your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health & Well-being
- August 2003
Allen Memorial Hospital
Really Do Come True!”
Allen Memorial Hospital –
The early settlers, who came into Grand County in 1880, were
without the services of a doctor. From 1884 until 1897, Mrs.
Gillie Ann Haze Brack, familiarly known as “Grandma
Brack” performed the functions of nurse and lay doctor.
In 1897 Dr. J. W. Williams arrived from Ordway, Colorado.
From his arrival until his retirement in 1919, Dr. Williams
served as Doctor and Druggist for both Grand and San Juan
Counties, an area which he covered on horseback and for which
he was paid the sum of $150 per year. In 1919, the Moab Hospital
Company was incorporated with a capital sum of $5,000 to build
the spring of 1920, after service in the armed forces during
World War I, Dr. I. W. Allen arrived in Moab to start his
medical career which was to become a 28 year span of service
to the community. He was appointed County Physician at a salary
of $100.00 per month, which position he held until he retired
The discovery of Uranium in Grand County brought with it the
realization that a larger and more completely equipped hospital
was urgently needed to serve the increased populations.
Allen Memorial Hospital opened its doors “Dedicated
to the service of Humanity” in 1957. Named for Dr. Allen
in honor of the 28 years he gave to providing quality medical
care for the citizens of the region, the new Allen Memorial
Hospital was built at a cost of $625,000.
The building housed a truly state of the art health care facility.
The hospital included 10 maternity beds, 2 labor beds, 1 delivery
room, 1 emergency room, an isolation suite, and 23 “nursing
unit” beds. The Medical Staff consisted of Dr. Ekren,
Dr. Mayberry, Dr. Munsey, and Dr. Goon. In December of 1957,
Allen Memorial Hospital was named the Modern Hospital of the
Month, by The Modern Hospital Publishing Company, “for
excellence of architectural design, functional planning, economy
of construction and operation, and proper provision for hospital
needs of the community.”
Allen Memorial Hospital –
Allen Memorial Hospital has a full Emergency Suite, 2 birthing
rooms, 10 acute beds, and 14 long term beds plus Grand County
Hospice. We have a permanent Medical Staff of 8 along with
the services of about a dozen visiting specialists.
The Hospital has undergone a number of expansions over the
years allowing us to offer CT Scanner Services, MRI services,
Mammography, Ultrasound, Cardiac Treadmill testing and Echocardiograms.
The emergency room has physician coverage 24/7. Acute and
rehabilitation services include physical therapy, respiratory
therapy, nutritional therapy and full diagnostic laboratory
services. General Surgery and Obstetrics are busy departments
within the hospital and the extended care wing is home to
14 of our older citizens whose health makes it impossible
for them to remain in their homes.
Allen Memorial Hospital -
The time has come again to replace the hospital in Moab. In
May of this year, the Board of Directors of Moab Valley Healthcare,
Inc., the hospital’s governing body, officially gave
identity to Moab Regional Medical Center.
dream of this community for years, the new hospital is rapidly
becoming a reality. In June, Moab Valley Healthcare, Inc.
officially purchased the hospital’s new home, 12.23
acres of land bordering William’s Way, from the Grand
County Hospital Service District.
A fundraising campaign was launched on June 18th. With the
assistance of Rural Health Management who provides management
services to the hospital, work has begun on the extensive
application process for HUD 242 funding to cover the bulk
of the construction. Total cost of the project, which will
include a professional building, is projected to be $14,000,000.
HUD funds are expected to cover about $9,500,000. The remaining
funding will be sought from local participation and grant
funding. Funds have already been raised from local private
donors and area foundations for the purchase of the land.
In July, the Board of Director’s selected JGA Architects,
Engineers, Planners, to design the facility.
Initial meetings of the design team with hospital and community
representatives have already begun. “We expect to be
in the new facility by late Spring of 2006”, stated
hospital CEO, Marla Shelby-Drabner.
The new building is not the only exciting change coming to
our community. Plans are currently being finalized for the
opening of an Internal Medicine practice and we are in the
final stages of recruitment for an orthopedic surgeon. With
the demographics of our community and the ever increasing
popularity of Moab for the outdoor adventurers, we feel a
need to make these services available right here in Moab.
The campaign theme of “Dreams Really Do Come True”
was chosen because this new facility has been a community
dream and it is coming true.