Intermountain leaders revealed additional details about the new Primary Children’s Hospital campus to be built in Lehi during a recent news conference. Officials provided a preview of what services and programs families can expect to access closer to home when the hospital opens its doors in 2023 in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. They also announced Lisa Paletta, RN, as the administrator for the new hospital.
The planned 38-acre campus will be built near 3300 West 2100 North in Lehi, and will feature five floors, 66 beds, and a three-story medical office building, with a combined 468,000 square feet.
Pediatric care will be delivered by a medical team integrated with Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Pediatric specialists at University of Utah Health will also work together with Primary Children’s to bring the best pediatric care possible to the new campus.
The new campus will address the rapidly growing pediatric population in Utah County, which some estimates indicate will be equal to that of Salt Lake County by 2040.
With this growth comes an urgent need for high-quality, comprehensive pediatric care in the community. As part of our promise to build the nation’s model health system for children, Intermountain will meet this need through innovative programs, initiatives, and facilities—one of which includes the construction the new hospital campus in Lehi.
Plans for the campus in Lehi include:
- Pediatric specialty trauma and emergency services
- Pediatric and newborn intensive care units
- Operating rooms and surgical services
- Inpatient mental health services
- Safe and Healthy Families Clinic
- Sleep medicine services
- Infusion services
- Rehabilitation and other outpatient services
- Laboratory services
- Imaging services
Additional amenities at the hospital will include food services, a gift shop, pharmacy, a rooftop outdoor space, and family-friendly environment. Crews are expected to begin construction on the hospital later this year.
Paletta, the former administrator of Alta View Hospital and former assistant vice president of Integrated Care Management for Intermountain, has been with the organization for more than 26 years. She’ll oversee the new hospital campus design and construction and lead the hiring of an administrative team and caregivers.
Paletta led Alta View Hospital during its recent reconstruction and played a key role in the development, design, and construction of Utah Valley Hospital’s new outpatient building and patient tower as a nurse administrator there.
“Primary Children’s has a rich history of putting the Child First and Always, and I’m excited to be a part of that legacy in Utah County,” Paletta said. “We’re deeply committed to bringing high-quality pediatric care to this growing area, and I look forward to working in this community that I call home.”
“Lisa is a strategic thinker and skilled operator who has helped her leadership and caregiver teams consistently deliver—and improve upon—outstanding patient care, experiences, and clinical quality,” said Katy Welkie, RN, CEO of Primary Children’s Hospital and vice president of Intermountain’s Children’s Health. “She’s the perfect choice to lead the construction process, campus opening, and the outstanding critical-care and outpatient services that will be provided at the new campus.”
Primary Children’s campus in Lehi will provide a single campus of pediatric expertise, offering safe and convenient subspecialty care without duplicating services.
The additional Primary Children’s Hospital campus was announced in January as part of Intermountain’s unprecedented $500 million plan to create a national model for children’s health that will enhance the well-being of children in Utah and surrounding states for generations to come.
The model health system for children will include Intermountain’s extensive network of clinics and hospitals, Primary Children’s Hospital and its partnership with University of Utah Health, and community groups and organizations that help children. It will feature advancements in pediatric health research, innovation, community health outreach, and state-of-the-art technology. Plans to create the model inspired a $50 million gift from Utah businesswoman, civic leader, and philanthropist Gail Miller and the Miller family.