Ten years in the making and finally knee blowouts, heart attacks, and head traumas can be treated right in Park City's backyard. The Park City Medical Center is up and running in Quinn's Junction next to the National Ability Center and the new USSA Ski Team offices. This isn't any country store operation either.

The state-of-the-art hospital has extensive medical services from experienced physicians in a beautifully serene environment. What's inside are six operating rooms, 24-hour emergency care, family and internal medicine, orthopedic and general surgery, cardiac care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and radiology/imaging. Now, when you get injured you can head to PCMC. Park City ambulances will be able to respond faster as they won't be tied up driving I-80 to or from Salt Lake.

The board-certified emergency medical staff is probably the most exciting benefit of having a real hospital in the hood. "We are thrilled to be able to offer 24/7 emergency care to the Summit County area," said Kris Kemp, MD, who oversees the Emergency Department. "We are equipped to handle any type of urgent condition, and a helipad is right outside our door should a patient require transport for more advanced care after being stabilized," he added. 

Consider how important quick treatment can be when one remembers the case of actress Natasha Richardson who suffered head trauma at an Eastern Canadian resort last winter. She had to be helicoptered to Montreal for treatment because it could not be done near the resort. It's possible that immediate treatment might have saved her life. That's why the new hospital at Park City is so important.

More information: call 435- 658-7000.