Recognition

During 2017, the Intermountain Healthcare system, its hospitals, its teams, and its people were recognized with a variety of honors. Following are a few received in 2017:

  • Intermountain ranked No. 1 on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for the second consecutive year.
  • Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital was ranked among the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties.
  • Intermountain Medical Center was ranked among the U.S. News Best Hospitals for pulmonology.
  • Intermountain Healthcare received the prestigious Hearst Health Prize for its mental health integration program.
  • Four Intermountain hospitals were included among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals as determined by IBM Watson Health, previously known asTruven Health Analytics.
  • Eight Intermountain hospitals received the 2017 Hospital Quality Award from HealthInsight for excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures.
  • Intermountain played a key role in the I-PASS Study Group, a patient safety research consortium, which received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Intermountain was included among the Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.
  • Intermountain was included among Health Care’s Most Wired for the 18th time in the past 19 years.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Intermountain Foundation was named a “High Performer” by the Association for Healthcare Philathropy.
  • Intermountain President and CEO, Marc Harrison, MD, was included among the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in Healthcare, and among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare as identified by Modern Healthcare.

View a more complete listing of recognitions here.

Key Events

Innovation
  • Intermountain continued to establish itself as a leader and innovator in the field of personalized cancer medicine during 2017 with several key developments in precision genomics, including:
    • Expansion of the ICG100™ Comprehensive Gene panel tests to include 162 genes often associated with cancer pathways.
    • Creation of a Translational Science Center to house high-throughput, next-generation sequencing instruments for large-scale genome sequencing.
    • Implementation of the new ICG100™ ONCO Focus Panel genomic test that can provide valuable analysis and clinical utility for stage IV cancer patients when only a small tissue sample is available.
    • Navican Genomics, Inc., an Intermountain company, closed $15 million Series A financing to accelerate commercialization and expansion of its Precision Cancer Care offering, including TheraMap™ solution, which harnesses the power of precision genomics, clinical analytics, and patient services for optimal cancer management.
    • Navican and Royal Philips signed an agreement to deploy a precision health informatics solution to allow hospitals and health systems worldwide to access the sophisticated services of Intermountain’s successful precision medicine program in a “turn-key” manner.
    • Agena Bioscience and Intermountain announced a strategic collaboration to expand the use of molecular tests in oncology applications.
  • Intermountain became the first health system in the U.S. to adopt needle-free technology from San Francisco-based Velano Vascular for inpatient blood draws across all 22 hospitals.
  • Researchers from University of Utah Health Care, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute received a grant for $3.8 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop an advanced cancer screening tool that will couple electronic health record technologies with advanced clinical decision support (CDS) tools.
  • Researchers at Intermountain Medical Center and Intermountain Precision Genomics launched a three-year study to determine if a blood test that looks for DNA from a cancer tumor can be used to complement mammography to improve the way breast cancer is diagnosed.
Growth
  • Construction began on the Intermountain Kem Gardner Transformation Center. The facility on the Intermountain Medical Center campus will be completed in 2018 and will be the home for institutes that train healthcare leaders from across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Intermountain Healthcare and Oxeon formed and launched Empiric Health, an independent company that offers a revolutionary program to enable evidenced-based medicine.
  • A new wound clinic at Intermountain Riverton Hospital opened to treat patients with injuries or chronic conditions like diabetes that result in slow-healing wounds.
  • The outpatient clinics at the new Intermountain Layton Hospital opened to patients, with the full hospital and emergency services opening in late summer 2018.
Community and Community Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare pledged to reduce by 40% the average amount of opioids prescribed per acute pain prescription at its hospitals and clinics by the end of 2018, becoming the first U.S. health system to formally set such a significant and specific reduction target.
  • Intermountain also announced it would provide an additional $2 million in 2018 to support community efforts and programs of Utah’s Opioid Community Collaborative to decrease opioid misuse, overdose, and deaths.
  • Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison, MD, outlined how Utah is faring much better than most places in the U.S. for healthcare services at affordable costs, in a presentation before approximately 400 community and healthcare leaders.
  • Intermountain Healthcare LiVe Well, Utah-based Associated Food Stores, and the Utah Department of Health worked together to introduce LiVe Well check stands in 43 grocery stores. The clearly marked LiVe Well Lanes feature only healthy fruits and snacks hand-selected by dietitians.
  • The third phase of the Intermountain Saving Lives exhibit opened at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City, adding additional experiences in the new Intermountain Life Flight Rescue Hangar, where children can discover the supporting roles of a rescue team.
  • Intermountain Healthcare leadership committed to support the organization’s approximately 150 caregivers who could be affected by a potential repeal of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, helping them to file paperwork required to legally live and work in the U.S.
  • Intermountain Healthcare provided support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a $200,000 donation to the Texas Hospital Association (THA) Employee Assistance Fund. The funds provided disaster relief for affected healthcare workers, and included individual gifts from several hundred Intermountain caregivers who stepped up to help personally.
  • Intermountain and United Way of Salt Lake, in partnership with Promise South Salt Lake, opened a telehealth kiosk at the Columbus Center to provide low-cost care to underserved populations in the City of South Salt Lake.
  • Richard and Jane Spillman contributed $5 million to Intermountain Foundation at Logan Regional Hospital to enhance the programmatic efforts at the Gossner Cancer Center. The gift is an endowment that will fund oncology clinical support services in perpetuity.
Organizational Change
  • Intermountain Healthcare expanded its Executive Leadership Team and realigned some executive leader roles to better address evolving healthcare challenges and patient and community needs.
  • Intermountain also began implementing changes in its internal structure to better serve patients and communities, moving from geographically defined administrative regions to a new system-wide structure with two main groups: Community Care and Specialty Care.
Excellence
  • The trauma center at Intermountain Healthcare's Dixie Regional Medical Center was verified as a Level II Trauma Center through a consultation and verification program of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center was designated as a National Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), joining only two dozen elite programs in the nation to earn this prestigious certification.
  • Organ transplantation in Utah and in the Intermountain West is getting a major boost thanks to a new partnership between Intermountain Healthcare’s Life Flight air ambulance and rescue service and Intermountain Donor Services, the organ procurement agency that serves the region.
  • Intermountain Life Flight officials created a new alliance with Intermountain Donor Services, and acquired a Cessna Citation/CJ4 jet that will be used primarily to retrieve organs for transplantation in the Intermountain West.