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Getting to know: Your Heber Valley Hospital

Posted On
Mar 29, 2017

Starting in March the Chamber of Commerce will spotlight a chamber member. This a chance to get to know some of our businesses and the people who run them a little better. If you're interested in having your business spotlighted in please send an email to [email protected]

Take a moment to get know our April Chamber member spotlight: Your Heber Valley Hospital and Staff. Heber Valley Hosptial gives patients the best of two worlds: We’re a small, community hospital that treats patients like family, but we’re also part of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the most respected hospital systems in the nation.

Heber Valley Hospital
1485 South Highway 40
Heber City
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1. What does your business do?

Heber Valley Hosptial gives patients the best of two worlds: We’re a small, community hospital that treats patients like family, but we’re also part of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the most respected hospital systems in the nation. That means patients who come to Heber Valley will find compassion, concern, and convenience paired with high-tech, cutting-edge caregiving. There’s no need to leave the valley for healthcare —we can take care of most of your healthcare needs, from routine lab work and imaging tests to complex surgical procedures. You’ll also find other resources right here on our campus, including primary care physician offices, emergency department, out patient physical therapy, a fitness center and Women’s Services. We are beginning a 26-million-dollar expansion and will ad additional medical offices, a new emergency department and a InstaCare clinic.

2. How many people work at your place of business?


3. How long has your business been operating?

Since 1932.

4. When did the Heber Hospital open and how has it evolved?

Heber Valley Hospital (formerly Heber Valley Medical Center) has been an integral part of Wasatch County since 1932. The First Healthcare Options in Wasatch County Robert McKnight, a Scotsman, served as the first doctor in the valley. For many years there was no hospital in the valley, and doctors visited patient homes. Pioneer medical service was often provided by ten midwives who not only helped with the delivery of children, but also helped care for patients with diseases like pneumonia and typhoid.

Establishing a Hospital

On two different occasions, Dr. H. Ray Hatch attempted to establish small hospitals. The first attempt was in the home of Lavina Murdock with four to five beds available. Another attempt was at the home of Lewis Alexander. Finally, Doctors Bert and T.A. Dannenberg began the first Heber Hospital in 1932. In 1956 the hospital was renamed in honor of Dr. Karl O. Nielson. A newer, $900,000 Wasatch County Hospital was dedicated on May 25, 1969, with Fred W. Schloss as administrator. Newspaper articles reported that the 1969 Wasatch County Hospital’s Emergency Room would “accommodate as high as three ill or injured patients at one time!”

A Hospital for the 21st Century

Due to aging mechanical systems at the old hospital, new federal requirements for healthcare institutions, changes in medical technology and treatment, and growth in Wasatch County, Intermountain Healthcare constructed a 19-bed facility in 1999 at a cost of $7.5 million with Randall Probst as administrator. The new hospital features advanced computer systems, access to Life Flight, private inpatient rooms, a large radiology area, three operating rooms, and four LDPR rooms.

5. Who leads the hospital and what do they love about the valley?

Shawn Morrow, the administrator has been in the valley 4.5 years. After completing a consulting assignment he decided that he and his family would make their temporary home in Wasatch County. It was during those few months of living at Zermatt that a position came available at Heber Valley Hospital. He loves everything about it!

6. What are the benefits of being a part of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce?

It helps us connect with other business leaders in the community.

7. Why did you decide to become a member of the chamber?

We want to be part of the community and the chamber is one way we get involved.

8. What do you hope to contribute to the Chamber?

Experience, information. but we also hope to gain insights into the community and see and celebrate the successes of other businesses.

9. Who are your clients/customers? Who do you serve?

Everyone at some point needs healthcare. Our audience is the residents of the valley from birth to death.

10. What drives you to do what you do for a living?

At Heber Valley Hospital we have a mission that resonates with my everyday values. It also seeing doctors and caregivers take of others. These caregivers truly love what they do, you can see it in their actions with the patients. A nurse called me one day to relate a story of how a physician came in, after-hours, to take care of a dying patient. He trimmed his hair, trimmed his beard really took the time to help this ill patient feel better in his last hours. When I approached the doctor to thank him his reply was, "I take care of these patients during sacred moments." It was a life lesson for me. This doctor wasn't just a caregiver, this was part of his every day fabric. It makes it easy for me to contribute what I can to the success of this hospital.