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Give your Baby the Best Possible Start in Life

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Mother's loveDid you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month? Gunnison Valley Hospital doctors and nurses encourage you to give your baby the best possible start in life by breastfeeding. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants to grow. Also, research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop chronic illness, experience SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and suffer from asthma. There are benefits for mothers too – breastfeeding burns extra calories and releases the hormone oxytocin which both help your body return to its pre-pregnancy weight faster.

We Have a Thing for Hometown Excellence

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Gunnison Valley Hospital recently launched a student of the month program to recognize hometown excellence  by spotlighting a local high school student each month in the newspaper and on the hospital’s Facebook page. The program celebrates student excellence in the areas of academics, sports and community service. Visit the Gunnison Valley Hospital Facebook page to see the students that have been recognized over the past couple of months and watch your local newspaper for upcoming student recognition.

Men’s Health is a Family Issue

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It’s a fact that women live, on average, five years longer than men. This gap can be narrowed significantly if men do just one thing: monitor their health. Men are half as likely as women to get rou­tine checkups which can lead to life-saving preventative care.


The health care providers at Gunnison Valley Hospital recommend that men age 18-50 have a preventative health exam every two years and men 50 years or older every year.

Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.

For more information about Men’s Health, call 435-528-7246.

Life Saving Colon Cancer Prevention

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doctor_patientRegular colonoscopy exams are one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colon cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.


A colonoscopy can detect precancerous growths which can be removed before they develop into cancer. Regular screening can also find colon cancer early, when it is highly curable.


The recommended age to begin testing is 50. However, if there is a history of colon cancer in the family, it may be advisable to begin testing early.

And, these lifesaving tests are covered by most insurance plans.

GVH High School Scholarship – Apply Now

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Every year since 1995, Gunnison Valley Hospital has awarded college scholarships to hardworking high-school students with dreams of a higher education. Gunnison Valley Hospital Scholarships give bright, deserving kids the help they need to achieve their goals.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, leadership, school activities, community/volunteer activities, and financial needs. Awards are granted without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender or national origin.


The application form must be completed and submitted to your high school counselor by April 17, 2015. You may download an application form at or your high school counselor will have copies.


To be eligible, you must:

1. Be a high school senior

2. Attend high school in one of the participating schools designated by Gunnison Valley Hospital

3. Have maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 throughout high school

4. Be eligible to attend accredited college or university

5. Intent to study and pursue a career in healthcare

6. Not have been convicted of any crime


Scholarship selection criteria includes:

  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Community/volunteer activities
  • School Activities
  • Leadership
  • Awards/honors
  • Financial need


If you have questions talk to your high school counselor or call Gunnison Valley Hospital at 435-528-2114.

Download the application here.

High school counselors, download the information packet here.

Wound Healing Services at Gunnison Valley Hospital

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Wound Care GunnisonGunnison Valley Hospital’s Wound Care Clinic is the first of its kind in central Utah. It provides comprehensive and specialized wound healing services for long-term or chronic wounds. The clinic’s qualified team of doctors and wound care specialists has experience treating diabetic, ulcer, trauma and non-healing surgical wounds. The clinic’s team works one-on-one with each patient to determine the fastest, most effective treatment for healing.

Cutting edge technology, hometown convenience – that’s Gunnison Valley Hospital.

Labor and Delivery at Gunnison Valley Hospital

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Gunnison Valley Hospital Labor and Delivery

Gunnison Valley Hospital Labor and Delivery

In January, Gunnison Valley Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2015, Xander, son of Heather and Zane Vincent. Xander was born four weeks early and faced several medical complications. The Vincent family was worried that Xander would need to be transported to a larger hospital. However, a team of highly skilled nurses, therapists and Doctor Cary Judy at Gunnison Valley Hospital provided around-the-clock care. Baby Xander is now home with his family – healthy and happy.

Cutting edge technology, hometown convenience – that’s Gunnison Valley Hospital.

For more information about Labor and Delivery Resources call: 435-528-7246

Pediatric Dentistry Offers Special Care for Kids

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Gunnison Valley Hospital Opens New Dental Clinic Offering Sedation and Anesthesiology

Little Girl Brushing TeethA visit to the dentist can be stressful for an adult. Imagine what flashes through the mind of a five-year-old.

To help ease the fears children may have, dentists often team up with anesthesiologists. Now, young children can simply “sleep” through their dental procedures. For that reason, Gunnison Valley Hospital opened a special dental clinic this past March for children ages four and under as well as disabled individuals, or for anyone who requires or chooses sedation or anesthesia for a dental procedure.

“We’ve partnered with four local dentists,” Cheryl Hansen, nurse manager at the hospital adds, “to provide dental care that they are unable to provide at their individual offices without access to anesthesia services.” While these services are available to anyone, Hansen notes that insurance companies typically do not pay for dental work for individuals over the age of four using sedation or anesthesia.

In the past, says Hansen, residents in counties surrounding Gunnison Valley Hospital have had to drive at least an hour and a half to have their children checked and treated by a pediatric dentist. “Now dental services for young children and disabled individuals are available by their own family dentist here at the hospital. It’s a much less stressful experience not only for the child but also for the parents,” she adds.

The four area dentists working through the hospital are:

  • Dr. Conner Thompson, DMD, who practices in Ephraim.
  • Dr. Colton Douglas, DMD, who also practices in Ephraim.
  • Dr. Kelly Frandsen, DDS, who practices in Gunnison.
  • Dr. Barry Sorensen, DDS, who practices in Salina.

Only recently have dentists introduced sedation into their dental services. The reason is obvious. It’s nearly impossible to get very young children to sit in a dentist’s chair for any period of time. Why is it important for children to see a dentist? Children under the age of five require dental work on their “baby” teeth for a multitude of reasons. These include baby bottle tooth decay, thumb sucking, tongue thrust, early tooth loss and poor tooth care.

Additionally, in many cases, the enamel on children’s teeth is not as strong as that on adult’s teeth, which makes a child more at risk of suffering dental problems. Many parents dread the idea of taking their child to a dentist, and in some cases delay the vist rather than put themselves and their child through the discomfort. In such cases, dental care may come too late. According to the American Dental Association, babies should be seen by a dentist six months after the first tooth becomes visible or by their first birthday. At this time, dentists are able to determine problems that may surface in later years, and issues that should be corrected before they become more serious.

Consensus too is that children should definitely see a dentist by the age of two or three after all the baby teeth are in, and should follow up with checkups every six months. Studies have shown that fear of the dentist is a major reason for avoiding regular visits for children and even adults. The new dental clinic at Gunnison Valley Hospital is intended to make dental procedures available, accessible, and far less frightening.

All dental procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia are arranged directly through the individual dentists, who then arrange to come to the hospital’s dental clinic to do the required work. In order to meet the needs of the community, the hospital has created a state-of-the-art dental clinic, including all the necessary equipment required by an anesthesiologist.

Gunnison Valley Hospital Launches New Website [Press Release]

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For Immediate Release



New website designed to provide increased resources to the community


GUNNISON, Utah (Aug. 5, 2014) – Gunnison Valley Hospital recently launched its new website designed to provide increased resources and information to best serve patients. The new website is focused on educating and informing patients in an effort to promote health and wellness within the communities it serves.


Gunnison Valley Hospital’s website features a new Providers section that offers information about each individual provider. The hospital website also facilitates a sophisticated search engine powered by MedlinePlus that allows patients to research health information, including the latest treatments, medical terminology, medical videos, prescription details and more. Expanded content on the website also includes sections highlighting employment opportunities and upcoming events to assist in keeping the public informed.


“Our new website, which is centered on our culture of caring, enhances our ability to provide valuable resources to the community,” said Mark Dalley, hospital administrator at Gunnison Valley Hospital. “We are committed to building and maintaining trusted relationships with our patients through our personalized and high-quality care and our website is an example of our ongoing efforts.”

Complementing its online tools and interface, the new patient-focused website is optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile use. The website’s accessibility, features and expanded content will assist patients and community members in making well-informed health care decisions.

About Gunnison Valley Hospital

Gunnison Valley Hospital is a critical access hospital that provides personalized care and cutting-edge technology, while preserving its roots in the community. The hospital offers a variety of medical services, including acute inpatient care, surgery, ambulance and emergency medicine, respiratory therapy, laboratory, labor and delivery, physical therapy, advanced diagnostic imaging, home health and hospice care and visiting specialists. For more information, visit

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Patients Involved in their own Pain Relief

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Gunnison Valley Hospital offers anesthesiology services


Ron Yardley knows about pain, or more specifically, pain relief. His medical field, you could say, is one of the world’s best pain relievers. Yardley is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Gunnison Valley Hospital. At the beginning of 2014, Gunnison Valley Hospital added two certified registered nurse anesthetists, including Ron Yardley and Jordan Thompson, to work with Dr Richard Nay in providing anesthesia care for their patients. The team is responsible for administering anesthesia to patients in preparation for medical procedures.

How important CRNAs to the medical field? Try to imagine a patient undergoing total knee replacement or the deivery of a newborn without anesthesia. Or imagine trying to perform oral surgery on a young child undergoing what has to be the most terrifying experience of their life without sedation. The first public demonstration of general anesthesia dates back to 1842 and was presented by a Boston dentisst. Since that time the field has become as specialized as any in the medical profession. There are many categories of anesthesia, and the three most commonly used are general, MAC and regional. And, as Yardley points out, “The best anesthesia is always the one with the lowest risk to the patient, but that makes it possible to complete the procedure without pain.”

Yardley bases his choice of anesthesia on the patient’s health, the complexity of the medical procedure being performed and the patient’s desires. “Prior to a medical procedure, we’ll review the patient’s health history, work with the doctor and involve the patient. We’ll determine the best anesthetic plan and explain the risks and the benefits of certain anesthesias, for example, whether to go with a local anesthesia or put the patient completely under. Then we let the patient decide which he or she would prefer,” he adds.

In the case of child birth, patients have a multitude of choices. Yardley explains that whether the labor process has started on its own or is a scheduled delivery, the doctor and patient will discuss all the options. Once they determine together that the labor process will begin or continue, whatever the case may be, then anesthesia can be administered. “in most cases, the decision is to go with an epidural to control pain during labor, but the decision, again, is up to the patient. Very rarely are there any complications with an epidural.” The procedure involves inserting a sterile guide needle and a small tube or epidural catheter into the epidural space. The pain that some patients feel is usually the numbing medicine that feels like a small bee sting.

An anesthetic medication is injected into the catheter to numb the body providing excellent pain control and relief. “From this poin on, the anesthetic is administered by the patient. The woman has a button she can push whenever she feels she needs more anesthetic, within safe parameters, of course.” Yardley says. Generally, Yardley will offer patients a couple of different options. For example, for a total knee replacement, he may present a spinal or general anesthesia. “We explain that spinal anesthesia provides pain control post op, as we can keep the patient asleep as well as during the surgery with other medication. When they do wake up, it will control the pain for 18 to 24 hours, which enables doctors time to find pain relief after surgery,” adds Yardley. “But they may opt for general anesthesia. It will keep the patient asleep during surgery, but when they wake up they will encounter some pain before relief is available. We recommend the best and safest anesthesia, but again, we leave that decision up to the patient.”

One area getting more attention at the hospital these days is pediatrics or the treatment of children. It is an area of treatment not all area residents realize is available and some still believe they have to travel hundreds of miles to receive professional care for their children, especially the very young.

“We do, in fact, provide medical service for children, even the very young. We have doctors on call 24-7 that provide excellent care to children. It’s the same with our anesthesiology services. We are available 24-7 to participate in a range of elective surgeries for children, such as tonsillectomies or to help in a dental procedure or serious accident. We are sometimes required to sedate children undergoing an MRI. It’s difficult to get children to remain motionless for any period of time, especially with something so foreign to them,” he says.