Blue Mountain Hospital District News

Eclipse Preparation FAQ

1. What is Blue Mountain Hospital doing to prepare for the Eclipse?
We have increased staffing, ordered more supplies, and implemented procedures for more provider coverage from August 17th -23rd. We are also increasing Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic access and ambulance support.

2. How has the Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic schedule changed for the Eclipse?
The clinic will have walk in slots open throughout the Eclipse time with the addition of Saturday & Sunday walk in clinic for urgent issues. See below for full clinic schedule & availability.

3. Are you expecting the ER to be busier at this time?
Yes, we are expecting increased ER volume & need. Patients can expect longer than normal wait times. In order to help with this we are increasing staffing & will have increased availability for non-emergency needs in the Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic.

4. Will the air ambulance be available during the Eclipse?
Yes, Airlink will be stationed at the John Day Airport 12 hours each day, and Life Flight will be available as normal.

5. What is the local ambulance availability?
We will be running 2 ambulance crews out of John Day for the duration of the Eclipse. Local volunteer ambulances will also be available in Monument, Long Creek, Seneca, and Prairie City.

6. Who do I contact for more information?
You can call our front desk at 541-575-1311. We will also have patient navigators available during regular business hours at our downstairs & ER entrances to help patients get the information they need while at the hospital.

Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic Hours:

Thursday 8/17 - 8am -5pm (Regular scheduled appointments & walk-ins)
Friday 8/18 - 8am -5pm (Regular scheduled appointments & walk-ins)
Saturday 8/19 - 9am - 3pm (Walk-in for urgent needs)
Sunday 8/20 - 9am - 3pm (Walk-in for urgent needs)
Monday 8/21 - 11am-6pm (Walk-ins)
Tuesday 8/22 - 8am -5pm (Regular scheduled appointments & walk-ins)
Wednesday 8/23 - 8am -5pm (Regular scheduled appointments & walk-ins)


Blue Mountain Hospital Implements Prescription Drug Program

March 2017
Blue Mountain Hospital is excited to announce their participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Blue Mountain Hospital works to consistently deliver on their mission "To provide quality healthcare close to home" and this program provides another way in which Blue Mountain Hospital can bring benefits into Grant County without any expense to taxpayers or local businesses.

The 340B Program can substantially benefit eligible uninsured patients and their families by allowing Blue Mountain Hospital to pass along lower prescription prices. The program also allows the hospital to use 340B Program benefit funds to support and improve current departments and services.

Len's Drug, located at 120 E. Main Street, is partnering with Blue Mountain Hospital to help this program reach as many eligible uninsured patients as possible. Local pharmacy partners are critical to the success of a 340B Program such as the one at Blue Mountain Hospital, and they are proud to have this relationship with Len's Drug, an important part of Grant County since 1967.

Patients will be evaluated at the time of their doctor's appointment to determine their eligibility for the program. If they are 340B eligible, they will receive a 340B card from Blue Mountain Hospital , and they will need to fill their prescriptions at Len's Drug to receive the lower prices. Prescriptions filled at other pharmacies will not be eligible due to program requirements. For more information about eligibility requirements, please ask the receptionist at the time of your appointment.

Derek Daly, Blue Mountain Hospital's CEO, stated: "We are excited to move forward with our participation in the 340B Program and increase the access to affordable prescription drugs in Grant County. As a small, rural hospital, we are able to secure discounts on eligible outpatient prescriptions, and pass this savings along to those without prescription insurance through collaboration with Len's Drug. While this will not benefit all of our patients, it will have a meaningful impact on eligible patients that we serve."

Blue Mountain Hospital hopes Grant County residents will be excited about this new opportunity. For more information about the 340B program, please ask the receptionist at the time of the appointment or visit the website at

Blue Mountain Hospital District Welcomes New CEO

CEO Derek Daly Hired To Lead BMHD

October, 17, 2016
Derek Daly joined Blue Mountain Hospital District in October as the new Chief Executive Officer. His previous position was in Chester, Montana, where he served as CEO for Liberty Medical Center. The facility was similar to BMHD, with a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in addition to an off-site Assisted Living Facility. He is excited and energized about coming to Grant County, and is looking forward to being part of our community.

Blue Mountain Hospital Holiday Schedule

Outpatient Services and Clinics will be closed:
November 24th and 25th, 2016 - Thanksgiving
December 26, 2016 - Christmas
January 2, 2017 - New Year's Day
May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2017 - Independence Day
September 4, 2017 - Labor Day

Emergency Department will remain open on holidays.

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2016 National Diabetes Prevention Program

In January, we began offering the 2016 National Diabetes Prevention Program. This program is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

In this year-long program, participants are assisted with making lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, incorporating physical activity into their daily lives and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and in small groups to help facilitate these changes.

According to the CDC, this program can help people with pre-diabetes and those at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Individuals must be referred by their physician and may be eligible for enrollment based on the following eligibility criteria:

-18 years or older
-BMI >24
-Diagnosis of prediabetes or GDM, OR score 9 or higher on the CDC's Prediabetes Screening Test

We will be offering this program yearly, starting every January. For more information, talk with you primary care physician to see if you are eligible for enrollment. You may also contact Kim Jacobs, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at (541) 575-1311 or

Tobacco-Free Campus

As of July 1, 2015, a Tobacco-Free Campus policy has been adopted by the Blue Mountain Hospital District.

Having a tobacco-free campus serves as a model in promoting good health by influencing public attitudes about the use of tobacco products. The Blue Mountain Hospital District is committed to promoting health, wellness, prevention and the treatment of diseases, as well as to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment.