitation, helping patients during home visits and doing some work in Blue Mountain Hospital.
When not working, Shelby likes to run, hike, snowboard and spend time out of doors. She is also a rock-climbing enthusiast. She was the youngest of four girls growing up in Orem, but now most of her family has moved on to other places in Utah and across the country.
We wish Shelby continued success in her new career. If you see her around say hello and make her feel at home.