Intermountain conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment during 2016 to identify the greatest health challenges facing communities served by each of our 22 hospitals. This was done in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and local health departments in each community. 

As a result of the assessment, Intermountain identified four health priority needs: prevention of prediabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and prescription opioid misuse. We are now addressing these needs (especially for low-income and underserved people) through screening, education, and treatment. For more information on the assessment, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.

The assessment is just one of the ways we promote health and access to care for people in our communities. We provide services directly and in collaboration with others. In 2016, our Community Benefit efforts included:

Community clinic visits
Clinic Visits

Community clinics for low-income and uninsured. Intermountain owns four community and school clinics and provides financial and in-kind support to 48 independently owned clinics. These clinics cared for patients in 456,860 total visits in 2016.

Financial assistance provided for people who cannot pay
Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for people unable to pay. We provided more than $419.5 million (unadjusted) in 248,673 cases. Does not include $243.5 million in bad debts (care provided to people unwilling to pay).

Diagnostic vouchers reduce barriers
Vouchers

Diagnostic vouchers. Intermountain gave nearly 10,000 vouchers valued at $8.3 million to 48 community and safety net clinics, reducing barriers to accessing diagnostic services.

Health profession education
Education

Health professions education. We provided education for medical residents and college-level clinic training valued at $35.9 million.

Intermountain supports medical research
Research

Medical research. Intermountain provided more than $9.2 million in support of medical research.

Intermountain Community Care Foundation grants
Grants

Intermountain Community Care Foundation provided $4.3 million in grants to improve access to healthcare services for low-income, uninsured, or medically underserved people.