The Utah Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of patient care in our local hospitals and improving the health of those living in our communities. We support Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Orem Community Hospital, American Fork Hospital, and associated clinics.
Although our mission may be simple, the resources required to fulfill it, especially as our communities have grown over the last few decades, requires commitment and dedication. Continuing in the tradition of the founders of the hospitals, we look to our generous community for ongoing philanthropic support.
Our Legacy of Giving
The legacy of giving started in the 1930s, when the Great Depression was ending and World War II was commencing. The people of Provo had a goal of constructing the first state-of-the-art medical facility. Through the help of more than 4,000 donors, $90,000 was raised for the hospital fund. During the same era, the community in American Fork, including the citizens, the school board, and city leaders, worked together to raise the funds and provide the facility that became the first American Fork Hospital.
That legacy continued. Women in the community supplied food and washed linens for patients. Many others, once again, pitched in needed funds to expand the hospitals for the growing and vibrant community. Through the years, thanks to the generosity of people in Utah County, capital projects like the Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Center at American Fork Hospital, the ER/Trauma Center at Utah Valley Regional, and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at Orem Community, have been completed. Medical equipment and supplies have been purchased and those who could not otherwise afford medical treatment have been cared for.
In 1975, the LDS Church divested its interest in hospitals. Intermountain Heathcare, a charitable, nonprofit organization, was created to operate the hospitals as a system on behalf of the communities they served, with a charge to not turn away any patient who lacked the ability to pay.
This history of giving is carried on today through contributions such as volunteering, in-kind donations, and gifts of all types of assets and cash. These generous donations allow us to provide extraordinary healthcare to all without regard for financial capabilities.