It's awesome that you are considering Utah. Great place to live. Slightly warmer than Montana
There are about 10 different hospitals within the Salt Lake Valley.
The most well known are University of Utah, and Intermountain Medical Center.
Both are highly regarded and often have multiple job positions open.
They are the largest in the state, hovering just below 500 beds each.
We also have a handful of moderate sized hospitals in the county.
Salt Lake Regional (Iasis healthcare)
Do not recommend this facility.
Riverton and Alta View hospitals in the southern part of the valley. Both rock.
Jordan Valley Medical Center, it's ok.
Pioneer Valley Hospital - decent
Those two are both Iasis as well.
The 3rd largest hospital in the valley is St Marks Hospital. It is a nice place. Mountain Star facility.
Huntsman Cancer Institute is located near the U of U hospital, and is world renowned.
Lone Peak hospital is a brand spanking new Mountain Star hospital in Draper. It has less than 50 beds.
And lastly, Primary Children's Hospital. That place is absolutely golden and top notch. 300 beds.
I work at 3 of the above facilities mentioned. If you want additional details please let me know.
As far as Provo area-
Timpanogos Hospital (small/mod hospital) very good reviews.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (Intermountain facility) largest in county @ 395 beds.
I think Provo area might have one or two more but I am unfamiliar with them. They are building a brand new hospital in Lehi that should be completed around June of 2015. It is Iasis Healthcare. That would work out nicely with the timing for when you graduate.
Bountiful- only hospital I know of is Lake View. It is not a good hospital.
The cost of living in this state is quite low. Don't sweat that. New grad jobs have become more plentiful recently. I doubt you'll experience difficulty and if you do PM me and I'll put it a word on my units.
I should mention Utah is an ASN friendly state.
I would think wages here are less than MT expectations. $22/hr start in the hospitals here, and $25 ish for LTC type. The hospitals here do at times take new grads into the ICUs and ERs. You just have to know where and when to look, and I can provide that for you if needed.
I hope this was helpful to you. I'm happy to provide any more additional insight you may need.