Anticipating Community Healthcare Needs
The decision to build Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah, emerged from overcrowding challenges faced by South Davis Community Hospital, built in 1961. Even though the hospital increased its capacity by 1964, it was not large enough to meet the population boom that had made Davis County the fastest-growing county in Utah.
During this time of capacity constraints, the citizens of Davis County depended on healthcare provided by hospitals in Salt Lake City and Ogden to serve south Davis and north Davis county residents. It was at this point that hospital administrators, county leaders and citizens agreed a new hospital was needed.
In 1972, securing the proper financing to build the new hospital became problematic. Funds from the Federal “Hill Burton” program, which granted money to establish hospitals in communities, ended just prior to hospital construction plans and no other local organization contributed financial support for the new hospital. At this time, Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., founder of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), expressed interest in Davis County, purchased the proposed hospital site, and broke ground on what would become Lakeview Hospital.
Lakeview Hospital Today
Today, the modern 128-bed, 210,000 sq. ft. acute care hospital has kept pace with advances in technology while still maintaining its original friendly, quality care. New services have been added, such as an Orthopedic Spine Center, a medical stabilization service known as New Vision, a comprehensive spine center, and a wound and hyperbaric medicine service.
The medical staff at Lakeview Hospital has also grown in number and in expertise. With more than 200 physicians, representing over 25 specialties, Lakeview Hospital is able to treat patients with nearly any diagnosis.