ROY -- The new Iasis Emergency Medical Center is already yielding positive results for the city's emergency responders and the city itself.
In the few weeks the center has been open, the emergency response team has had more work than it anticipated.
Fire Chief Jason Poulsen told the city council he is excited with the work the center is giving his team, allowing responders to help Roy residents and others in need in some outlying cities.
The emergency center is an extension of Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, but that doesn't mean patients taken to Iasis Emergency Center will automatically be transported to Davis Hospital, Poulsen said.
"We go where they need to be for their insurance, for sure," he explained.
The route to Davis Hospital is a quicker one as far as time is concerned, but if patients need to be transported to Ogden Regional Medical Center or McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, that is where they will be taken.
Poulsen also said patients can specify where they want to go.
"If they say they want to go to McKay, we will take them there."
Because there is no heart catheter lab at the Iasis Emergency Center, patients needing serious heart care won't be taken there first either, he said.
In a life-threatening emergency, the protocol is to call the emergency center to see if it can handle the case. If staff members say they can't, the patient will be taken to nearest hospital or hospital of his or her choice.
The fire department signed a five-year contract with Iasis for the Roy Emergency Response team to be the primary transport for the center.
Poulsen said the emergency site has had several walk-ins as well.
City Councilman Michael Stokes said having an emergency facility so close by is a real convenience for Roy residents.
"It is definitely a way to be saving lives," Mayor Joe Ritchie said of the new facility. "They can come there to be stabilized."
Stokes said he was impressed with the facility and the boon it will be for the city.
"It's a cool development for the community. If anyone hasn't had the chance, they should check it out."