LEHI -- The ribbons are cut and the facilities are ready.
Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi officially opened with ceremonies Friday morning.
Kent Loosle, CEO of the facility, Dr. Richard Jackson, Dr. Marshal Willis, Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson and Carl Whitmer, president and CEO of IASIS Healthcare, the parent company, spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It was followed by a community celebration with tours of the hospital, a fire truck and an ambulance, health screenings, free food and giveaways, a rock-climbing wall, an inflatable slide, and a teddy bear clinic for kids. Music added to the festivities, including a performance by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, an "American Idol" contestant from Lehi.
Mountain Point's location near Interstate 15 is expected to decrease the transport time for those involved in accidents or emergencies.
“We can get patients to definitive care in a much timelier manner,” said Capt. Robert Stanley, Lehi Fire Department.
Peter Jay, Utah Technology Science and Research associate director at Utah Valley University, praised the facility when he toured it earlier this month.
“I like how they built it, a more modern facility that doesn’t feel much like a hospital; it feels more like a hotel,” he said. “It’s a nice facility. I like that. I think the location is really great.”
Mountain Point has a 24-hour, full-service emergency department, intensive care unit, full-service laboratory, labor and delivery suites, level II nursery, diagnostic imaging services, cardiac catheterization laboratory, and general and specialized medicine.
It is part of the IASIS Healthcare group, which has facilities in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and Utah.
For more information about Mountain Point Medical Center, visit www.mountainpointmedicalcenter.com.