LEHI -- IASIS Healthcare Corporation is building a regional hospital, Mountain Point Medical, to serve northern Utah County residents and to be a part of the community.
"This is a really exciting day for us," said IASIS president and CEO Carl Whitmer about the announcement. With everything they will be providing at the full service facility, including cardio care, he emphasized it's not just about a medical campus.
"It's about people, it's about patients and it's about relationships," Whitmer said.
To help underscore that message, IASIS administrators gave $5,000 to the Utah Special Olympics, having missed the annual community Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympians in Utah.
"We want to be a part of the community. We are excited about that," he said.
The emergency care center location is estimated to shave off up to seven minutes in ambulance transport time for a patient.
The 23-acre medical campus is located to provide easy access from the I-15 Timpanogos Highway interchange south of Traverse Mountain. The 40-bed full service facility will have an emergency care department, intensive care unit, imaging, cardiac cath lab, surgical suites, labor and delivery.
Completion date for the first phase is spring 2015.
Lehi Fire Chief Dale Ekins said the location and easy accessibility could for some patients, those with strokes, mean the difference between paralysis or a full recovery.
"This will also have a cath lab for heart attacks. You would have to go to Orem to their cath lab so this will have a great, great benefit for some of the patients," Ekins said.
Eagle Mountain Battalion Chief Rand Andrus agreed.
It substantially improves the chances of the heart attack victims, he said.
"For a stroke victim because of their facilities there, they actually may be able to reverse the stroke," Andrus said.
At total build-out, there will be 80 beds and officials say they have plans for a second medical center on site.
"It's a wonderful thing to have your own hospital when your area needs one desperately. Not is it just a Lehi hospital, but it's a regional hospital. It's something that will take in all the surrounding areas and we are excited to have it," Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson said.
IASIS owns and operates hospitals in high growth urban and suburban markets and has nine acute care hospitals and one behavioral health hospital in the U.S.
The corporation hosted the groundbreaking event at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course Clubhouse in the Great Room on Thursday. Organizers provided a large potted evergreen tree for each mayor of the surrounding cities to insert a small sign post into its dirt signifying the ground "broken."
"What we have decided to do is that when we have the ribbon cutting we will have a tree for each one of the cities planted on the campus along with a plaque for each one of those communities," said Ed Lamb, IASIS Healthcare Western Division president.
For more than three decades, Intermountain Healthcare has dominated north Utah County as the hospital servicing its communities. Built and expanded many times over, the American Fork Hospital is located on the east edge of its namesake city.
The mayor of American Fork said he welcomes IASIS.
"Well, I believe in all sincerity that it's a good thing. I believe different hospitals have different specialties and I'm sure that there are more clientele here than can be accommodated by just one hospital and I'm happy to welcome IASIS to Utah County," American Fork Mayor Jim Hadfield said.
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