At the junction of I-15 and Highway 6 — the main corridor leading to Moab and eastern Utah — the new Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital sits majestically ready to help and heal.
“The hospital is strategically located,” says Francis Gibson, administrator of Spanish Fork Hospital, which opens for patients April 5. “South Utah County is the second-fastest growing area of the county, only behind Eagle Mountain/Saratoga Springs. Plus, the location near Highway 6 and I-15 is convenient for patients coming from a number of areas of the state.”
More than a decade ago, Intermountain purchased land in anticipation of the population boom we’re seeing in Utah Valley today.
“We could see the need for additional beds and facilities in south county,” Francis says. “Healthcare is always best when it is at the most local level. That’s what we’re trying to bring to the residents in south county.”
The Spanish Fork Hospital is a 33-bed community hospital on 45 acres. It is an anchor of development on the northeast part of Spanish Fork. Eventually, a physician’s plaza and other supporting medical offices are expected to be built adjacent to the hospital.
“We look to augment the great medical facilities already serving south Utah County,” Francis says. “Having two hospitals in south Utah County can bring more specialists to the area.”
A key to the hospital’s success will come from the true sense of community staff members will be able to show at the smaller facility.
“We want to truly offer great service,” Francis says. “That comes from a true gratitude to be working at Spanish Fork Hospital, humility that we get to help people stay as healthy as possible, and the ability to listen to a patient’s questions and concerns. If we’ve done those three things, the community will feel well-served.”
Spanish Fork Hospital will able to take care of the medical needs of the vast majority of residents. The facility has a highly skilled team of professionals in services including emergency care, same-day surgery, imaging, labor and delivery, medical/surgical unit, laboratory, infusion services, mammography and physical therapy.
“With tremendous growth, South Utah County is lucky to have a new hospital in Spanish Fork,” says Stacy Beck, a member of Spanish Fork City Council. “Now, more than possibly ever before, it’s important to offer the top-quality medical care that Intermountain offers. The timing also has aligned nicely with the opening of Spanish Fork City’s second fire station, Station 62. With improved EMT services, we look forward to partnering with caregivers and staff at the new hospital to provide excellent healthcare throughout the area.”
As part of the Intermountain Healthcare system, there is TeleHealth connections directly from Spanish Fork Hospital to subspecialists at Utah Valley Hospital and other Intermountain facilities, giving patients access to a team of medical professionals all dedicated to the best possible outcomes.