UNHS set to manage south county ambulances
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by Trudy De Angelis

Utah Navajo Heath System (UNHS) is almost ready to assume management of the ambulance services in Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley.

The county and UNHS have been working on a transition plan since 2009. The main purpose for the proposal is to provide a quicker emergency response time for people living in Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley.

At the June 3 meeting of the San Juan County Commission, Donna Singer, of UNHS, reported to the county commissioners that things are in place.

UNHS covered the cost of training Emergency Medical Staff (EMTs) in the area, and they are working to provide the required staff assistance.

Singer said UNHS has completed all the steps necessary to obtain state licensure. She reports that the service can probably break even in this venture and, if needed, there is money available to cover an operational loss.

There are still issues to be resolved, including housing for the ambulances. A Monument Valley building is used for the fire truck. If the space were given to the ambulance, the water tender would have to be moved and would freeze in the winter, making response time for a fire much longer.

Singer reports that UNHS is working with Gouldings to secure a building they can be used to house the ambulance.

A bay in the existing building in Montezuma Creek can be used, with the understanding that UNHS will provide building needs in the future.

Two separate agreements will be drawn up between San Juan County and UNHS. One deals with liability insurance and the other with permanent housing of the ambulances.

Singer assured the commissioners that UNHS is prepared to maintain the ambulances. One ambulance will be transferred to Monument Valley and two will be transferred to Montezuma Creek.

“We employ 250 people with the majority of them being Native Americans. This is a Navajo organization, and they carry it and make it work.” Singer said.

Commissioner Bruce Adams complemented UNHS on their willingness to take on this responsibility and for all the work they do. He went on to say, “We think this is a positive move for the county and for the residents in the southern half of the county.”

Commissioner Adams also thanked all the EMTs, First Responders and those who work with them in San Juan County. He said that often these people go unnoticed, but the county wants them to know how much they are needed and valued.

In other business at the June 3 Commission meeting, Charlie DeLorme, director of Visitor Services, said that a 60-second trailer by Disney mentions Utah’s Canyonlands. This trailer will be shown every time The Lone Ranger is shown in movie theaters starting on July 3.

In the past month, Visitor Services has sent out 30 relocation packages to businesses and private individuals looking to relocate or establish themselves in the county.

A $113,500 bid on a salt shed for the road department in Monticello was awarded to Country Wide Builders.
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