American Fork Hospital and all hospital departments changed their phone numbers this week, eliminating the need to have most calls channeled through the hospital phone operator. The hospital's general phone number is 763-3300.

In the past, direct-dial access to hospital departments has been impossible due to a shortage of available American Fork phone numbers. This problem is now being solved with US WEST's addition of a new phone number prefix for the American Fork area - 763. American Fork Hospital phone numbers are the first to use this new prefix.Heavy phone-call loads have put extreme pressure on hospital phone operators. During peak phone hours, some non-emergency callers have been inconvenienced by busy signals, long series of rings or being put on hold. With the new direct-dial numbers, these inconveniences will be minimized, said hospital officials.