The best healthcare in the world can’t make a difference if people can’t access it — or afford it. That’s why Intermountain has reorganized around two basic premises: First, we’re in the business of keeping people well. Second, when people are sick, we want to ensure they have access to the best possible care for the lowest possible cost.
- Crisis Care Services
- Critical + Hospitalist Care
- Critical Care
- Hospitalist MedSurg
- Hospitalist Nocturnal
- Hospitalist Post Acute Care
- Infectious Disease Antibiotic Stewardship Program
- Infectious Diseases Consults
- Medical Oncology
- Neuro Stroke
- NeuroCritical Care
- Pediatric Craniofacial Consults
- Pediatric Critical Care
- Pediatric Newborn Critical Care
- Pediatric Trauma
- Wound Care
The Alliance for the Determinants of Health provides a data-driven understanding of community needs. A social needs assessment is administered in the clinical setting to establish a baseline of social needs. This opens a dialogue about barriers participants face outside clinic walls. Participants who report moderate to severe social need are offered the support of a Community Health Worker (CHW). The needs assesment guides the prioritization of next steps as the CHW and participant make a plan and set goals. In September 2019, the Alliance hit a milestone by screening the 100th participant. The top social needs in the Alliance geographies are transportation, food insecurity, housing, and dental care. More than 300 referrals have been given, such as helping a participant in a rural area receive prescription delivery and shepherding a person experiencing homelessness through the paperwork to secure permanent housing. Read more about this story here.
Promoting mental wellbeing to prevent suicide, Intermountain’s Zero Suicide initiative helps people navigate crises and get access to timely, effective care. Our work in 2019 involved new pilots and protocols in clinical contexts like the emergency department and SelectHealth member services. It also focused on our community of over 40,000 caregivers. Cultivating a mentally healthy organization involves responding effectively in the aftermath of traumatic events and creating a coordinated approach to promote mental wellbeing in everyday lives. More than 30,000 caregivers and 14,000 community members completed at least one Intermountain-supported training this year to enhance their confidence and competence in supporting others in times of mental and emotional distress. Read more about this story here.
Residents of Sandy, Utah, were potentially exposed to lead in 2019 as a result of the city’s water contamination. While the duration of the potential exposure to lead from this incident was brief, Intermountain alongside the Salt Lake County Health Department provided no-cost blood lead testing for the community. Though the exposure is unlikely to have any long-term health impacts, we wanted to help alleviate concerns and rebuild confidence in the community. Read more about this story here.