New Employees at Blue Mountain Hospital
Ed York recently left his life of retirement to return to Blue Mountain Hospital as a Medical Lab Technician, after nearly two years away from BMH.
Ed might truly be described as BMH’s renaissance man with a wide range of experiences and knowledge not only in the medical field but in many walks of life. He has been in all 50 states and a half-dozen countries, met several famous people and worked in a variety of occupations other than his chosen field as a medical lab professional. Born on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii, Ed lived in the Aloha State for the first few years of his life. His father was in the Air Force and the family moved quite a bit, eventually ending up in Alabama, where Ed graduated from St. Clair County High School, in Odenville, Alabama.
In 1971 Ed was drafted into the U.S. Army and trained as a combat medic with the 25th Army Infantry, specializing in laboratory work. He earned a four-year degree in Medical Technology from Baylor University in 1978 and studied at Fort Knox, Kentucky in the Advanced Blood Bank Program in 1979.
He later received a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham and just for fun he earned an Associates Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of California. He also helped open two hospitals, while in the Army. The first was the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia and the second was Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Ed notes that he has rarely worked less than two jobs in any place he’s called home. In addition to his Medical Lab Tech work, he’s been a manager at McDonalds, worked as a roofer, run a concession stand in Disneyland, and in food services at Universal Studios. He’s also been a tour bus driver in his native Hawaii.
Ed was trained in the process of freezing blood for blood banks. This skill landed him positions with the Los Angeles Red Cross, training the staff in how to freeze blood. In one-and-half years Ed helped the LA Red Cross freeze 2600 units of blood. While in LA, Ed met Stacey Meeks, who now manages the BMH lab. Following the terrorist attacks on 9-11, Ed was asked to train the team at the Penn-Jersey blood bank in how to freeze blood and his efforts helped create a supply of frozen blood on the east and west coasts.
Ed moved back to Hawaii for six years from 2003 to 2009, until his daughter graduated from Utah Valley University and told him she wanted him to be closer to her family. She sent Ed’s resume’ to several medical facilities, including a soon to open hospital in Blanding, Utah. The idea of helping open a third hospital appealed to Ed and he came to Blanding and interviewed with Blue Mountain Hospital’s HR Director, Gail Northern. Before the day was out, Gail had Ed a place to stay and a commitment from Ed to be the BMH Lab Manager. Ed also taught the Medical Lab Tech classes at USU Eastern-Blanding Campus for several years and hired many of his students to work at BMH.
Ed retired from BMH in 2018 but has agreed to return and work with his long-time friend Stacey Meeks. We’re glad to have Ed back on board at BMH, bringing his knowledge and experience to the lab. We know he will be a great asset to the hospital. When you see him say hello.
Teresa Kelley has recently joined the BMH Lab Team as a part-time Medical Lab Technician.
Teresa was raised in Blanding, the daughter of Richard and Donna Arthur. She graduated from San Juan High School in 1998. After high school Teresa and her military family lived in several places like Germany, Texas and California.
Six years ago Teresa moved back to Blanding and decided to pursue a career in the medical field. She enrolled at Utah State University Eastern – Blanding Campus and originally took classes to become a Nurse. Nursing didn’t appeal to her, so she decided to study for a career as a Medical Lab Tech and she loved it. She said she’s become great at drawing blood.
After graduating as an MLT, Teresa went to work for Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. three years ago. She’s still working full-time as an MLT with UNHS and part-time with BMH.
Teresa has a daughter, age 15, and a 12-year-old son. When not working she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, she also likes to travel and attend music concerts.
We are glad to have Teresa as a member of the BMH family and we wish her well in her new position. When you see her around say hello.
Sara Gurley has agreed to work part-time as an RN at Blue Mountain Hospital, coming down once a month to work in Med-Surg and where ever else she’s needed.
If the name Gurley sounds familiar, it should. Shane Gurley, Sara’s brother, is the Pharmacy Director at BMH. Shane’s wife Mindy is a part-time Nurse Practitioner with Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. Sara was raised in Payson and she’s a 2004 graduate of Payson High School. After receiving an Associates Degree in General Academics, Sara attended Utah State University Eastern, in Price, and earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science Nursing and her earned her RN.
She later worked as the Director of Nursing at Art City Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Springville, Utah. Sara became a Dialysis Nurse in 2015. She also took an online course from Grand Canyon University and earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2017.
Sara and her 13-year-old daughter live in Payson. When not working Sara enjoys hiking, boating and any outdoor activities. She also enjoys traveling. Sara will be at BMH one weekend a month, so if you see her around say hello and make her feel at home as one of the BMH family.
Matisha Holliday began working with the Blue Mountain Hospital Housekeeping Department earlier this month and she brings a wealth of experience to the position.
Matisha grew up in Halchita, Utah and attended Monument Valley High School, graduating with the class of 2001. She worked with the San Juan School District for many years as a substitute janitor and substitute teacher. She also worked in housekeeping at the Four Corners Inn, in Blanding and she worked at the Blanding 7-11.
Matisha’s experience with housekeeping and teaching comes naturally because her father, Clark Holliday has been a custodian with the San Juan School District for decades. He worked in the Halchita Elementary School and now works at the Tse’bii’nidzisgai Elementary, in Monument Valley.
“My dad taught me everything I know about being a custodian,” Matisha explained. “He taught me well and I enjoy that work.”
Matisha’s mother is Joanne Oshley Holliday, a third-grade teacher with the San Juan School District for many years. Matisha said she learned a lot from her mother and that helped her to become a good substitute teacher. She said she owes a lot to her parents and the things they taught her growing up.
Matisha is excited about working as one of the BMH Housekeeping staff. She said she likes the people she’s working with and she has enjoyed learning the ropes from other staff members. In what spare time she has, Matisha enjoys spending time with family.
Matisha will be a great asset to BMH and we’re glad to have her as part of our hospital family. We wish her the best in her new position. When you see her around say hello.