Course Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Courses at the Leadership Institute focus on facilitating shared learning around trusted, principle-based healthcare leadership and decision making.
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Developing Trusted Leaders™

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About the Program 

The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute provides advanced training for experienced clinical and operational leaders in not-for-profit and academic health systems who have the potential to make significant impacts within their organizations. Participants learn in an immersive and interactive environment from highly experienced and nationally recognized leaders from institutions such as Harvard Business School, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Intermountain Healthcare, and others. Through live simulation, case studies, teamwork, and wellness practices, participants advance both the skills and emotional intelligence to strengthen their ability to lead effectively at the complex intersection of clinical and operational excellence.

"We focus on timeless principles to develop trusted leaders at the intersection of clinical and operational excellence."  
- Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS
President and CEO Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare
Founding Director, Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute

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Benefits for the Organization

  • Develop trusted leaders who help lead positive, lasting change
  • Increase leadership competency and organizational loyalty through a commitment to professional development of high potential leaders
  • Gain valuable perspectives and insights from leaders of other highly respected not-for-profit and academic health systems
  • Enhance company culture as leaders apply timeless leadership principles
  • Prepare participants for additional leadership responsibilities

Benefits for the Participant

  • Enhance self-awareness of personal strengths for continued improvement
  • Articulate a trusted personal leadership brand to guide decisions and interactions
  • Increase confidence and effectiveness in leading individuals and teams
  • Communicate more clearly and effectively
  • Utilize specific and individualized professional development tools
  • Strengthen emotional and social intelligence
  • Develop a network of national experts, peers, and mentors to facilitate ongoing learning relationships
  • Effectively lead change in teams and the larger organization

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the Developing Trusted Leaders program for?

The program is for experienced healthcare leaders in not-for-profit organizations who possess the potential to make significant impacts on their organization’s culture, strategy, clinical, and cost performance.

What is unique about the Healthcare Leadership Institute?

We focus on timeless principles to develop leaders who exhibit the character and competence that creates trust and inspires others to engage their best efforts in the difficult but noble cause of creating positive and lasting change.

What is the curriculum?

The Institute utilizes values-based leadership principles to help healthcare leaders more fully develop the combination of character and competence that inspires trust – which is at the core of great leadership. The curriculum focuses on key competencies such as integrity, emotional intelligence, vision, effective communication, strong relationships, the ability to lead effective teams, and personal accountability.

What is the format of the program?

Participants learn from engaging and inspiring faculty from Harvard Business School, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Intermountain Healthcare, and other leading institutions. Case studies and teamwork engage participants in provocative debate and encourage ongoing relationships. The program provides opportunity to participate in simulation to experience and hone executive decision making that integrates ethical and values-driven considerations. The program also includes wellness practices to support holistic and sustainable leadership.

Where is the Healthcare Leadership Institute?

The Institute is at the Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center on the campus of Intermountain Medical Center, 5026 State Street, Murray, Utah.

What is the cost to attend?

Tuition for Cohorts 3 and 4 is $14,500 (USD). An early-bird discount of $1,500 will be available by completing the application process by the deadlines below. The early-bird discount may be voided if payment is not received by the payment due date. (An international wire transfer fee of $25 will be applied to wire payments made from outside the United States.)

   Early Bird Registration Deadline   Application Deadline   Payment Due 
 Cohort 3   Nov. 15, 2019   Jan. 15, 2019  March 2, 2020 
 Cohort 4   March 16, 2020   May 15, 2020   June 15, 2020 

The tuition fee includes:

  • Seminar attendance in the Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center
  • Lodging at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center Hotel
  • Course materials
  • Access to Harvard online lessons, resources, and tool kits
  • Certificate of completion
  • CME and CNE credit (see application page for accreditation information)
  • Meals

May I attend if I am going to finance it myself?

Yes. You will need to include a letter of recommendation when submitting your application for the course. If you are accepted, you will receive an invitation to submit a registration form where you will mark if you are self-pay or if your organization is sponsoring you to attend.

Why do I need to submit an endorsement form?

An endorsement helps us maintain high standards for acceptance into the course, which ensures that your experience will be engaging, enriching, and effective at helping you develop as a trusted leader. The participant experience is dependent on the make-up of the cohort as attendees will be paired with learning partners and will meet in small groups to work through collaborative case studies, live simulations, and other educational experiences.

How can I apply?

Apply here to be considered for participation in the course. Upon your acceptance, you will receive an invitation to register for the program. After payment is received, you will be officially welcomed to the Healthcare Leadership Institute.


Why is the central focus of this program trusted leadership?


Almost everyone knows these are challenging times for healthcare. While we’ve made great strides in improving the quality and safety of healthcare over the past 40 years, substantial challenges remain. These include widely variable clinical outcomes, inconsistent application of evidence-based best practices, inadequate engagement of patients in decision making and chronic disease management, and widespread provider burnout – all while healthcare costs are unsustainable for governments, employers, families and individuals.

Solving these problems will require significant changes in the ways we provide care and in changing payment systems to align best outcomes with rewards for health systems, physicians, and payments. Leading that kind of change will demand great expertise at the intersection of organizational operations, finance, clinical science, and clinical culture. And above all it will require leaders who have earned the trust of those they serve – including front-line caregivers who must help design and implement needed changes.

Many leadership courses focus on strategy, organizational restructuring, change management, and quality improvement. These are certainly important. But without principle-based leadership that creates trust, efforts at transforming our health systems will not succeed in the long term. That’s why the focus of our program is the combination of competence and character needed to create lasting trust that enables positive and lasting changes we need in healthcare today.   

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Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center


The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute is housed in the Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center on the Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray, Utah. This state-of-the-art building, with commanding views of the stunning Wasatch Mountains, was carefully designed to foster an environment of collaborative learning, simulation, reflection, and imagination. The Transformation Center also houses the Intermountain Healthcare Delivery InstituteIntermountain Clinical Programs, and other innovation programs. 

The construction of the Transformation Center was made possible by the generosity of Utah philanthropist Kem C. Gardner.

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