Mark I. Payne Building - Architectural Rendering

Two State of the Art, Energy-Efficient, and Patient-Centered Buildings to Open at Utah State Hospital

Elizabeth Sollis Advisory, Children and Families, Human Services, Media, Mental Health, Prevention

The new buildings replace three dilapidated buildings and will benefit all patients.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the Mark I. Payne Building & Mountain Springs Pediatric Center

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.
**Tours will be provided following the ceremony until 2 p.m.**

WHERE: Utah State Hospital, 1300 East Center Street, Provo

WHO: Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Connie Payne – wife of Mark I. Payne (1956-2010), Representative Gage Froerer, Lezlie Smith – wife of the late Chris Smith of Layton Construction

The Mark I. Payne Building will provide medical services for all patients and is dedicated to former Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health director, superintendent and long-time employee of Utah State Hospital – Mark Payne. Payne passed away in 2010 after a long battle with heart problems.

“I am humbled by the passion, wisdom and advocacy of Mr. Mark I. Payne. During his 35-year career with the State of Utah he put us on the map as a leader in mental health treatment and services. Most importantly, he brought a vision of hope to people with mental illness and their families,” said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox.

Mountain Springs Pediatric Center replaces the youth center, the old children’s unit in the medical service building, and the Beesley building dorm. The Center consolidates school, treatment and dorms for all pediatric patients.

Established in 1885, Utah State Hospital is a 354-bed, The Joint Commission accredited, psychiatric hospital for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Utah State Hospital provides excellent care in a safe and respectful environment to promote hope and quality of life while enhancing patient recovery through dedicated service, family and community networking, collaborative research efforts, and maximizing evidence based treatment practices. For more information, please visit