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Lone Peak Emergency Center -- Utah's First Satellite Emergency Department -- Open

May 26, 2010

The first satellite emergency department in Utah, located at the St. Mark's Hospital Lone Peak Medical Campus in Draper, Utah, opened on May 25, 2010 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 500 people. Layton Construction Co., Inc. was the construction manager for the project, which began in November 2009 and was completed ahead of schedule.

The nearly 11,000-square-foot Lone Peak Emergency Center, a Level III Trauma Center, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by an experienced team of physicians and nurses from St. Mark's Hospital who are board-certified in emergency care. The Center includes 10 exam rooms, including one trauma room, one room for psychiatric patients and one negative air exam room (a decontamination room for patients who have been exposed to toxic substances). The facility also features a radiation room, an outpatient lab and ancillary services that support diagnosis, including an imaging suite with MRI, ultrasound, CT scanner and X-ray capabilities. Patients needing surgery or more acute care will be stabilized and transported to St. Mark's Hospital via ambulance or helicopter. The Center will serve an estimated 50 to 75 patients a day and began accepting patients the evening of the ribbon cutting.

The Lone Peak Emergency Center is located on the first floor of the newly-built Lone Peak Medical Office Building, a three-story building encompassing 52,500 square feet. Tenants committed to occupy the building include Lone Peak General Surgery, Lone Peak Primary Care, OB/GYN Associates of Draper, PAML - MountainStar Clinical Laboratories and Registered Physical Therapists, Inc. The Emergency Center is mostly self-contained with its own HVAC systems separate from the core/shell building, as well as an emergency generator and medical gas systems. Layton completed the project while working with tight timelines and starting on an incomplete shelled building in the winter. Layton worked closely with the owner's equipment manager and project architect to define critical path equipment to the project schedule. Everyone involved with the project took a team approach to all challenges, allowing the project to be completed ahead of schedule.

Although unique to Utah, there are 300 similar satellite emergency facilities throughout the nation. Having a standalone emergency department extends Utah's network of first responders and emergency care providers in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreak of terrorist attack and allows the area's first responders to function more efficiently and return to the field more quickly.

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