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Ogden Regional Medical Center
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Our Hospital History

Our History of Courage to Lead and Grow

Acting upon a mission statement of "Together, we commit to provide healing, hope, and comfort to all we serve."

Ogden Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a cornerstone of Weber County. OMRC offers invaluable expertise gained from almost seventy years of delivering exceptional patient care. With an outstanding staff of nearly 300 physicians and 1,000 employees and volunteers, ORMC is devoted to providing high-quality healthcare and not only meeting, but exceeding expected standards through continuous responsiveness to technology, advanced procedures, and individual patient care. For ORMC, the only thing more constant than the need to change and adapt, is their unwavering commitment to give the very best every day.

Originally founded September 18, 1946 under the name of St. Benedict's Hospital, one might say the hospital got its start on "a wing and a prayer" when a few sisters of the Order of St. Benedict journeyed from St. Joseph, Minnesota to the foothills east of Ogden, Utah intent to "caring for the sick as if they were Christ in person."

With a selfless service philosophy, the sisters quietly embraced the community with their gentle care, tender approach and dedication. The sisters' ardent commitment to serve the community's healthcare needs led to the opening of St. Benedict's Hospital on Polk Avenue in Ogden, as well as many significant changes and expanded services through the years, some of which include:

  • 1947-1968 – St. Benedict's School of Nursing operated, educating 605 students and producing 357 graduates.

This program became the basis for Weber State College's Practical Nursing Program.

  • 1977 – Success and demand expedited a need for a larger hospital in Washington Terrace, Utah. Relocating to the new 239 bed facility proved only to accelerate St. Benedict's healing touch and expansion, which continues today. The campus also added medical office buildings, housing numerous hospital programs while providing convenient space for physicians and related healthcare activities.
  • 1977 – Val A. Browning Radiation Therapy Center (now Val A. Browning Cancer Treatment Center) opened to treat cancer patients throughout northern Utah and surrounding states. St. Benedict's was a driving force in organizing Hospice of Northern Utah, dedicated to helping terminally ill patients and their families constructively manage illness and dying.
  • 1987 – In a tradition of advocating for women and children, a specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was added.
  • 1992 – Mother's Day heralded the unveiling of a new Women's and Children's Center, including OB/GYN and pediatric physician offices.

The hospital re-invested millions of dollars in advanced equipment, facilities and new technologies. Strengthening its cardiology program, the cardiac catheterization lab was upgraded, allowing implementation of its nationally rated open-heart surgery program.

Since 1995 the hospital has been part of what is now (HCA), the nation's largest hospital company with over 190 high-quality hospitals.

In 2000, ORMC joined with five other Utah HCA-affiliated hospitals to announce a new network and become partners within MountainStar Healthcare.

Additional upgrades facilitated Emergency and Trauma Department expansion and two firsts for northern Utah; the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

Additional advances, awards and recognition to ORMC are:

  • 2009 Advances – Robotic-assisted surgeries added as a minimally-invasive approach for many heart, GYN and urology procedures, allowing for faster recovery and less scaring. Added Utah's only Cesarean Wing to the Family Birth Place.
  • 2010 – ORMC received accreditation as a designated Stroke Center of Excellence, recognizing outstanding care for stroke patients.
  • 2011 – Spine Institute and Total Joint Center opened to provide evidence-based treatment for back and joint pain within a comprehensive support group setting, and utilizing leading technology for hip and knee replacements.
  • 2013 – Tomotherapy, a revolutionary new radiation therapy, was added to the Cancer Treatment Center; applying innovative, state-of-the-art treatment for cancer patients.
  • 2015 – ORMC invested in extensive renovation providing a fresh, modern-looking exterior, a more accessible patient-friendly corridor for Outpatient services, and technologically-advanced operating suites.
  • 2016 – Achieved Chest Pain AFib and Heart Failure accreditation, designating ORMC Trauma Program as one of the finest and most qualified in America.
  • 2017 – Plans to open expanded In-Patient and Outpatient, Behavioral Health, and Addiction Services, as well as new, state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit.
  • Earned an "A" Hospital Safety Score for the third consecutive time; one of only six Utah hospitals to achieve this recognition in the Spring 2016 update (Leapfrog Group).
  • Achieved the Get With The Guidelines(R) –Stroke Gold Plus Award (American Stroke Association, 2015.)
  • Certified with a Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for Hip and Knee Replacement Programs (Joint Commission, 2014.)
  • Only hospital in Utah to earn a five-star ranking for Maternity Care for twelve years in a row, which ranks it among the top ten percent in the nation (Healthgrades, 2003-2014.)

Every year, ORMC contributes to numerous charities and community groups and events. Every day, ORMC operates motivated by a deep-held belief that working together as a team is essential in healing and preventing healthcare issues.

Because of this commitment, OMRC promises to partner with patients in order to provide individualized, high-quality healthcare utilizing modern technology, innovation, and highly-trained caregivers; all without losing the all-important human touch that has made Ogden Regional Medical Center so beloved in the community.