A Message from Intermountain Healthcare's Chairman
Dear Fellow Trustee:
Welcome to Intermountain Healthcare. You are now part of one of the most effective, respected, and visible organizations in your community. We are excited that you will be contributing your talents and expertise to our organization, which accomplishes so much good in serving residents of our region.
Because of your expertise and your standing in the community, you have been invited to help lead and govern Intermountain. I'm sure you will find your board service to be both an honor and a responsibility, because you will be building a legacy of health for current and future generations.
Intermountain was founded in April 1975, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated its system of 15 hospitals to the Intermountain-area community. Intermountain was established as an independent, non-denominational, nonprofit organization, governed by citizens serving as unpaid volunteers. The founding board members established Intermountain's mission as "excellence in the provision of healthcare services to communities in the Intermountain region," and this mission included a strong commitment to providing charitable care to those in need, as well as a directive to become a "model" healthcare organization worthy of emulation. Intermountain rapidly gained a reputation for clinical excellence, innovative management, and community service.
Today, Intermountain is viewed both nationally and internationally as one of the world's leading healthcare organizations. Our core strategy of clinical integration—in which doctors, hospitals, and health plans work together to continually raise the standards of care, in all its dimensions— continues to create value for the communities we serve.
This online handbook is designed as a reference source and advocacy tool, as well as an orientation for new trustees. Whether your background is in healthcare or in some other field, we hope you will find the handbook useful in your board service and as you represent Intermountain in your dealings with others in the community. I wish you well in your new role as part of Intermountain's leadership.
A. Scott Anderson
Chairman, Board of Trustees