Health Care

by Rhett Sifford For many years, military veterans in San Juan County haven’t had many options for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare for which they qualify. The 170-mile distance to the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO was relieved slightly when the Moab VA...
Kyla and Jonathan Brewer celebrated the birth of their son Allen Paul Brewer Jan. 3, 2019, at 4:09 a.m. at the San Juan Hospital in Monticello. Allen is the 2019 San Juan County New Year’s baby. Courtesy photo
For the first time this year, Monticello High School Counselor Jeff Hunt led an after-school group centered around suicide prevention. The discussion was on Dec. 13 in the Monticello High School Library. It’s something the school did last year several times in order to provide students...
Teen suicide is an extremely painful issue, and the tragedy has impacted local communities in recent years. Last year, 44 youth ages ten to 17 died by suicide in Utah. Utah ranks fifth in the nation for suicides for youth ten to 17. In order to address this challenge, the Zero Suicide...
by Rhett Sifford Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS) administrators, providers and staff completed their move to the new Montezuma Creek Community Health Center and were in operation on July 27. The 52,000 square-foot, two-story clinic was constructed by Korte Company at a cost of $18...
San Juan Health Service District and Blue Mountain Hospital recently teamed up to award $7,500 in scholarships to local residents who are pursuing higher education degrees in healthcare-related fields. Funds were raised through the annual golf tournament and generous donations from...
by Rhett Sifford The San Juan County Commission considered the pros and cons of creating a special service district for the county public health department at their July 25 meeting. County Public Health Director Kirk Benge reported to the commission that he spoke with directors of all...
by Rhett Sifford Dr. Mario La Giglia’s 22-year desire to return to San Juan County is officially reality, as he becomes the newest surgeon in the area. He will serve as a surgeon at San Juan Hospital in Monticello and Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding. Dr. La Giglia grew up in San...
A local man was seriously injured in an April 26 fall while hunting for antler sheds alone near Montezuma Canyon. Jared Crane, age 39 of Monticello, spent the night in the canyon before he was discovered by Search and Rescue volunteers the following day. It was nearly 24 hours after...
by Neil Joslin Utah Navajo Health System Inc. (UNHS) held the official groundbreaking ceremony for its new Blanding Health Center last month. The Blanding Health Center site is on 300 West, across from Blue Mountain Hospital. Korte Company, the general contractor for the new clinic,...

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