New San Juan Clinic opens in Blanding
The new clinic of the San Juan Health Service District opened in Blanding on February 20. Crews have been busy preparing the new facility, which replaces the old clinic which was adjacent to the Four Corners Regional Care Center.
The health service district shares the facility with San Juan Counseling and San Juan Public Health in the growing medical sector on the southern edge of Blanding.
The health service board toured the new facility on February 15.
The new facility was designed by MHTN in architects in Salt Lake City. The architect was hoping to create the feel of Comb Ridge in the design.
The facility includes a southern exposure, and east entrance and comes with the latest in energy-efficient lighting and heating/cooling systems.
The design of the facility emphasizes privacy and professional service. The need to ensure security and cleanliness are designed into the facility, in addition to the separation of services and processes.
Because the facility is considered an extension of San Juan Hospital, there are high standards of safety that were required by the Utah Department of Health.
The high efficiency heating/cooling systems are totally electric.
The facility includes eight exam rooms, in addition to two screening rooms, two treatment rooms, and offices for six doctors.
The facility also includes a comfortable waiting room, office and records space, a large nurses station, lab, and radiology with x-ray and ultrasound.
In addition, the facility includes room for management offices, information management, custodial, mechanical, and a break room for staff.
Equipment from the existing clinic was used as much as possible. Officials state that the new facility
The new facility shares space with the other San Juan County health care providers, including San Juan Counseling and the San Juan Public Health District. The partnership continues in the neighborhood, as the facility is adjacent to Blue Mountain Hospital and the Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS) clinic. UNHS is scheduled to build a new clinic in the neighborhood in the near future.
“Our goal is cooperation, we want everyone to succeed,” said Clayton Holt, executive director of the San Juan Health Service District. “To have all three health entities in the same building, including public health and behavioral health, has great efficiencies.”
An open house and health fair will be held in the new building on March 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. for all three entities.
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