The following is an update addendum of significant events in the history of McKay-Dee Hospital Center, from the late 1970s to the present.
Stewart Rehabilitation Center Addition
1980 marked the opening of a new rehabilitation center at McKay-Dee. Named in honor of Donnell B. and Elizabeth S. Stewart, long time supporters of the hospital, the center included a rehabilitation therapy pool as well as a gym for cardiac rehabilitation patients.
Surgical Center and expanded physician offices open
In 1986 the doors opened on the new McKay-Dee outpatient surgical center and professional office building. At the opening McKay-Dee's Board Chairman Paul Kunz told of the board's desire to have the hospital, "Serving on the cutting edge of technology and at the same time provide medical care as economically as possible. This facility was planned with these ideals in mind."
Hanrahan selected to lead hospital
In May of 1986, Thomas F. Hanrahan became the administrator of McKay-Dee Hospital. Former Administrator Gary Pehrson, who had been the hospital's administrator, was made regional vice president to oversee hospitals in Northern Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Behavioral Health Opens doors
In June of 1987 the McKay-Dee Institute for Behavioral Health began operations. The facility was designed for privacy and convenience with separate treatment areas for children and adults. The facility provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for a variety of disorders including depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
McKay-Dee opens child care center
McKay-Dee becomes one of the few employers in the state to open an on-site daycare center for the children of employees. The center was located on the main floor of the hospital and children became a familiar sight around the facility. The daycare service continued in 2002 at the new McKay-Dee Hospital campus with care provided at the Child Development Center built near the hospital on campus.
McKay-Dee Security adds K-9 officer
In a move unique among hospitals, McKay-Dee Hospital's security department added a trained police dog to its team in 1993. The hospital partnered with the Ogden City Police Department, which trained Mike in exchange for being able to use him part time in their operations. Mike, a highly skilled European German Shepherd champion, was added to the security staff in an effort to improve security without making the move to have officers carry guns within the hospital.
McKay-Dee to be replaced with new facility
On August 28, 1997, Intermountain Health Care and McKay-Dee announced plans to build a new hospital to replace the aging McKay-Dee. The project was proposed for 63 acres of land about two blocks south of the existing hospital. The planning process for the new facility began with petitioning the Ogden City Planning Commission and City Council to approve a zoning change for the property. The request was eventually granted thanks to support from many of the surrounding neighbors. The Texas based architectural firm of H.K.S. was selected from among 12 bidders to develop plans for the new McKay-Dee Hospital.
The firm was ranked first in the country in the previous year for total dollars spent on new health care facilities. The firm also has ties with local design group, Design West.
Family Practice Residency celebrates 25 years
In July of 1998, the McKay-Dee Family Practice Residency graduated its 25th class and celebrated a quarter century of training family practice physicians.
McKay-Dee named one of country's best regional hospitals
In January of 2000, McKay-Dee Hospital was recognized by HCIA as one of the best hospitals in an eight-state mountain region. The survey of hospitals across the country is conducted annually by HICA Inc., a New York-based national health care research company.
Swanson Foundation makes child development center reality
Ensuring that children will continue to have a presence at the future McKay-Dee, ground was officially broken Wednesday, November 8, 2000 for the Child Development Center at the new McKay-Dee Hospital campus. The groundbreaking may have been longer in coming if not for the generous gift from the Swanson Family Foundation, which unexpectedly stepped forward to cover the entire 1.2 million in construction costs. The new center will occupy about 9,000 square feet (plus a playground) northwest of the main facility. It will accommodate 122 students compared to the current 65.
McKay-Dee Selected as an Olympic Family Hospital for 2002 Olympic Games
The hospital joined four other Utah hospitals in the designation to provide services to the games; LDS Hospital, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and the University of Utah Medical Center. Spring of 2001, Intermountain Health Care was named by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee as the health care provider for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Ribbon cutting signals opening of new McKay-Dee Hospital
Cheers, the popping of fireworks and the snip of a red ribbon signaled the opening of the new McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 20, 2002. Joining McKay-Dee CEO Thomas Hanrahan in the ribbon cutting were: Intermountain Health Care President Bill Nelson; McKay-Dee Board Chairman Paul Kunz; McKay-Dee board members and descendants of hospital founder Annie Taylor Dee, Thomas D. Dee II and Thomas D. Dee III; Edward McKay, M.D., son of David O. McKay and Intermountain Health Care Board Chairman and Ogden native Richard J. Galbraith. Tom welcomed guests and speakers praising the work of the employee committees, architects, contractors and Intermountain Health Care officials who had made the new hospital a reality.
"If you want to know what Intermountain Health Care does with its earnings, you are about to see it," Tom said. He thanked the employees and donors who contributed to the McKay-Dee Foundation's Capital Campaign that raised $15 million of the $190 million dollar cost to build the new facility. "Hospitals can be unpleasant places," he said. "People come in and give up their clothes, dignity and sense of control. But we set out to change all that. This place was built for comfort, harmony and healing."
McKay-Dee Board Chairman Paul Kunz stated that while the hospital is a beautiful building, it would be up to the people to make it a place of true healing for the community. "Will this be a great healing center? We have the technology to do it but it takes more than that," he said. "All truly great medical centers have a spiritual quality to their treatment. It requires caregivers to share their inner qualities. I hope each caregiver and employee of this facility will come with kindness, love, compassion and quality of character. This institution will receive its greatness from the character of its people."
McKay-Dee Board member Thomas (Tim) Dee III said his grandfather Lawrence would be "proud as a new papa today." He noted that McKay-Dee is the only hospital in the Intermountain Health Care system with a family name. "We are grateful Intermountain Health Care supported this effort and kept the family names for this hospital." In his remarks, Edward McKay said he believed his father David O. would be impressed as well. "He would have been thrilled to see this building with all the latest technology, and he always responded to beauty," said McKay. "I know he would be pleased and humbled to be associated with this marvel."
Patients moved to new hospital
Operations at the 3939 Harrison Boulevard address for the previous McKay-Dee Hospital Center came to an end in the early morning hours of Monday, March 25, 2002. Eight ambulances lined up outside the Emergency Department just before 6 a.m., prepared to transport more than 150 patients to the new hospital. The transfer began with the most critical patients first.
The new McKay-Dee welcomed its first baby at 11:29 a.m. when Ruthann Littelton of Layton gave birth to a baby girl, Kirsta. One room away from Ruthann rested the parents of Jocelyn Moua, the last baby to be born at the old hospital. Jocelyn was born to Lisa and Thang Moua at 5:44 a.m., roughly 15 minutes before the patient move began.
Kunz says good-bye after 30 years of service
With more than 30 years of service to McKay-Dee Hospital behind him, Board Chairman Paul Kunz retired after guiding the hospital through multiple changes including the construction of the new facility at the end of June 2002. Paul was named Intermountain Health Care's Trustee of the Year in 1999. Board member E. Rich Brewer will replace Paul as chairman.