Ashley Regional Medical Center Marks National Hospital Week, Honors Healthcare Heroes

May 14, 2020

VERNAL, UTAH – May 14 – Ashley Regional Medical Center is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Wes Taylor, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ashley Regional Medical Center. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

Ashley Regional has marked the national observance with some fun staff activities that adhere to social distancing and other safety protocols, and community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at www.thankahealthcarehero.com.

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of the Uintah Basin all year long. From welcoming three new providers and expanding services, to investing more than$1.3 million in new clinical technology and facility improvements, Ashley Regional is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization employs approximately 286 staff and contributed more than $2.3 million in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including Uintah High School Athletics and U’ettes, Utah State University, Vernal Chamber of Commerce, Uintah Basin Energy Summit, and Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus. Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, Ashley Regional provided more than $10 million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“The Uintah Basin is a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Taylor. “As we celebrate National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”

About Ashley Regional Medical Center

Through its 39-bed, Joint Commission-accredited acute care facility and physician practices, Ashley Regional Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient services to the populations of Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties in Utah and Rio Blanco County in Colorado. It is a designated Level IV trauma center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center and has been designated as a Stroke Receiving Facility by the Utah State Department of Health. The hospital's campus also includes a 45,000-square-foot, three-story Women's Center and an Infusion Center. Ashley Regional has been recognized by Health Insight, Leapfrog Group and other sources for excellence in quality indicators and measures.

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