Intermountain Healthcare and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital are launching a bold plan to enhance mental and behavioral health services for children and teens in crisis throughout the Intermountain West—an effort that has inspired an extraordinary $10 million gift from Utah community leaders Greg and Julie Cook.
The Cooks’ generous and transformational gift to the Intermountain Foundation will help Intermountain Healthcare and the experts at Primary Children’s expand and enhance behavioral health services to improve mental wellness in children and teens and help prevent mental health crises.
With the help of the Cooks’ gift, Intermountain Healthcare and Primary Children’s Hospital will begin to offer:
- A new pediatric assessment, referral, and consultation service to screen, triage, and place children in the right services, both virtually and in person. Services will include both crisis response and stabilization, as well as a full array of treatment options.
- Expansion of available care options, including a call center, TeleHealth services, and in-home crisis services. The call center will connect families to local providers and services throughout the Intermountain West.
- A new pediatric behavioral health unit located at the second Primary Children’s Hospital campus being built in Lehi. Offering both inpatient and outpatient services, the new hospital will include a 12-bed behavioral health unit with private outdoor space conducive to healing and spiritual health.
“When we learned about Intermountain’s effort to address behavioral health in children, we were inspired to help,” said Greg Cook, a founding executive of dōTERRA essential oils company and a member of the Primary Children’s Hospital Governing Board. “The children who live throughout the six-state area that Primary Children’s Hospital serves cannot be left without these vital services. No suicide needs to happen. It is preventable if all of us work together to be part of the solution.”
Julie Cook said, “We’ve had many conversations with people whose children were struggling, and they didn’t know where to go for help. We thought something needs to be done to change this. Our gift was a way to make a difference.”
The new behavioral health programming made possible by the Cook’s gift to the Intermountain Foundation—a critical first contribution that has helped ignite an active groundswell of support—will help to address these unique challenges, and position Utah as the home for the nation’s healthiest kids.
The model health system for children contains three areas of focus:
- Strengthen Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, pushing the boundaries of one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospitals
- Address children’s emerging health needs, reaching beyond hospital walls to ensure community environments that keep children healthy, happy, and safe
- Extend care excellence across the Intermountain West, so more families can access top-quality resources for children
Read more about the expansion of pediatric behavioral health services here.