There's a new hospital in the Layton neighborhood.
On Tuesday, VIPs with Intermountain Healthcare held a ribbon cutting for its newest hospital, located at 201 West Layton Parkway. The facility's staff wore tennis shoes and matching gray cardigans as an homage to an iconic children's television show, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood," and to send a message to future patients.
"We are proud to say that we are your new neighbor," said Judy Williamson, a registered nurse and the administrator of Intermountain Layton Hospital. "And we are very honored and take that very seriously."
The hospital will begin taking patients on Oct. 15, but it's inviting its neighbors to tour the site at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22.
Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson spoke at the ribbon cutting event, marveling that with the new hospital, the city has come a long way in terms of local options for health care and treatment.
"When I was a small child, I remember the only medical facility we had ... that was Tanner Clinic. There was, I believe, four doctors there," he said.
As a community hospital, the Layton facility is less than half the size of the main McKay-Dee Hospital campus in Ogden, but it will bring a suite of new services to area residents.
IHC officials broke ground on the facility the spring of 2016 as a way to meet Davis County patient needs, who largely had to travel out of county for medical treatment, including childbirth.
The five-floor facility includes emergency and InstaCare facilities, surgical services, University of Utah Pediatric Orthopedics and Primary Children's Outpatient Services. It also has numerous facilities dedicated to women and newborn care, including four rooms for low-intervention baby delivery — complete with tubs and birthing balls — for mothers looking for more of a "home birth" experience.
The hospital includes 14 beds in its Emergency Department complete with a "Telehealth" feature that allows medical specialists to virtual connect with emergency patients and doctors to better asses their needs. Fifty-five nurses, doctors and other personnel staff the Emergency Department.
It has six labor and delivery rooms, 10 beds for specialty nursery care and 16 postpartum rooms. The hospital surgical suite has four operating rooms capable of a range of procedures, including orthopedic, gynecological, endoscopy and general surgeries.
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals and 185 clinics.