Following two years of construction and renovation, Intermountain Budge Clinic at Logan Regional Hospital held an open house event Saturday afternoon to celebrate the successful expansion of the hospital’s multi-specialty clinic.
“From the planning stages to today, the expansion project took over seven years to complete,” explained Sally Stocker, marketing manager for Intermountain Healthcare. “We knew that the community was growing and that there would be a need to expand our services to meet the community’s needs. Our mission has always been to serve the community and provide a comprehensive care experience.”
The open house was a culmination of eight months of planning, featuring activities like ring tossing, bean bag tossing and a life-sized copy of the board game “Operation” as visitors stopped by each department to learn more about the specialties housed on each floor. After seeing each office, visitors could enter a raffle to win a variety of prizes, including a vacation package to Disneyland.
Originally founded in 1905 by a pair of doctor brothers, TB Budge and DC Budge, Stocker said the clinic is the oldest multi-speciality clinic west of the Mississippi. Formerly an independent clinic, the Budge Clinic merged with Intermountain Healthcare in 1996 in an effort to increase their services to the community.
That desire to serve has continued to manifest through this expansion, which broke ground in November of 2013 and officially opened in April of 2015. Saturday’s open house celebrated the full completion of the clinic’s renovations, which covers four floors, 154,000 square feet, 26 specialties and over 300 staff members.
Stocker said some of the notable features of the new expansion are the introduction of new specialties (including sleep medicine, allergy and immunology) as well as additional space for each department. Plans to include additional services to the clinic, particularly family medicine, are ongoing discussions based upon the needs of the community.
“For now, we’re happy to see the current project completed,” Stocker said. “I’m sure as the community continues growing, the clinic will grow alongside it.”
Jaime Granger, who worked in the clinic’s neurology department for two years and now works in the clinic’s new sleep medicine space, said the specialty’s split from internal medicine is a boon for the department’s patients.
“With this new space, patients don’t feel like they’re overcrowded or overlooked,” Granger said. “It helps that the building is amazing to look at. With the new furniture and the new artwork, it gives the area a very up to date feel.”
Laurie Romriell, a volunteer with the clinic for six years, also praised the new scenery for the clinic, particularly the increase in staff to provide information assistance and directions to patients and visitors.
“The clinic is more spacious and organized than ever before,” Romriell said. “It’s important to have a clinic like this in the community with such a wide variety of services. As long as the clinic is here, it will keep having a positive impact on the community.”