Hospital looking forward to another 50 years of service to San Juan County
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by Buckley Jensen

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final installment in our series highlighting the 50th anniversary of the San Juan Hospital. Today we look ahead to the future of health care in Southeastern Utah.)

It is wonderful that there are two hospitals in San Juan in 2010. What a pleasant respite the general public has had this last year as the infighting and vitriol of the 20-year hospital war has waned. Monticello still has a Top 100 hospital which is growing and seems more vibrant than ever. Blanding has a hospital which, by many reports, is doing fine. A decade of hard feelings between the communities may be fading into history.

Today, January 6, the doors of the San Juan Hospital in Monticello will have been opened 24-7 for 50 years. That is a lot of stitching, mending and tender loving care. Hundreds of dedicated medical personnel working there have made southeastern Utah a better and safer place to live. There will be some cork popping, reminiscing, and back slapping today. But everyone at the hospital will be on the job Thursday, January 7, just like they have been every minute for the last half century.

Everyone is invited to the celebration at the hospital today. It will be ongoing from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be activities, door prizes awarded every 50 minutes, balloons and gifts for the kids and free blood pressure screening for adults. Come and meet the friendly staff, enjoy refreshments and win a door prize.

While we have looked back the last four weeks in this series, let us now look into the future. Financials, which have been such a concern in the past, seem to be on the mend.

In 2008, the hospital had a net income of $200,000. In 2009, that increased to $400,000. Net income for the district is used to upgrade current medical equipment and purchase new equipment.

Improvements at the hospital, which are ongoing, include the construction of a new operating room. The hospital has retained the services of Dr. Hayes full time as of February. He is a surgeon. With a highly qualified surgeon in Monticello full time and with the new operating facilities, most surgeries which have been sent out in the past will be available in-house in the future.

Other new services available in Monticello now or in the near future are pediatric dental surgeries and incisionless gastric surgeries.

The hospital recently installed a new 40-slice CT Scanner that is one of the fastest scanners in the Four Corners area. A new digital state-of-the-art Ultrasound machine has doubled the number of ultrasounds performed over recent months.

The roofs of both the hospital and the administration building are presently being replaced.

A strategic plan has been completed for the district and well over half of all the goals and objectives are well on their way to completion, according to hospital CEO Rob Lowe.

Thanks for service rendered goes to the San Juan Health District Board of Directors, consisting of Burton Black, Chairman, Steve Simpson, Allen Barry, Doug Allen, Gail Johnson, Toni Turk, Steven Bloink, M. D. and Paul Reay, D. O.

We honor the nurses that currently serve at the hospital. Nurses are the heart of a great hospital. The Registered Nurse with the most seniority still serving at the San Juan Hospital is Julie Bronson. She has been at the hospital almost every day for the last 31 years. The rest of the nursing staff is as follows:

Registered Nurses: Brandy Baird, Julie Bradford, Robinette Davis, Chass Henrie, Leeann Jacobs, Dustin Jones, Shelia Jones, Jenna LaRose, Emmy Patterson, Linda Rogers, Colleen Shinkle, Debra Slade, Julee Slade, Megan Spillman, and Charlene Barker.

LPNs: Shelia Alvarez, Dashelle Holliday, Jacy Huskey, Jayne Holliday, Lynnette Mason.

RN-PRNs: Terra Chynoweth, Roxanne Long, Alisa Nielson, Brielle Pollock,

Scrub Techs: Erin Jones, John Williams and Brian Barrell.

CNA: Kamry Arthur

RN-PT Care Director: Lauren Schafer

And finally, we honor the nurses who have rendered loving care over the last half century as nurses, who have now passed away, retired, or moved away.

Leda Young, Oralee Black, Angie Hugentobler, Anita Freeman, Elaine Mathews, Joyce Turner, Joann Crittenden, Lori Torres, Marilee Bailey, Lisa Wright, Vera Hazleton, Mary Vigil, Vicenta Torres, Tammy Lish, Denis Stoddard, Nancy Adams, Hazel French, Beverly Farley, Erma Leavitt, Barbara Gorrie, Kitty Wood, Ruth Pearson, Karen Etherington.

Modessa Hancock, Analeigh Curtis, Alisa Alder, Letha St. Clair, Ange Fletcher, Shelly Hugentobler, Christina Brandt, Bobbie Hazelwood, Georga Hoggard, Lori Wallace.

Guy Harris, Letha Shumway, Lillian Barnett, Dawn Blade, Dawn Arthur, Natalya Bailey, Ben Wright, Lisa Young, Renee Johnson, Sunnie Mitchell, Heidi Bailey, Michelle Ramsey, LeAnn Wariner, Ashley Richardson, Marci Christensen, Nick Fox, Matt Briggs, Janet McMahon, Hollie Harris.

Veda Pehrson, Mary Jane Murray, Lori Hoggard, Carolyn Maughan, Maude Buck, Renee Neztsosie, Helen Hurst, Barbara Harris, Shan Redd, Laurie Osteen, Winnifred Griffin, Pam Vafi, Jacqueline Coissman, Jim Harris, Marty Rogers, Becky Shumway, Tetherly Langford and Norma Hobbs.

It has been a long time since the future of Health Care in San Juan County looked so bright. Thanks to everyone who made it all possible.

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