Saturday afternoon the public met to break ground on a brand new building for the Morgan Health Center and the staff and residents couldn’t be happier.
The Morgan Health Center was first put in a modular unit in order to determine the needs of Morgan before a permanent structure was put in place. The dedicated staff has been serving the community in this facility for more than 20 years. Myra Turner, who was honored at the event for her 22 years of service, said, “There’s nothing like a new building. We are so excited to work in rooms that aren’t taped together.” Carol Durrant was also honored for her 22 years of service and added that they can’t wait to have all new equipment so that they can better serve their patients.
The new clinic will be more than 3,000 square feet and will include five exam rooms, a procedure room and new x-ray equipment. Additionally, the clinic will soon employ a full-time Medical Doctor. Dr. Wyatt West, MD, graduated from the University of Utah and will join the clinic full time in the summer of 2013.
“Our goal has always been to provide Morgan residents with compassionate primary care,” said Chris Payne, clinic manager at Morgan Health Center. “Now we will have the ability to care for our patients and this community for a long time in a beautiful new building.”
Morgan City Mayor, Jim Egbert, spoke briefly and said, “These are the things we get excited about. This facility will be a great improvement to our community.” Mark Walker said that he looks forward to a lot of continued years of partnership and introduced the contractor for the project as Doug Wilkinson. Wilkinson spoke about his travels and what a great blessing it is to live in a country that has state-of-the-art facilities like this. Wilkinson is proud of the fact that he was born and raised in Morgan County and hires the majority of his sub-contractors locally.
To close the event, Chris Shaw, Scott Davis, Chris Payne, Doug Wilkinson, Alan Bybee and Mark Walker donned golden shovels and even Mayor Egbert, who was sporting a fancy black sling on his arm after shoulder surgery, joined in. He even credited the clinic for their assistance in discovering the problem initially.
The clinic’s hours will remain the same Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with the hopes of being able to offer Urgent Care hours in the near future.
For more information about the clinic construction, please call Morgan Health Center 801.829.3426.