When the president of the United States cites your organization as a role model for improving healthcare and controlling costs, it’s something to be proud of.
Speaking to a large audience about the need for high-quality, cost-effective healthcare, President Obama said: “We need to build on the examples of outstanding medicine at places like Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, where high-quality care is being provided at a cost well below average.”
In fact, Intermountain Healthcare consistently ranks as one of America’s top healthcare systems. Recently, a Dartmouth Institute study looked at the affordability of healthcare in Utah and examined Intermountain’s impact. If hospitals across the country could match the effectiveness of healthcare in the greater Salt Lake City area, Medicare costs could drop by about 43 percent — and quality would also improve, according to the study.
Intermountain’s philosophy is that all residents in our community – including those without insurance – should have access to basic healthcare. That’s why each year, Intermountain provides over $125 million in charitable medical assistance to patients who were unable to pay. Intermountain also operates or supports 19 community clinics, which serve low-income patients. In Summit County, Park City Medical Center is aligned with the People’s Health Clinic, and each year provides approximately $2 million in community benefit.
At Intermountain Healthcare and Park City Medical Center, we have an ambitious goal: to help people heal, both physically and emotionally — to care as well as cure. We call it “Healing for Life,” a phrase we believe evokes the spirit and focus of everything that we do. It’s a goal that seeks to benefit not only our patients, but also our communities. It is this continual pursuit of excellence that has earned Intermountain worldwide recognition and the trust of those we serve.
At Park City Medical Center, we’re proud to carry the Intermountain name, and we understand the responsibilities that come with it. As the CEO of Park City Medical Center, it’s my personal mission to ensure we live up to the example Intermountain has provided, which is to serve the community in the manner that the President has cited so many times in the past few months.
We look forward to this opportunity.
CEO, Park City Medical Center