Stonehenge opens its seventh Utah building in Cedar City

By Holly Coombs

Stonehenge of Cedar City opened its doors at 333 W. 1425 North, to assist patients in need of rehabilitation June 16 and will have an open house July 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. where a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments and tours will take place.

The Cedar City building marks Stonehenge’s seventh building in the state of Utah. The facility currently has 20 long-term residents and 30 short-term.

With Orthopedic, stroke, neuroglial, Cardiopulmonary, and Dysphasia management rehabilitation programs, Stonehenge is able to serve patients and go along with the golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated.

Kent Stemmons, Stonehenge of Cedar City administrator, said he came from the American Fork facility to work in Cedar City. Other facilities are in Ogden, Orem, South Jordan, Richfield and Springdale.

Short term care in the facility is about three weeks, Stemmons. Patients on Medicare and have a 3-day hospital stay after surgery are able to have up to 100 days at Stonehenge. He said the first 20 days is fully paid at Stonehenge. More than 20 days require a co-pay

“Most of our rooms are three weeks,” Stemmons said. “We assist those in post-surgery for hips, knees, back and some stroke.”

He said the patients get the therapy and recovery they need that can often not be obtained at home.

“Therapy is a huge thing because it helps (patients) recover a lot quicker,” Stemmons said. “It is a better recovery too. When they are at home they don’t get all of the recovery they need.  They can get up to 2 hours of therapy per day here.”

Larger beds, a wall to divide for semi-private shared rooms are among some of the highlights of the facility.

Vice President and Co-Owner Chris Yates said when he personally has been through much life threatening medical issues in the past two years including cancer and a stroke. Yates also has been in the medical field for 30 years.

“I have seen how I want to be treated and I’ve created that with Stonehenge,” he said

Yates and his business partner, who specialized in stone masonry, created Stonehenge

“when he and his business partner first established Stonehenge, his partner was a stone mason and wanted to have the buildings built with stone.

“When it came to the name, I came up with 40 different names and all were rejected,” he said. “A day or two later he said he wanted to name it Stonehenge. I said ‘Stonehenge? You mean that pagan place over in England?’ and he said ‘yeah.’ I said, ‘well, work on an angle.’’’

Not much later a friend contacted Yates about something he had seen on the Today show about Stonehenge and the latest theory being that is a place of healing and evidence was found from 10,000 years ago that people would travel long distances to touch the stones so they could be healed from their infirmities.

“I said, ‘well that’s perfect because that’s what we’re doing here people come to Stonehenge and we get them better and send them home so we are healing them from their infirmities and sickness,” Yates said. “We send 82 percent of people home, which is really good.”

He said Stonehenge is not a last resort.

“We have had great success,” Yates said. “It is our seventh and most likely, last building. We have the whole state of Utah covered. We are happy to be here.”

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