A New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst article in May 2016 focused on Utah’s ranking as the top state in the nation when looking at both the health of the population and per-capita healthcare costs. On several measures of health quality, Utah leads or is among the country’s leaders. For example, the ratio of medical discharges per thousand Medicare enrollees is 32% lower in Utah than the national average. On average, hospitalized Medicare patients in Utah went home in 0.83 patient days per enrollee, versus 1.42 nationally. And per-capita healthcare costs in Utah historically are among the lowest in the country.
Neighboring Idaho, a portion of which also comprises Intermountain Healthcare’s service area, also joins Utah and only about seven other states in this “sweet spot”—achieving high levels on the healthiness scale while also performing well on the affordability scale.
ECOMOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF INTERMOUNTAIN*
Utah jobs attributable to Intermountain (direct, indirect, and induced).
7.7% OF UTAH
Employee earnings in Utah attributable to Intermountain (direct, indirect, and induced).
5.9% OF UTAH
Intermountain’s contribution to Utah’s economy and percentage of Utah’s GDP
6.6% OF UTAH
*Source: Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, 2015 data
Several factors contribute to these good results, including the relatively young age and high education levels of the population, healthy lifestyles, strong family and social support networks, and other factors. And as a leading health system in the region, Intermountain has long been dedicated to providing high-quality care at the lowest sustainable costs. With an integrated healthcare network that focuses on helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain plays an important role in helping Utah and the region achieve excellent medical outcomes at significantly lower costs.
Intermountain was widely recognized in 2016 in national awards, rankings, and other honors, including the following:
- 100 Top Hospitals. In its annual top hospitals study, Truven Health Analytics honored three Intermountain hospitals—LDS Hospital, Logan Regional Hospital, and McKay-Dee Hospital—as being among the nation’s 100 best hospitals. In Truven’s related study of the nation’s top health systems, Intermountain was ranked among the top quintile of all systems for the second consecutive year. In addition, Becker’s Hospital Review named Intermountain Medical Center as one of its 100 Great Hospitals in America for 2016. And an organization called iVantage Health Analytics included three Intermountain hospitals—Bear River Valley, Cedar City, and Sevier Valley—among the country’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals.
- Supply Chain Excellence. Intermountain Healthcare was ranked as the No. 1 overall healthcare supply chain organization in the nation in 2016 by Gartner. The ranking recognizes companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient care and lowering costs. Intermountain has ranked among the top companies on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for several years, ranking No. 3 in both 2014 and 2015.
- National Spotlight for Transforming Healthcare. Several high-profile news articles and reports focused on Intermountain’s success in bending the healthcare cost curve while also achieving high quality. A New York Times feature article entitled, “A Novel Plan for Health Care: Cutting Costs, Not Raising Them,” highlighted Intermountain’s efforts around population health and the introduction of the SelectHealth Share population health product for large employers.
- Health Innovation. Intermountain was highlighted in Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 40 hospitals and health systems with innovation centers, and the organization’s innovation process was regularly featured in various national and healthcare trade media outlets. It also again earned a spot on the InformationWeek Elite 100 list of business technology innovators for creating a culture of innovation.
- U.S. News Best Hospitals. Primary Children’s Hospital again ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked among the best nationally in nine out of the 10 pediatric specialties that are researched and ranked by U.S. News.
- Certifications and Designations. Various Intermountain facilities achieved important certifications and designations during 2016. Intermountain Medical Center earned designation as the only hospital in Utah to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Emergency Department at Cedar City Hospital received approval as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Utah Department of Health. And Intermountain’s Precision Genomics core laboratory earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists.
- Community Value. Seven Intermountain hospitals were designated as 2016 Community Value Five-Star Hospitals for being financially sound, reinvesting in the facility, maintaining a low cost structure, charging reasonable rates, and providing high-quality care.
- Employer of Choice. Intermountain and SelectHealth again received several work environment and employment-related honors in 2016, including: Great Places to Work in Healthcare (Becker’s Hospital Review), America’s Best Employers (Forbes), Great Workplace Award (Gallup), 100 Best Places to Work in IT (Computerworld), and Fit-Friendly Worksite (American Heart Association).
- Consumer Choice. National Research Corporation (NRC) again presented the Consumer Choice Award to three Intermountain hospitals—McKay-Dee, Intermountain Medical Center, and Utah Valley—for being the top-rated hospitals in their respective markets—Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo/Orem. In addition, three hospitals—Dixie Regional, LDS, and Logan Regional—were honored by NRC with 2016 Dimension Awards for excellence in specific dimensions of the patient experience.
- Leadership Recognition. Intermountain leaders continued to be recognized among the best in the healthcare industry. In 2016, Intermountain executives were included on national lists of the top health IT leaders, top financial and operations executives, most influential physician executives, leaders in patient safety, top rural hospital leaders, and various other individual honors.
- Hospital Quality Awards. In 2016, 14 Intermountain hospitals received the HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award for strong performance on a range of inpatient and outpatient process-of-care measures, patient satisfaction scores, and readmission rates. All 14 of Intermountain’s winning hospitals ranked at or above the 75th percentile nationally.
- Most Wired. For the 17th time in the past 18 years, Intermountain Healthcare was included among Health Care’s Most Wired as designated by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
“It’s really hard to think of a healthcare organization not just in the United States but worldwide that’s been more significant than Intermountain Healthcare—now for decades—in pursuit of what I call the Triple Aim: better care, better health, and lower costs. The medical landscape would be phenomenally different and far less favorable without the contributions Intermountain has made.”
—Donald Berwick, MD
Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health; former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; co-founder and past president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement