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Davis Hospital addition opens
by Tom Busselberg
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The Layton City Council tours the new tower.
LAYTON — Patients were expected to start filling rooms in the new $36 million “tower” at Davis Hospital & Medical Center, Monday.

The three story addition includes a variety of services, ranging from a women’s center with large, well-lighted patient rooms, expanded ICU with larger, state-of-the-art rooms, and many other facilities.

A bold new hospital entrance, complete with water feature and large windows, has also been added.

“In many ways, this hospital standard is our field of dreams,” said hospital board of trustees chairman Robert Payne during Thursday dedicatory ceremonies.

“We’re ready to fill those beds. The patients are here,” he said. “Those who come here often don’t do so by choice, but due to some mortal frailty. We hope these facilities are a tool to help us be the best possible hospital, that the dreams and hopes are fulfilled for patients.”

Payne referred to the “large and spacious rooms” as “very accommodating. It sets the tone” for a “renewed commitment to patients,” with the “abundance of light that comes through the windows” hopefully helping give them “renewed hope” for the future, he continued.

Physician Bryan Richards referred to the new ICU suites as “racquetball rooms,” saying “they give us more room to move around our patients, provide space for more equipment (to serve patient needs).”

The new ICU rooms and other facilities just opened started to take shape in hospital CEO Mike Jensen’s mind about seven years ago, when he asked physicians what was needed to better meet their/patient needs, Payne recalled.

The ICU department includes a “family room” where patient families can meet privately, and also has a big screen TV, wireless Internet, other amenities.

Beds are equipped with a “language button” that allows staff to use different key phrases in a variety of languages to better serve patients, explained Lab Director Jim McBride during a tour of the new area.

“Many people have thought of this as a small community hospital,” the physician continued. “Davis County alone has 300,000 residents. We’ve seen an increase of 60,000 residents in nine years. We had almost 30,000 ER visits last year.”

Fifty-eight new beds were added, including a new four-bed cardiac catheterization area, expanded pediatric services and conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms.

“We’re already ready for the future, keeping pace with the community,” said Jensen.

The hospital was opened in 1976 and is now owned by IASIS Healthcare, based in Franklin, Ten., who owns and operates the facility, which currently employs just under 900, with that number to expand according to need, the hospital CEO said.

The company operates 17 hospitals, including three others in Utah, all in the Salt Lake Valley: Jordan Valley, Pioneer Valley and Salt Lake Regional.

“That it may be a place of healing, comfort, may it reach to the individual and staff, who can find the Golden Rule (in serving patients),” said Dr. Craig Hurst, board vice chairman, in his dedicatory prayer.

About $100 million in additions and improvements have taken place at the hospital in the past eight years. A new i20-bed inpatient psychiatric unit is due to open later this year. It is housed on the third floor of the new tower addition.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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