ECBC Lunch and Learn highlights Castleview Hospital/Med center
The Emery County Business Chamber hosted their July Lunch and Learn. The guest speaker was Mark Holyoak the CEO of Castleview Hospital.
The luncheon was sponsored by Dallen Skelley of Beehive Homes. The business spotlight was the Emery Medical Center.
Kelly Hall said the Emery Medical Center employs 20 people. Dr. Richard Donaldson, Gabe Sermon, Lowell Morris and Christine Bardsley.
The center is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Saturdays from 8-12 noon.
The center offers lab work, x-ray services, physical therapy, wellness care and soon a licensed trainer will be coming that will offer customized plans for individuals.
There are several doctors that visit the medical center including Dr. Jensen, Dr. Bradshaw and Dr. Griffith. Jonathon Fauver also visits from Four Corners for counseling.
Dr. Mann is a cardiologist who visits one day every other month.
The center sees 1,300 patients a month and you can get appointments in most cases the same day you call or the next day.
"We are proud of the relationship we have with the community. We have a clean facility and a knowledgeable staff," said Kelly Hall.
Holyoak recognized Kathy Deabenderfer who recently retired from the Emery Medical Center. He said she has made the medical center what it is today and the staff is carrying on what Kathy started.
Holyoak said even when he didn't live in the area he heard positive things about the Emery Medical Center.
Board chairman LaMar Guymon introduced the guest speaker. He said he has been on the hospital board for 14-15 years and there were some things that needed to be changed and in that time there's been five CEOs and the last two have been totally different. They have new ideas and are implementing many things to make Castleview a better hospital. "There has been a total transformation of Castleview and I'm proud to say I'm associated with Castleview," said Guymon.
Holyoak said, "It's a privilege to work with LaMar. All of our board members are busy and engaged and concerned about the welfare of our communities. Dr. Thayn is here today and he's the newest member of our staff."
Holyoak said it's a challenge to provide health care and make it affordable. In comparison with other hospitals in the region, Castleview isn't more expensive.
"A lot of effort has been put into improving the quality of care at Castleview," said Holyoak.
One goal has been to provide more than one provider so the people in the communities have a choice. This has been done in general surgery services as well as orthopedics.
The mission of Castleview Hospital is to make the community healthier. "We want you to have a choice. We want you to choose the clinic and the hospital. We want this to be a place where physicians want to practice. We want Castleview to be a place where employees want to be. We employ 350 employees. We want to provide a good workplace."
Castleview is working to deliver compassionate, high quality care and to be fiscally responsible as they transition through the Affordable Health Care Act and health reform. Castleview gives back to the community by paying taxes, offering charity care and by supporting community causes. The hospital is happy to help those in need.
Holyoak encouraged everyone to shop local for high quality health care. The hospital has new state of the art MRI equipment and new laproscopic towers. With these, smaller incisions can be made and high definition pictures of the area being worked upon make the surgery easier for the doctor to perform.
The nurses stations have been remodeled. There is a new endoscopy tower for colonoscopies. There is a new 64-slice CT scanner that is working replacing a new one that was a lemon.
Castleview Hospital likes to hire locally and train individuals. They continue to put funds into education and training.
Castleview has ratings of 90 percent and 100 percent in some areas including patient satisfaction and compassionate care.
Surveys are also conducted by third parties to see what Castleview needs to work on.
Holyoak welcomes everyone to come to Castleview to experience first hand the improvements that have been made.
Holyoak introduced Dr. Thayn who is orginally from Wellington. He went to school in Carbon County graduating from Carbon High and then CEU. He attended USU in Price and just completed his residency in North Carolina. His specialty is pediatrics and internal medicine. He trained for four years at a hospital that specializes in rural health care.
The ob department has been recently remodeled.
New services at the hospital include: Spine surgery, helicopter services, vein surgery, and weight loss surgery. At a recent meeting for those interested in this surgery more than 50 people showed up to find out more about the bariatric surgery.
The emergency room is expanding to include private rooms and a bigger waiting room. The intensive care unit is also expanding.
Holyoak said if you have suggestions they will be happy to consider them as they work to make Castleview a better hospital for the Carbon and Emery county communities.
The next Emery County Business Chamber Lunch and Learn will be on Sept. 18.