It is amazing to realize that Park City's first inpatient facility since the Miners Hospital closed in the early 1960s is just three years old. Many Parkites and visitors already take it for granted. In fact, it is hard to imagine that, just a few years ago, having surgery or delivering a baby in Summit County wasn't possible (except in an emergency).
In that time, the facility has progressively expanded its services and is now about to break ground on an intensive care unit. In the meantime, the hospital already boasts an array of services including preventive screening and wellness programs, a 24-hour emergency room, a nationally ranked orthopedic clinic and women's center.
Initially there was a great deal of skepticism about whether Park City's medical needs could sustain a hospital, particularly one within an hour's drive of a major city. There were also concerns about how Intermountain Healthcare, one of the West's largest health-care providers, would fit in with the city's existing medical professionals.
But thanks to a dedicated group of local visionaries who formed an exploratory committee that spent several years surveying the community's needs and then hammered out agreements with Intermountain that ensured local physicians and private clinics would not be negatively impacted, the hospital has been well received and well used. Members of that committee and the local officials who approved the agreements necessary to establish a local hospital deserve credit for their foresight and commitment.
While health-care costs and quality remain at the forefront of citizens' concerns across the country, Summit County residents should take a moment to appreciate their own state-of-the-art medical center - and the community that made it happen.