Influential Events


First Year of Operation

In 1910, during the first year of operation, the hospital treated 895 patients, had 481 operations, and five births. McKay-Dee Hospital has always been focused on education and training, particularly regarding nurses. In the early days, births were paid for personally by Mrs. Dee to encourage delivery in the hospital so that student nurses might be trained.

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School of Nursing

In 1912, the first doctor began his internship, and in 1913 the Dee Hospital School of Nursing graduated its first class. The Dee School of Nursing existed for 45 years before becoming a part of Weber State University’s nursing program. During operation, the school graduated more than 700 nurses who form the backbone of the nursing profession in Northern Utah.

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Growth and Modernization

A period of impressive growth occurred over the following decades, eventually culminating the need for a larger, modernized hospital, which opened in 1971. Located across the street from Weber State University, it was a landmark in Ogden for three decades.


Current Facility

In 2002, McKay-Dee Hospital opened its doors in its current location. The building features a healing environment complete with open-air levels, breathtaking views of the mountains, and large patient rooms.


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LDS Church

In the early years, the hospital encountered financial difficulties and needed community support to continue. In 1915, unable to meet costs, the LDS Church took over operations. Thanks to Elder David O. McKay and other church leaders, an agreement was made to transition the hospital to church ownership.

Formation of Intermountain Healthcare

In 1974, Intermountain Healthcare was formed to operate the $60-million chain of 15 hospitals owned by the LDS church as a not-for-profit corporation. This was the start of Intermountain Healthcare’s nationally recognized system. McKay-Dee is the only hospital in the Intermountain Healthcare system with family names.