Foundation and community support.
Intermountain's mission is community focused. As part of that mission we support other organizations in their missions to do good. This support is critical in ensuring our neighbors, families and friends can get the help they need to maintain or regain their health.
Spot the Tot
Over the past ten years, more than 60 Utah children have been killed and more than 500 injured in accidental backovers. Spot the Tot is an Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital program that educates parents on how to avoid this tragedy with their children.
Teaching autistic kids more than just math
Clear Horizons Academy is a unique, innovative school providing specialized and individualized instruction to children along the autism spectrum. Intermountain Healthcare is proud to have this forward-thinking school as a partner.
Utah Health and Human Rights Project
The Utah Health and Human Rights Project helps torture victims who have moved to Utah cope with their past experiencesand look to the future.
Car seat initiative
A van full of car seats and educational materials sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare travels to the Four Corners area to teach car seat usage and save children’s lives.
On the move with Neuroworx
At Neuroworx, people receive rehabilitation services that help them achieve greater freedom and mobility after spinal cord injuries.
Meeting needs through Community Clinics.
No one should forego medical care or miss vital screenings based on ability to pay. Through our many clinics and cancer screening voucher programs, those who are going through financial distress can at least rest at ease when it comes to their health.
Richard Barnes’s story
Richard Barnes has had a difficult past ten years. He suffers from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and has had a difficult time walking, standing, or working. This has also caused financial hardships.
Rose Park Community Clinic helped him both physically and financially, lessening the impact of his DVT and providing payment help.
SelectHealth’s Step Express
As an insurance company, SelectHealth is heavily invested in the communities it serves, and that includes rural communities.
Moroni Elementary School kids set goals to live and eat healthier, and they were awarded by SelectHealth with a grant for exercise and playground equipment.
Maria Quiros's story
Years ago in her home country of Uruguay, Maria Quiros was treated for cancer. She immigrated to Utah ten years ago and, just last year, received a free breast cancer screening at one of Intermountain Healthcare’s clinics through their voucher program. Unfortunately, the cancer had returned. But thanks to the screening it was caught early and Maria had it taken care of.
David Warren’s story
David Warren had no idea what hypercholesterolemia was, let alone that he had it. Having just been laid off, he had no place to go for healthcare when he began to feel the effects of his elevated blood pressure. Then he learned about Intermountain’s Dixon Clinic in Provo.
Ray Herrera’s story
Diabetes doesn't care if you have a job, or a home. Ray Herrera had lost both, but he still needed treatment for his diabetes. Fortunately, help was available.
Community Clinics and Support
We offer a number of services, including financial assistance, to those in need of help.
Intermountain directly operates six community clinics and provides financial and in-kind support to 12 additional independent clinics. Services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on ability to pay, and full financial assistance is available for those unable to pay. In 2011, these clinics provided care to patients in more than 212,000 visits.
Financial assistance is also available at Intermountain’s other clinics and 22 hospitals. In 2011, in more than 267,000 cases, Intermountain Healthcare provided more than $277 million in charity care to patients unable to pay for the care they received. (Charity care doesn’t include bad debts, uncollected bills from patients who are able to pay, which amounted to an additional $193 million in 2011.)
Helping communities LiVe Well.
Intermountain Healthcare is introducing a new, comprehensive strategy to help our communities improve health, wellness, and prevention efforts. The program, which you’ll see more and more of in the coming months, is called LiVe Well, and will focus on programs or services that promote health and prevent or decrease the progression of disease or injury through the adoption and practice of healthy behaviors.
Already, the change has begun: Intermountain’s popular LiVe childhood fitness program is now part of LiVe Well. And, health and wellness centers throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system, such as the Health and Fitness Institute at LDS Hospital and Gateway to Wellness at Dixie Regional Medical Center, will now be known as LiVe Well Centers. Developing programs and services under one name will help unify the direction of these programs, implement best practices, and measure improvement in the health of our communities.
The Ochoa family
Data can be powerful in solving medical problems. Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital Center used data to discover certain parts of their community struggled more with obesity than others.
So they implemented a LiVe Well plan to help families cope with the physical, mental and emotional side of obesity and help them live better. The Ochoas are one of those families.
LiVe Well is Intermountain’s approach to help you make healthful choices to become the healthiest you can be. The LiVe Well program offers fresh ideas and easy tips to help kids and their families stay active and fit, and eat healthier.
Reaching out to underserved communities.
As a non-profit organization, Intermountain takes seriously our commitment to underserved communities—urban and rural. Whether it’s through our partnerships with organizations like Utah Partners for Health in Salt Lake City or St. George-based Family Healthcare, or our Rural Medicine Fellowship, Intermountain is reaching out.
Lyle Barton’s story
Many Intermountain hospitals provide lectures and the use of their facilities for classes that help people with arthritis better manage their disease.
Lyle Barton is one of the community members who has benefited from the free classes and arthritis offerings at Intermountain TOSH—The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. Lyle is now able to better enjoy life thanks to this free program.
Treating the whole family, one patient at a time
Sonia Zea was trying her best to control her diabetes on her own, but it wasn’t until she found St. George-based Family Healthcare—which provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare to patients, regardless of their ability to pay—that she found the consistent care she needed to feel like herself again. Intermountain is proud to partner with Family Healthcare.
Bringing the clinic to the patient
Intermountain Healthcare proudly supports Utah Partners for Health, an organization focused on bringing down the cost of quality healthcare for those who don’t typically have access. One of their more unique initiatives is a mobile health clinic that travels to underserved neighborhoods.
Preparing physicians for family medicine
The McKay-Dee Hospital Center's Family Practice Residency program helps prepare doctors to enter family practice—an area of medicine desperately needed, especially in rural communities.
Support for Medical Education
In addition to the family practice residency program at McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Intermountain hosts a number of residency programs at other facilities, including: Transitional Year, Interventional Cardiology, and Podiatry at the Intermountain Medical Center; and a family practice residency program at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Intermountain provided $26.7 million to support professional health education—medical residency, nursing and other healthcare professions—and Continuing Medical Education provided to non-Intermountain healthcare professionals.
The total amount donated to local colleges and universities for nursing education was $22,500.
Broadening support for patients, families, and communities.
Healing is more than a physical process, and can be found beyond clinic or hospital walls. Intermountain provides many resources to help patients and their loved ones cope – from chapels, healing gardens, and meditation rooms at our facilities, to support groups and informational classes, to social media and online resources patients can access from wherever they are. We also to work with other organizations that offer unique services to improve access to the care that patients need.
Help for cancer sufferers outside the hospital
Cancer takes a toll – physically, emotionally, and mentally. And, it doesn’t just impact the patient. Intermountain Healthcare partners with the Cancer Wellness House to help people and their family members heal from the emotional distress of cancer.
Reaching out through social media
Intermountain offers a number of social media resources to help patients find answers, provide feedback, and build communities. These include the Intermountain Healthcare website, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds.
A safe, smooth start to a new life
Experience matters, and at Intermountain Healthcare we deliver more babies than all other Utah healthcare organizations combined. The birth of this newborn baby at Alta View Hospital can be viewed on our Intermountain Moms' YouTube channel and Facebook page.
To learn more about pregnancy and childcare, check out the Intermountain Moms Facebook page. Women can find answers to hundreds of questions in text and video formats, ask their own questions of Intermountain clinicians and other moms, and use a “baby announcer” app to create a custom-designed baby announcement.
Primary Children’s Facebook Page
Parents of children receiving medical care can find answers to questions, information about events, and support from other families undergoing treatment at Intermountain’s pediatric hospital. Other hospitals also use social media to stay in touch with patients.
LiVe Well social media tools help kids live healthier through increased activity and good nutrition. Resources include a Facebook page and Twitter feed with twice-weekly health tips based on the LiVe Well Program’s 8 Healthy Habits. There’s also a YouTube channel featuring LiVe Well commercials and other videos, and we also provide free mobile phone apps with dozens of tools.
Intermountain conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to identify opportunities to improve the health of the people in the communities Intermountain serve. Current Community Benefit goals include: