ROY -- Iasis Healthcare will break ground Thursday on its emergency room facility.
The facility will be the first of its kind in the area for Iasis Healthcare, which owns four hospitals in Utah, including Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton.
Iasis obtained the conditional-use permit from Roy officials several weeks ago and hopes the facility will open in early summer.
"We are excited to announce the opening of this new facility," said Mike Jensen, CEO of Davis Hospital and Medical Center. "Freestanding emergency departments are an innovative concept in the delivery of emergent health care services to the local community with the backup and support of a nearby full-service acute-care hospital."
It will be a full-scale emergency facility that will serve the west side of Weber and Davis counties. The facility, to be at 3451 W. 5600 South, will be 16,000 square feet with 14 beds, advanced imaging capabilities and a laboratory.
The facility will not be one to provide long-term care. Patients are seen on an emergency basis, and if they need further care, they will able to transfer to the hospital of their choice, said Diane Townsend, director of marketing for Davis Hospital and Medical Center.
"There are more than 129,000 people who live in a five-mile radius of Roy that will benefit enormously by having full-service, round-the-clock emergency care," said Ed Lamb, western group president for IASIS.
The facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no helipad planned for the first stages, Townsend said.
"This is a new concept in that area, and we want the community to know there will be board-certified physicians ready to help, just like an emergency room at a hospital."
The public is invited to the 9 a.m. groundbreaking.