St. Mary’s unveils new name, but mission remains unchanged

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Bryan Johnson, president of St. Mary’s Regional Hospital and the Western Colorado market for Intermountain Health, applauds the unveiling of a new sign in the main lobby of the Grand Junction hospital. Below, Johnson discusses how a new logo and name reflect a merger as well as a regional approach to health care. (Business Times photos by Phil Castle)

A Grand Junction hospital unveiled a new logo and name that reflects a merger as well as a regional approach to health care.

But the mission at St. Mary’s remains the same as when the hospital opened nearly 130 years ago, executives insist, and that’s to care for people, including the poor and vulnerable.

“We are here for our community. We are and always will be St. Mary’s,” said Bryan Johnson, the president of what’s now Intermountain Health St. Mary’s Regional Hospital as well as the western Colorado market for Intermountain Health.

Johnson joined in a celebration unveiling the new logo and name in the main hospital lobby.

The Intermountain Health logo reflects a merger between Intermountain Health and what was SCL Health that brought St. Mary’s into a combined organization serving patients in seven states. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Intermountain health operates a total of 33 hospitals and 385 clinics and employs 3,900 physicians and other care providers in Colorado as well as Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. A health plans division serves more than 1 million members.

Johnson said he knew the merger, completed in April 2022, would bring changes, including access to more technology as well as accelerated efforts to better care for people in and out of the hospital at lower costs. “We knew there’d be a change for good.”

The design and color of the logo reflects connections as well as approachability, he said.

The name of St. Mary’s was changed from medical center to regional hospital to more clearly define the role of the facility in western Colorado and eastern Utah, Johnson said. “We’re a hospital that serves our region.”

At the same time, though, St. Mary’s retains its Catholic name and health care practices as well as a long-standing mission of caring for people, Johnson said. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth founded the hospital in 1896.

“We have a beautiful past. But we have a brighter future,” Johnson said.