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1994-2014: $44.5 Million for Miners Hospital and its Patients

Miners Hospital at the University of Utah Hospital is one of 12 SITLA beneficiaries. Since 1994, SITLA has generated $44.5 million for the hospital and its patients. Read more about the history of Miners Hospital: “Beginning in the late 1860’s the Park City Mining District attracted hundreds of laborers to work the mines. With them came organized labor, which sought to assure better wages and working conditions for the miners. In Park City they were represented by Local No. 144 of the Western Federation of Miners. Health care was a major concern, since Parkites had to be treated at Salt Lake hospitals. The 30-mile journey was a hardship, especially in winter. In a significant gesture of mutual cooperation between the community and the miners’ union, an effort to raise a local hospital was begun in 1903. Individuals and businesses conducted fundraising projects, and an acre of ground for a building site was donated by Mrs. Edza Nelson. The land was located at what was then the north end of town, and is now adjacent to the Park City Ski Area. It was deemed suitable because of its distance from fire danger and city noise, and its maximum degree of sunshine and fresh air. Ground was broken in April, 1904, and construction completed by October of that year. Various fraternal organizations, social groups and individuals donated furnishings. Dedication ceremonies were attended by all sections of the community, underscoring the cooperative spirit of the venture. The hospital administered to the community’s medical needs for about 30 years, until the demise of the W.F.M. and the dissolution of Local No. 144. The hospital passed into private hands. It was run as a private clinic until the 1950’s, then vacated. In the 1960’s the building was renovated to house a bar, restaurant and Youth Hostel but by the late 1970’s development plans for its original site threatened its continued survival. Responding to the citizens’ concern that the building be preserved, the owner moved the structure to its present site. Park City voters then approved a bond to convert the hospital to a public library. Restoration was begun in 1981 and by September of 1982 the project had been completed. The building is listed in the state and national registers of historic places. The restoration has received recognition from the Utah Heritage Foundation and the National Trust of Historic Preservation.” Source: Utah Division of State History, Markers and Monuments Database

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