Heber Valley Medical Center to hold groundbreaking on the new Dialysis Center
by Special to the Wave
Nov 08, 2013 | 20965 views | 0 0 comments | 352 352 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thursday, November 7th, Heber Valley Medical Center will break ground on the new Dialysis Center, which will be located in the newly acquired building just south of the hospital campus, and called the Heber Valley Medical Center South Building.

The event will begin at noon and will be held on the first floor of the building, located at 380 East 1500 South in Heber. Rob Allen, Vice President of the rural region will be the keynote, with lunch and the sledge hammer event to follow.

“We are so impressed with the generous donations we’ve received to fund the dialysis project,” said Amy Tuddenham, communications director for the rural region. “The generosity of our community amazes me. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed.”

“We value the support we have received from the community with our dialysis fundraising,” said Robert Hicken, Heber Valley Medical Center board member. “We want them to know how much we appreciate it and that we are wise as we plan these services for patients in our community.”

The hospital and the foundation have been aggressively raising money for a dialysis center since October of 2012. “This actually started years ago when Donna Giles approached the hospital and asked if there was any possibility of opening a center in the valley,” said Tuddenham. “At the time she was traveling 3 days a week for dialysis treatment, those treatments last an average of 4 – 5 hours a day, excluding the travel time.”

For most of us a trip down Provo Canyon is really nothing; however, for those dealing with a chronic health condition they are likely consider the travel challenging for both them and those who drive them down the canyon for care.

“Part of Heber Valley Medical Center’s mission is to bring appropriate healthcare services to Wasatch County,” said Shawn Morrow, Administrator at Heber Valley Medical Center. “Being part of the Intermountain system ensures the services we provide are delivered at the same national standard you expect with an Intermountain Healthcare Hospital.

Heber Valley Medical Center will begin renovation on the building after the event, with hopes of finishing the center in February 2014.

“According to schedule we will begin construction in mid-November and open in February,” states Morrow. “It is a very aggressive schedule, but we want this center open. We have quite a few patients in need of this service.”

To learn more about the new dialysis center, visit www.HeberHospital.org.
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