Heber Hospital Hosting Open House Tuesday Evening

On Tuesday evening the Heber Valley Hospital will be holding an open house as they complete their second phase of their expansion project.

The hospital is most the way through a $41.3 million expansion project. Heber Valley Hospital Director of Communications Amy Tuddenham said since they weren’t constructing a new building the hospital had to expand and renovate while remaining in operation.

“Two years ago, we built a brand-new ER, a brand new InstaCare, and moved a couple of smaller services around the hospital,” Tuddenham said. “Once that was done, we vacated those old spaces and then we could renovate those. This is just the second phase of that component.”

The completion of the second phase includes renovated offices, a new main entrance, a new café and new roads for navigating the campus. From 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday evening residents will be able to tour the new amenities, learn from an education fair and participate in a teddy bear clinic.

“The kids get to pick out a little teddy bear and then they get to take it through various components of the hospital,” Tuddenham explained. “They’ll get to name their bear, they’ll get to check it in, and meet with the pediatrician. We’ve just opened a new cafe at the hospital. It’s got beautiful views and phenomenal food and so people will be able to sample the menu there at the café. We’re going to have our mental health providers talking about how to access mental health in this community. We also have a program called the Behavioral Health Network that helps people that don’t have mental health benefits on their insurance to get the care regardless of their ability to pay. So those providers will be available. Our OBGYN’s will be here as well as their staff both in labor and delivery and the clinic. And then surgery, it’s not often that the public gets into an operating room.”

Additionally, emergency preparedness information will be available including water safety, avalanche safety, and emergency preparedness communication. Tuddenham says its important the community understand what amenities are available to them locally.

“There are some things that you do need to go to a higher-level hospital, but we can provide care for most everything that a patient needs to be seen for,” Tuddenham continued. “If not, we are connected into Intermountain Healthcare and we can get you the care you need in a timely manner. Whether that’s through a transfer or just connecting you with physicians.”

In addition to growth of brick and mortar services, Tuddenham points to the expanded use of technology including IHC’s Connect Care app which allows patients to facetime physicians from home.

“We’re pretty excited about how we’re growing, because it’s different,” Tuddenham said. “We’re investing in technology and we’re thinking outside of the box of how we can meet the needs of our community. Still have quality health care and great physicians that are living in our community, engaged with what we’re doing at the hospital, as well as engaged in the community.”

Phase three of the project is scheduled to be completed next fall and will include an expansion to the inpatient pharmacy, the well-baby nursery, inpatient unit and additional administrative space.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.