In the spring of 2011, while "messin' around" with his friends, then 15-year-old Jared Garbett suddenly stumbled and fell, hitting the back of his skull and losing consciousness. Though Jared was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional, his brain rapidly swelled from the injuries. He required extensive trauma and neurological care to relieve the cranial pressure and to preclude other complications like a blood clot or stroke.
Dixie's Life Flight helicopter was the fastest means to deliver him to his only chance for survival. Though massive brain damage and complete paralysis were possibilities, the lifesaving capabilities of Life Flight helicopter gave Jared a second chance at life. Though he remained in a coma for 10 days—and slipped in and out of consciousness for another five— he finally regained consciousness and some stability, and underwent months of intensive therapy. The Garbett's say that in their moment of crisis Life Flight was their lifeline. Because of such care, right here at home – they have their son.
This year we will be appealing to you to help us fund…
Our current funding priority is building a three story structure attached to the northeast side of the River Road hospital. The Northest Expansion project will cost about $70.3 million and will allow both for the growth of existing services as well as the important addition of Neuro/Trauma services to meet the demands of the growing regional community. As the Southern Utah Neurosciences Institute develops, Dixie Regional will advance its trauma designation to Level II and will offer comprehensive stroke services and the ability to treat more than 600 conditions that can effect the nervous system such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal ailments and Alzheimer’s disease.
Over the next 5-7 years donors have an opportunity to support Intermountain Healthcare’s $200 million investment in Dixie Regional to further distinguish the medical center as a major medical hub serving southwestern Utah and parts of Nevada and Arizona. The master site plan for the River Road Campus includes relocating women’s and children’s services and establishing a free-standing cancer center/genomics laboratory. We also plan to renovate the 400 East Campus to accommodate other needed services.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your support and generosity.
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