St. George to get new emergency room facility in Desert Color, per Intermountain Health

Intermountain Health’s St. George Regional Hospital announced plans Tuesday to begin construction of a new emergency services facility in the fast-growing Desert Color area near the Utah-Arizona border.

The facility will be built within the Desert Color master-planned community, less than a mile east of the Exit 2 Interstate 15 freeway interchange with State Route 9, according to a release from Intermountain. The 24/7 emergency room, primary care, and other services would be available to both immediate and long-term healthcare needs of the Desert Color and Sun River communities, the two major communities along the city's southern edge.

“We purchased the anchor piece of land for this site in 2019 and last week closed on the purchase of what will become a 38-acre campus,” said Mitch Cloward, president of Intermountain’s Southwest Utah Hospital Market. “We have long desired to provide greater access to care for those we serve in Desert Color and Sun River communities. This site will accommodate both immediate and long-term healthcare needs.”

The facility will be named Intermountain Desert Color Parkway Emergency Services, following Intermountain’s standard naming convention of including Intermountain and the geographic location — in this case, the nearby Desert Color Parkway.

Construction goes on in the background as visitors wander through a house in the Desert Color development in St. George during the annual St. George Area Parade of Homes on Feb. 19.

The new facility would represent the third freestanding emergency services department constructed in Utah by Intermountain Health. Similar hospital services are opening this fall in Hurricane and Saratoga Springs.

The facility in Hurricane, known as the Intermountain Hurricane Emergency Services, is on track to open mid-to-late August of this year. Built with similar growth-related concerns in mind, it was planned to feature 10 emergency bays, as well as an imaging corridor and full-service lab.

The new Desert Color facility would still need final approval from the City of St. George, but planners said they anticipate they would be able to break ground and start construction sometime in 2023.

“The SunRiver St George Community Association is excited to learn that Intermountain Health will soon be building a facility in this rapidly growing southern area,” said Steve Lindley, president of that association. “Having medical care and emergency services nearby will be a great benefit to our community.”

GWC Capital’s Vice President of Operations Mitch Dansie said, “Intermountain Health’s medical services are critical components to help individuals and families in the larger St. George area maintain their overall health and well-being so they can enjoy active and productive lifestyles. We are honored to have Intermountain Health in our Desert Color community.”

This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: St. George to get new emergency rooms in Desert Color, SunRiver area