The introduction of Clinical Programs in 1997 is an important marker in Intermountain Healthcare's history. Cardiovascular and Women and Newborns were Intermountain’s first two Clinical Programs. In 2014, the addition of Musculoskeletal and Neurosciences brought the number of Clinical Programs to 10.

In the late ‘90s, Clinical Program teams had two basic responsibilities:

  • Setting clinical improvement goals
  • Leading system efforts to accomplish those goals

Today, we look to our Clinical Programs to identify, develop, and deploy best practice protocols, and to guide Intermountain in a multitude of processes and decisions, including:

  • Setting clinical improvement goals and leading system efforts to accomplish those goals
  • Consulting on clinical staffing models
  • Complying with regulatory standards
  • Leading systemwide equipment and supply purchases
  • Overseeing compliance to Medicare medical necessity requirements
  • Developing physician pay-for-performance metrics
  • Creating clinical content for iCentra
  • Educating and training clinicians about regulatory requirements
  • Supporting coding and documentation efforts for public quality reporting

1997 - Cardiovascular

The Cardiovascular Clinical Program, with its 14 functioning development teams, is one of Intermountain's two longest-standing programs. They have been successful in sustaining and building on the program’s accomplishments—year upon year—resulting in meaningful and measurable improvements in heart care.


1997 - Women & Newborns

Through best practice developments, such as the 39-week induction protocol and others, the Women & Newborns Clinical Program has improved outcomes, reduced costs, and has provided mothers and babies with the best care possible.


1998 - Primary Care

The Primary Care Clinical Program works with providers in Intermountain clinics and affiliated clinics to deliver high-quality care. The Primary Care Clinical Program’s focus is to research and apply practices that help patients prevent or better manage chronic conditions and live overall healthier lives.


2002 - Oncology

The Oncology Clinical Program and its 11 development teams work to develop evidence-based best practices to help patients with cancer. These teams have extensive cancer disease-specific expertise and, through research they conduct, are continually improving treatment options and outcomes.


2003 - Intensive Medicine

The Intensive Medicine Clinical Program includes six areas: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Trauma; Transport/Life Flight, Hospitalist, and TeleCritical Care. These multidisciplinary teams work together to develop evidence-based care processes for Intermountain’s most critically ill and injured patients.


2004 - Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Clinical Program and its 10 development teams work to develop evidence based practices to address the full spectrum of behavioral health conditions.Their integrated approach to mental health, substance use disorders, and overall health within Intermountain communities is critical for overall success and best practice. 


2004 - Surgical Services

The Surgical Services Clinical Program analyzes, develops, and implements the best surgical care based on evidence. They have been successful in engaging surgeons across Intermountain in work that has improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.


2005 - Pediatric Specialties

The Pediatric Specialties Clinical Program collaborates with all Clinical Programs to provide children with the highest quality care in the most convenient locations possible. The program’s teams work to extend the expertise of Primary Children’s pediatric subspecialties to support pediatric services throughout Intermountain's service areas.


2014 - Musculoskeletal

The Musculoskeletal Clinical Program is working to innovate the way orthopedic care is delivered. They use a collaborative approach with the healthcare team to evaluate and treat orthopedic conditions and injuries and engage patients in developing treatment options that help them live as healthy as possible.


2014 - Neurosciences

The Neurosciences Clinical Program’s multidisciplinary team includes specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, neuropsychology, and radiology. Together, they work to provide comprehensive and evidence based brain, orthopedic, spine, and neurological care to patients throughout Intermountain.


2018 - Medical Specialties

Medical Specialties Clinical Program is the medical home for affiliated and employed providers within the following specialties: Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Sleep Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Dermatology, Anticoagulation & Thrombosis.

The Intermountain Healthcare Medical Specialties Clinical Program creates a professional home for medical specialists where high-quality, low-cost specialty care is provided to all patients regardless of their location. They strive to have engaged frontline caregivers providing exceptional collaborative care and consultation.