Garfield Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit medical facility offering high-quality, low-cost healthcare to help meet the medical needs of those living in Garfield County and surrounding communities. The hospital is owned by Garfield County and operated by the Intermountain Healthcare system. It is accredited by the Joint Commission.
As a not-for-profit hospital, Garfield Memorial has no stockholders or investors. Our focus is on serving those who live within our communities. The governing board of Garfield Memorial Hospital is comprised of volunteers representing our local communities. These unpaid trustees are charged with making decisions that will be in the best interest of the patients, the hospital and Intermountain Healthcare.
Governing Board Members
- Alberto Vasquez – Administrator
- Lelan Pollock – Chair
- Deon Alvey
- Art Cooper
- John Houston
- Earl Slack
- Brent Griffin
- Rick Blackwell
- David Tebbs
- Ron Hatch
- Lori Talbot
- Colin Marshal, DO – Medical Staff President
The original Garfield Memorial Hospital was part of the hospital system owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1975 the hospitals were turned over to the newly created nonprofit corporation Intermountain Healthcare (Intermountain), the same year the new Garfield Memorial Hospital was built.
A significant portion of the money used to build Garfield Memorial Hospital came from the people of Garfield County through auctions, bake sales and direct donation. The rest of the funds came from government grants and private contributions.
Operations in the new hospital began in 1976 with the first medical staff recruited from the National Health Corps. The medical staff consisted of three practitioners, but has now expanded to seven practitioners: (3) physicians; (1) Physician Assistant; (1) Family Nurse Practitioner; (1) Nurse Midwife; (1) Nurse Anesthetist.
Originally the hospital consisted of twenty beds that could be used for acute hospital care, skilled nursing care or long-term care. As the trend in medical care went to shorter hospital stays and more outpatient services, some of these rooms were converted for outpatient and administrative services. The long-term care wing was added in 1996 with the building and rooms constructed in such a way that they met swing bed standards and could be used as acute care beds should the need ever arise. This brought the total beds available to over forty.
During its first decade the hospital was owned by Garfield County, and during its second decade of operation the hospital was owned by Intermountain. In the year 2000, ownership reverted back to the county, and operations continue to be managed by Intermountain.