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image Rocky Mountain Care facility will moving from its location on 200 South and into a new building set for construction near Mountain West Medical Center.

October 8, 2013
City OK’s rezone for elderly facility

The Tooele City Council has cleared the way for a new Rocky Mountain Care facility to be built near Mountain West Medical Center.

The council voted unanimously on Oct. 2 in favor of the subdivision and rezone that Rocky Mountain Care had proposed at 85 E. 2000 North, the future site of the company’s new skilled rehabilitation and nursing care facility.

The rezone was the biggest barrier that could have prevented Rocky Mountain Care from proceeding with its plans for the new facility, said Jay Bangerter, the company’s chief operating officer. With municipal permissions granted, he said the company planned to break ground on the project in the next six to nine months.

With 120 available beds, the new facility will nearly double the number of beds available to Rocky Mountain Care patients, Bangerter said. It will include wings for rehabilitation, which will include on-site therapy, and long-term care, but will not be equipped with memory care services.

“We’re really excited to bring this to the area,” said Bangerter. “We think it will keep a lot more people at home.”

To serve all those new patients, the new facility will also need nearly twice as many staff as the current building, he added.

Expansion aside, Bangerter said the driving force behind the new building, which has been in the works for several years now, was a need to update Rocky Mountain Care’s physical facilities to bring them in line with modern standards.

“It was just time for a new building,” he said. “That building was obsolete and antiquated.”

Upon the building’s completion, current patients and staff will transfer to the new facility and the old building, located at 140 E. 200 South, near the Tooele City Cemetery, will be sold.

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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