Intermountain Caregivers, Hospitals Honored for Leadership and Clinical Excellence

Fourteen Intermountain Healthcare hospitals received the 2016 HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award, which recognizes the top 25 percent of hospitals in Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico for success in delivering high-quality care, as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ quality of care measures, HCAHPS scores, and best practice adherence data. 

HealthInsight, which sponsors the awards, is a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare consulting organization that works to improve health and healthcare for patients and providers. The awards are based on hospital performance on publicly reported quality-of-care measures, which are weighted among hospitals nationally. 

Of the 18 Utah hospitals that received the award, 14 were from Intermountain Healthcare, including Alta View, American Fork, Bear River Valley, Cedar City, Delta Community, Dixie Regional, Garfield Memorial, Logan Regional, McKay-Dee, Park City, Sanpete Valley, Sevier Valley, TOSH, and Utah Valley. HealthInsight’s Hospital Quality Awards were given at the Utah Hospital Association’s annual awards ceremony. 

Additional awards received by people affiliated with Intermountain included:
  • The Urban Trustee Service Award was given to F. Ann Millner, EdD, a Utah State senator, former president of Weber State University, and current member of the Intermountain Board of Trustees.

  • Rural Trustee Service Award was given to Robert Hicken. Hicken is a business owner in the Heber Valley area, and he is a current member and past chair of the Governing Board of Heber Valley Hospital.

  • Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award was given to Linda Leckman, MD. The award honors those exemplifying individual excellence and extraordinary effort in improving the Utah healthcare environment. Dr. Leckman, who has served as CEO of Intermountain Medical Group for the past 20 years and is a member of the Intermountain Board of Trustees, was recognized for her significant impact on the delivery of healthcare services in Utah. 

  • The Regents Award for outstanding senior leadership from Utah Healthcare Executives, which is the Utah chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was given to Kevin Brooks, Administrator of Utah Valley Hospital.

Emeritus CEO Gives Keynote Address, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Becker’s

Dr. Charles Sorenson, President Emeritus of Intermountain, recently gave a keynote speech and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Becker’s 5th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable on Nov. 8 in Chicago. 
Dr. Sorenson addressed the conference about misperceptions in healthcare and the future of care, particularly in light of the rapid pace of change.

“As healthcare leaders, we all recognize we live and operate in a very tumultuous time,” he said. “But I don’t want to overstate that. I’ve worked in healthcare for more than 40 years and I don’t recall any time where things were status quo. It’s always seemed like big change was imminent.”
“We now have an unparalleled opportunity to make healthcare better for the people we serve and to make it better for the people who choose this noble profession,” Dr. Sorenson added.
Dr. Sorenson went on to detail 10 common misperceptions about healthcare and their corresponding realities. Read more about his address here