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Draper welcomes Utah's first satellite emergency room

There's no hospital attached to the new Lone Peak Emergency Center, but the freestanding emergency room is equipped to handle any trauma, from a fallen hiker to mass casualties.

Out back are ambulance bays and a helipad. There's an on-site imaging center and laboratory, 10 trauma suites, including one for psychiatric patients -- and, for now, an empty waiting room.

"For us, it's like having 10 more beds," said Julie Fox, an emergency physician who will run the satellite ER for St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City and its parent, MountainStar hospital chain. "But for the people in and around Draper, it means no longer having to drive 12 miles [to St. Mark's] for emergency care."

Located off State Street and 11800 South, the Lone Peak Emergency Center opened Tuesday and will function around the clock as part of St. Mark's. It is Utah's only standalone emergency department, a low-overhead business model popular in regions of the country where shrinking populations have led to hospital closures.

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