Kem Gardner has a long-term relationship with Intermountain Healthcare that began with his appointment to the Intermountain board in 1982. Kem has chaired the fundraising drive for Intermountain Medical Center and currently serves as chair of Intermountain’s Board of Trustees.
Kem has been active for 35 years in real estate development at the Boyer Company and now at KC Gardner Company. He has been involved in the development of more than 21 million square feet of commercial real estate projects across the Intermountain west. Those projects span the spectrum from office buildings to shopping centers, medical offices, residential developments, hotels, apartments and special use facilities. In Utah, large projects include the Gateway, the District, Business Depot Ogden and One Utah Center.
Kem has been a volunteer and also served as board chair on numerous community organizations, including the Salt Lake Airport Authority, the Utah State Board of Regents, the United Way of Salt Lake City, the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development, the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Ambassadors, and the Salt Lake Chamber.
At Intermountain, Kem has shown both vision and leadership, which have strengthened and transformed the organization and enabled it to keep faith with its mission.
Kem and Carolyn met at the University of Utah, where they were both students. They married in 1967 and have seven children, including one who died at birth. Carolyn has served for several years as a volunteer tutor in reading and math at Mountain View Elementary. She is a member of the Fine Arts Board of the University of Utah. In addition to major contributions throughout the years to educational scholarships, art groups, the United Way, and children’s causes such as Right to Play, the Children’s Discovery Center and the Children's Center, Kem and Carolyn have shared their commitment to philanthropy with their children, Kimberly, Christian, Matthew, Andrew, Susan, and Julianne.
Thanks to the Gardners’ generous donation, the Carolyn Barnes Gardner Women and Newborn Center at Intermountain Medical Center will be one of the most advanced women’s and newborn hospitals in the country, providing a full range of prenatal, maternity. and labor and delivery services – including a 48-bed neonatal intensive care unit to help babies throughout the western United States.
“We are thrilled to contribute to Intermountain Medical Center and to be associated with an incredibly vital program that will be a wonderful resource for families throughout the Intermountain region,” Kem says. “As a family, we are proud that the center will be named after Carolyn, who is a wonderful wife and mother, and who serves our community in so many ways.”