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Layton Selected to Build New MountainStar Lone Peak Hospital

Nov. 2, 2011

To meet the increasing need for inpatient services in the Draper area, MountainStar Healthcare has received funding from its parent company, HCA, to build a 30-bed hospital on the MountainStar Lone Peak Medical Campus. The new hospital will bring much needed inpatient services to South Valley communities, especially in the areas of obstetric care and surgery services. It will also expand existing outpatient diagnostic services to better serve local patients.

This is the second component of the phased-in construction plan developed by MountainStar for the Lone Peak Medical Campus. The initial phase featured the Lone Peak Emergency Center, the first satellite ED in Utah, which opened its doors in May 2010. The medical campus also features onsite diagnostic services 24/7 for ED patients and outpatients, as well as a medical office building which houses a mix of primary care and specialty care physicians.

"Lone Peak Medical Campus is a good example of smart growth; meeting but not exceeding a community's healthcare needs," explains John Hanshaw, president, MountainStar Healthcare. "We adopted this model when we built the satellite ED to meet the area's initial and urgent need for emergency medicine care. Now, the second phase will address community demands for obstetrical and surgical care, as well as expanded outpatient diagnostic services."

Construction of the MountainStar Lone Peak Hospital will begin in March or April 2012, depending on weather conditions. It is estimated that the new hospital will open in the winter of 2013. Details of the facility including service offerings, management team and architectural drawings will be available after the end of the year.

MountainStar is working with Earl Swensson Associates to design the new Draper hospital and with Utah-owned and operated Layton Construction Company to build the facility. The healthcare system is also partnering with a third-party developer to bring another medical office building to the campus.

The decision to initiate the second construction phase is based on the success of the initial expansion of MountainStar patient services in this area. The satellite ED reported approximately 10,000 patient visits during its first year of operation. Outpatient diagnostic services were recently expanded to better service women, with the addition of digital mammography and bone density scanning. Further, the medical office building is fully occupied by primary care physicians and specialists who deliver a wide range of healthcare and wellness services to people in several South Valley communities.

About Lone Peak Medical Campus

The MountainStar Lone Peak Emergency Center delivers comprehensive, high-quality emergency care at the Lone Peak Medical Campus. It is fully equipped with 10 patient treatment rooms, an ambulance bay and helipad. Onsite imaging technologies and laboratory services further support prompt, cost-effective patient care, 24/7/365.

This satellite ED also helps local emergency service providers function more efficiently. Local first responders and ambulances are now able to return to the field quicker and react more quickly to additional 911 calls. It also extends Utah's network of first responders and emergency care providers in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or other types of statewide or community emergencies.

Establishing a satellite ED is an example of responsible growth that meets but does not exceed a community's healthcare needs. MountainStar monitored the prospering southwest Salt Lake County area for several years and identified an escalating need for healthcare services that has not yet grown to include a full-service hospital. Further monitoring has identified a growing need in the community for a hospital that delivers inpatient services, with a focus on obstetrics and surgical care.

MountainStar Lone Peak Medical Campus is the right size for the growing Draper area and surrounding communities, and there is room to grow as the demand for additional healthcare services increases.

About MountainStar Healthcare

In addition to Lone Peak Medical Campus, the MountainStar Healthcare network includes St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Mountain View Hospital in Payson, Ogden Regional Medical Center, Brigham City Community Hospital, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, and Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, as well as a growing number of outpatient physician, surgical and imaging center.

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