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PARK CITY -- Officials from Intermountain Healthcare say the new Park City Medical Center will fill a large need for people in the area. Spokesman Jess Gomez says currently patients in Park City who need emergency care have to travel a long way.
"Without a full service hospital there, they've relied on coming to hospitals in Salt Lake, and also using the community hospital in Heber City," he said.
Gomez says that could be a 45 minute drive. The new Park City Medical Center is staffed with trauma specialists, surgeons, clinicians and orthopedic specialists.
"When we open on Sept. 15, we're looking at delivering about 300 babies a year and probably about 1,500 admissions [a year]," Gomez explained.
Since Park City is a resort town, Gomez says they need to quickly treat injuries received on the ski slopes. He expects the ER to be busy.
"We're expecting to treat 8,000 and 18,000 patients during the first year," he said.
The hospital will hold open houses Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's located on the northwest corner at Quinn's Junction, which is off of U.S. 40 and State Road 248.