Emergency Department

Roosevelt Emergency Department

Walk-In ER patients should use the ER entrance on the West side of the hospital. Space is limited and we ask that a maximum of two visitors be allowed into ER patient rooms.

Our expanded Emergency Department improves efficiency, privacy, safety and overall function. Additional patient rooms, large trauma rooms, bedside computers and an expanded medication room leads to improved efficiency. Along with private patient rooms and additional bathrooms, we also have a dedicated entrance into E.D. with a private waiting area, greatly increasing patient privacy. The overall design of our E.D. incorporates such features as increased room size, locked entry points and better visibility of all patient care areas which translates into a safer environment for patients and staff.

The ER is staffed and equipped for emergencies and patient services 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Board certified ER physicians are available at all times. Our staff is well trained in emergency care and we strive to make the patient experience the best it can be.

When it comes to emergencies that need more specialized care, we are prepared. In an effort to enhance access to trauma and specialty care for residents of Eastern Utah, Intermountain Healthcare and Uintah Basin Medical Center continue to work together in providing Intermountain Life Flight to our area. The helicopter stationed at Uintah Basin Medical Center is one of two Agusta A109 K2 helicopters, which is designed for high-altitude flying conditions that exist in Utah.

We have always taken the needs of our communities very seriously, and have strived to do what is necessary to provide superior care. At UBMC, the patient comes first.

Vernal Emergency Room

Vernal Emergency Department – Now Open!

The UBH Vernal ER provides a beautiful environment, with state of the art technology. Our staff is trained and ready to provide emergency care to the Vernal community. UBH Vernal ER physicians include Dr. Braxton Duncan,  Dr. Jon Kerr, Dr. Adam Nielson, and Dr. Joshua Nelson (rotating).  Greg Gardiner is the VP assigned to oversee Vernal Operations, with Tawnie Reynolds, RN overseeing the ER as Department Manager.


Our Vernal ER will include a helipad for patient transport by air. Through our relationship with Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Life Flight will provide services, as well as Classic Air (purchased by Intermountain Healthcare in 2021). Gold Cross Ambulance (with back-up support from UBH Emergency Medical Services) will provide emergency medical transport via ground transportation.


Along with emergency services, the UBH Vernal campus expansion will offer expanded radiology (including Xray, MRI and CT), lab, and dialysis services. In the near future, we will also be opening additional clinical space on the second and third level of our new Vernal building.

Roosevelt ED Providers 


Amos burgess, DO –Amos enjoys seeing a broad range of patients and the many challenges emergency medicine offers. Amos specializes in Emergency Medicine and works inside of the Emergency Department at Uintah Basin Medical Center.

Amos is originally from Utah County and then later relocated to the Uintah Basin. Amos enjoys spending his time outdoors, more specifically mountain biking. Amos also loves to travel and visit new places.

Professional Memberships include:
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA)


Colby Duncan, MD – Dr. Duncan was raised in the medical profession, with his father being a successful veterinarian and his mother a nurse. While in college, he volunteered at Primary Children’s Medical Center and at the Riverton Emergency Department. He knew early on that Emergency Medicine was a natural place for him.

Dr. Duncan and his wife have three children and they love enjoying as much time as possible together riding bikes, being outside, camping, etc. Dr. Duncan enjoys basketball, soccer, running, music and home improvement projects of all sorts.

He loves talking to and taking care of people, and says, “You see a lot of hard things in medicine in general, and especially in the Emergency Department. It is always rewarding to me to help take care of another person’s loved one.” Dr. Duncan chose to work at Uintah Basin Medical Center because it is close to family and he enjoys living in a small town, close to the mountains, and working in a rural hospital allows him to be more hands-on and do things that he would not be able to do in a larger Emergency Department.


Jason Larson, MD – Jason enjoys seeing a broad range of patients and the many challenges emergency medicine offers. Jason specializes in Emergency Medicine and works inside of the Emergency Department at Uintah Basin Medical Center.

Jason moved around a lot growing up; finishing high school in Orem. Jason enjoys spending his time outdoors, more specifically boating, skiing, and golfing. Jason also enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to visit new places.



Pete Tanner, MD – Pete enjoys seeing a broad range of patients and the many challenges emergency medicine offers. Pete specializes in Emergency Medicine and works inside of the Emergency Department at Uintah Basin Medical Center.

Pete grew up in Duchesne and briefly left for schooling. Pete enjoys spending his time outdoors, more specifically boating, hunting, and fishing. Pete also enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to visit new places.


Vernal ED Providers


Braxton R. Duncan, DO – Dr. Braxton Duncan was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah. He grew up helping his parents and siblings at a family-owned veterinarian clinic in Ballard, Utah. He enjoyed playing basketball and soccer in high school. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Utah in 2012. He attended A.T. Still University and was awarded a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. He specializes in emergency medicine and completed residency in central California at Kaweah Delta Health Care District. He is board certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

The wide spectrum of ages, pathologies, and critical condition of many patients in emergency medicine drew Dr. Duncan to pursue it as a medical specialty. He views caring for patients in the emergency department, often in their greatest hour of need, as a great privilege.

Dr. Duncan met and married Lacy Cornaby in 2012 and enjoys spending time with her and their four children. They have made their home in Vernal, Utah. He also enjoys being outdoors, off-road sports, playing with his kids, learning new skills, basketball and other sports, and finding new hobbies.


Adam S. Nielson, MD  – Dr. Adam S. Nielson is excited to join the Uintah Basin Healthcare team. He grew up in Vernal and then attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. From there he joined the United States Army and attended The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland where he received his medical doctorate.

He then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine in Tacoma, Washington at the combined Madigan Army Medical Center/University of Washington Emergency Medicine Residency Pro-gram, where he was a Chief Resident during his final year.

Dr. Nielson served his country for 14 years in the US Army where he was deployed for two tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star for service.

In his free time, Dr. Nielson can be found enjoying life with his beautiful wife Liz, of twenty seven years, and their seven amazing children.


Jon Kerr, MD – Dr. Jon Kerr graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine where he also received an MBA in Healthcare Management. Following his emergency medicine residency in Stony Brook, NY, he finished a two year critical care fellowship in Manhasset, NY.

Dr. Kerr enjoys practicing in rural environments and loves the mountains of Utah. During his free time, he loves skiing and riding motorcycles. He is married and has five children.

Dr. Kerr has provided coverage in the Roosevelt Emergency Department for years.


Trauma Education


March 2021 (Poison Prevention) More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the Nation’s poison control centers. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 93 percent of poisonings happen at home, and 45 percent of poisonings involve children under the age of 6. The majority of fatal poisonings occur among adults, especially older adults. In case of a poison emergency, contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.  Learn More at www.poison.org

April 2021 (Suicide): Risk factors and warning signs may predict a suicide. Be aware, talk about it, and reach out for help if needed. You may reach the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or text 741741. Learn more at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

May 2021 (Stroke): When it comes to stroke, every minute counts. Acting F.A.S.T. (Face Drooping. Arms Weakness. Speech Difficulty. Time to call 911.) can help stroke patients get the treatment they need to survive and reduce damage to the brain. Learn more at stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-symptoms.

June 2021 (ATV Safety): ATVs can be hazardous to operate. For your safety, always wear a helmet and other protective gear. Never ride on public roads – another vehicle could hit you. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Learn more at atvsafety.org

July 2021 (Water Safety): There are 10 drowning deaths daily in the U.S. All ages are susceptible to drowning… Become educated, use caution, and take a CPR training course. Learn More at www.nsc.org

August 2021 (Drunk Driving): 1 in 4 teen car crashes involve an underage drinking driver. Daily, 800 are injured and 29 die as a result of drunk driving. As a parent, do your part to stop drunk driving. Learn More

September 2021 (Sports Injuries & Concussions): Young athletes deserve to play sports in a culture that celebrates their hard work, dedication, and teamwork, and in programs that seek to create a safe environment—especially when it comes to concussion. As a youth sports coach or parent, your actions can create a safe sport culture and can lower an athlete’s chance of getting a concussion or other serious injury. Learn More

October 2021 (Bullying Prevention): About 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying nationwide. How can you prevent bullying as an adult? How can we help kids understand bullying, and keep lines of communication open? Click here to learn more. 

November 2021 (Home Safety): Home may be “where the heart is” as the saying goes, but it is also the most common place where injuries occur, both inside and outside of the home perimeter. Click here.

December 2021 (Poison Awareness): Before you seek help from Poison Control, whether by phone or online, there are some quick first aid measures that make a difference if accomplished within seconds to minutes of the poison exposure. Learn how to act fast at: https://www.poison.org/actfast 

January 2022 (Impaired Driving): If you’re celebrating the New Years holiday with alcohol, stay home or ensure you have a designated driver. More than 10,000 people in the United States die each year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Learn strategies to reduce or prevent alcohol-impaired driving by clicking here.

February 2022 (Opioid Addiction):  Learn the warning signs of opioid overdose and how naloxone and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs can help treat and prevent it. Learn more by clicking here.

March 2022 (Fall Risks) 1 out of every 3 adults age 65 or older falls each year according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Learn about prevention here.

April 2022 (Distracted Driving)  Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for U.S. teens. About seven teens aged 13–19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers aged 16–19 are nearly three times as likely as drivers aged 20 or older to be in a fatal crash. Learn how to prevent here.

May 2022 (“Safe Surroundings: Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace Community by Community”) With a documented rise in violence throughout our nation, the theme “Safe Surroundings“ is both timely and appropriate for our trauma centers to promote. Injury and Violence Prevention professionals from throughout nation have been responding to the rise in intentional injuries and deaths. Raising awareness and supporting violence prevention efforts is more important now than ever. Learn more here.

June 2022 (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness)  To increase awareness, June is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is defined by the American Psychological Association as an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster. Learn more here.

July 2022 (Firework Safety) It’s that time of year when Americans everywhere will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with family, friends, and fireworks. Unfortunately, over the past 15 years, there has been an increase in the number of people injured during this festive time. Learn about prevention here.

Sept 2022 (Sports Injuries & Concussions) How Can I Prevent a Sports Concussion? Start With the Right Equipment. Everyone should wear properly fitting, sport-appropriate headgear and safety equipment when playing contact sports or biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, snowboarding, or skiing. You can’t prevent every concussion. But helmets, mouthguards, and other safety gear can reduce the risk of a brain injury. Learn more about preventative measures and how to spot a concussion here.

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