Heber Valley Medical Center was honored Thursday, September 18, as the 2014 Business of the year at the Heber Valley Business Summit. The award is presented to one business each year, and Heber Valley was chosen because of their increased focus on improving community health, wellness and unity.
Heber had a banner year, and the award shows the hospital’s increased efforts in helping the local community and providing state-of-the-art healthcare at an affordable rate.
“We feel very fortunate to have Heber Valley Medical Center in our community, not only have they been a great economic driver as a great employer, but they also have expanded their services to help maintain a high quality of life that makes Heber Valley a great place to live, work, and play,” said Ryan Starks, executive director of Heber Valley Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce.
In 2013, Heber Valley Medical Center provided over $600,000 in financial assistance to patients as well as created new community services, including the Step Express program and the Wasatch High School Athletic Trainer Program, as well as serving and donating time to countless local boards and organizations.
The People’s Health Clinic, which is located in Summit County, serves both the Wasatch and Summit Counties by providing healthcare to the uninsured segment of the populations. Many of Heber’s physicians volunteer regularly at the clinic, including Dr. Chris Cook, who volunteers one day a week to provide prenatal care.
As the community grows, Heber Valley Medical Center assesses the growth and needs of the citizens and develops plans to accommodate the changes. This year, Heber Valley has added many new services, including outpatient physical therapy and the aquatics program with the addition of the South Building, the Dayspring Medical Detox Service and the Lifeflight Ground Transport Program, just to name a few.
Perhaps the biggest feat has been the new Dialysis Center, which opened earlier this year. Plans for the center began in 2013 and community citizens raised over $900,000 to realize the project, and today the center serves 8 full-time patients.
“This community has a long-standing legacy of giving and Heber Valley Medical Center is doing its part to maintain and grow that legacy,” said Shawn Morrow, Heber Valley Medical Center’s administrator. “We’re honored to receive this award and will continue working towards providing extraordinary care to our community.”
Content was supplied by Amy Tuddenham of Heber Valley Medical Center.