On July 27, 2018, Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. began seeing patients in the new Montezuma Creek Community Health Center, and nearly one later UNHS is about to open its new Blanding Family Practice Clinic.
UNHS officials have set July 26 as the official Grand Opening celebration for the new 42,000-square-foot clinic, in Blanding. According to UNHS CEO Michael Jensen, the new clinic was completed a little ahead of schedule and on budget. It features 32 medical exam rooms, ten dental exam rooms, three eye exam rooms, Behavioral Health offices, a Radiology unit and Chiropractic exam rooms. The new clinic will also have a Pharmacy with a Drive-Up window that will replace the current Blue Mountain Pharmacy inside Blue Mountain Hospital. That pharmacy will no longer dispense medications to the public as has been the case for the past ten years.
Jensen said one brand new service for patients is the state-of-the-art interactive display screens in each medical exam room. These screens have been offered to UNHS at no cost by PatientPoint®. These are educational kiosks that allow providers to explain to patients about their medical conditions and allow patients to use them for educational purposes while waiting for providers.
The new clinic also features amenities for UNHS staff that include a staff workout room for early morning and evening workouts. It features some up-to-date workout equipment and a locker room. There is also a large conferrence room and a lunch room for staff.
Jensen said it is anticipated the new clinic facility will have a similar economic impact for UNHS as the Montezuma Creek Clinic. The Montezuma Creek Clinic saw a $4 million increase in revenue in its first year of operation. He said the larger clinic and additional services in Blanding will mean more patients and more revenue.
The new clinic will begin seeing patients on Friday, August 2 with the same hours as the current BFP Clinic. To accommodate the move to the new clinic, UNHS services in Blanding will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 30-August 1.
UNHS Chief Operating Officer, Byron Clarke said the new clinic’s construction has gone very smoothly and he credits the expertise of General Contractor Korte Company, Project Superintendent Chuck Eubanks and his crew, the valuable cooperation of Blanding City officials and the many local contractors and the workers who helped complete the project on time and on budget.
The community is invited to attend the open house on July 26. A complete schedule of events and speakers who will participate in the event is featured on page 2 of this edition.
As UNHS continues to
grow as a healthcare organization, Jensen says its numbers could grow to over
400 employees in the next year. Clarke said the new 7,000-square-foot addition
to the Monument Valley Community Health Center will be the next project. It
could be done by this time next year.CBF