New Hospital Designs Provide Improvements for Patients and Caregivers

By Janet Frank
Utah Valley Hospital Hospital Replacement Project

When healthcare systems invest in improving the physical design of their clinical spaces, the results are improved health outcomes and patient satisfaction and a lower long-term cost. That’s exactly what Intermountain Healthcare hopes to see with its capital improvement projects across its 22-hospital system.

Family reunites with the medical team that saved young mom's life after a blood clot nearly killed her

By Jason M. Carlton, APR
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“It was like a symphony — everybody played their role, and they played it perfectly…”

Arlee Gregerson delivered a beautiful baby girl via c-section in November, and two days later, she was doing great and feeling ready to return home when she lost consciousness in her husband’s arms.

Intermountain Healthcare Researchers Selected to Participate in the Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program

By Susan Gagnier
VPCAT-Scholars

As part of Intermountain Healthcare Senior Leadership’s efforts to invest in clinical investigation, the Intermountain Office of Research (OoR) has identified the training and mentoring of junior investigators as a high priority. These activities are imperative for advancing the standard of care for patients and align with Intermountain Healthcare’s vision of embedding research into the clinical care programs. The first step in this process had been to form a partnership with the University of Utah for the VPCAT Research Scholars Program. The VPCAT Research Scholars Program is designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to junior investigators committed to careers in clinical or translational research.

Beating Fast Food

By Caroline Shugart
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What is “fast food”? What eateries do you think of when you hear the phrase, “fast food”? Here are six restaurants: McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Time, Subway, Noodles and Company, and Einstein Bros. Bagels.  Are they purveyors of fast food?  And here are five foods: French fries, hamburgers, vanilla shakes, potato chips, and pepperoni pizza. Are these foods all examples of the dreaded fast food?

Plan for a Healthy New Year

By Caroline Shugart
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As the end of 2015 approaches, it is only natural that we evaluate our successes and failures for the year, and consider how we might change our behaviors for 2016.  Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, listed these as the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2015:  staying fit and healthy, losing weight, enjoying life to the fullest, spending less (and saving more), and spending more time with family and friends.  Any of these sound familiar? 


Core Leadership – a model for enhancing employee engagement

By Heather Brace
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Engaging front-line nursing has been a quest at Intermountain Healthcare for many years. We have tried many approaches and last year adopted a model that is proving very effective in improving staff engagement, enhancing communication and developing leadership skills in our five hospitals in the Salt Lake metro area.