Salt Lake City, UT (7/1/2007) — The new George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Outpatient Care Center at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray sets a new standard for comprehensive outpatient care in Utah.
On June 13, the center was unveiled and dedicated at a special ceremony on the new medical campus.
Physicians, community leaders, and others joined with employees and leaders from Intermountain Healthcare and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and its board of directors, Spencer F. Eccles, chairman and CEO; Robert M. Graham, general counsel and treasurer; and Lisa Eccles, president, to unveil the six-story, 200,000 square-foot-facility.
The center will open to patients in October when the entire campus opens.
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation contributed $3 million to the campaign for Intermountain Medical Center to help build and equip the outpatient care center.
"Hundreds of thousands of Utahns each year are going to have a better, faster, more comprehensive, and more streamlined patient-friendly experience in the future thanks to the generosity of the Eccles Foundation," says H. Gary Pehrson, regional vice president of Intermountain Healthcare.
"Realizing the importance of this hospital to the health and well-being of citizens of the entire Intermountain Region, we are very proud to join with others in being a part of its development," said Spencer F. Eccles. "We are confident our founders, George and Dolores Eccles, would be gratified to be associated with this world-class facility that will improve the quality of life for the people of Utah for decades to come."
The new center is designed to make the patient care experience as easy and positive as possible.
The center will feature a large multi-dimensional clinic equipped to cover a variety of specialties from internal medicine to organ transplant patients. Because the facility will focus only on patients receiving outpatient care, and is designed to serve those patients exclusively, delivery of care will be more efficient and streamlined. In addition to the multi-disciplinary integrated outpatient clinic, the center will have a laboratory, pharmacy, and comprehensive surgery center with eight operating rooms, all with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities, plus a major endoscopy center.
"The need for a comprehensive outpatient center is vital to serve a growing number of patients in the Intermountain West who utilize outpatient services such as imaging, diagnostic care and outpatient surgery, especially as more procedures are being done on an outpatient base," says Intermountain Medical Center administrator. "That need will continue to grow significantly in the coming years. It's essential that patients have a dedicated center, such as the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Outpatient Care Center, which will provide an entire continuum of outpatient care in a healing and comfortable environment."
The center will offer full-range state-of-the-art imaging capabilities including: two MRIs that will feature new advanced software used for breast imaging; expanded cardiac imaging applications; two cutting-edge CT scanners, one providing a 64-slice image (one of the most advanced in the country; the current standard is a 16-slice image); and a combined PET-CT scanner, a brand new type of technology used for advanced cancer diagnosis and to establish cancer staging. The center will also have additional imaging services, including suites designed exclusively for outpatient biopsies and spinal procedures; ultrasound; nuclear medicine; x-ray imaging; and fluoroscopy procedures.