A Gift of Philanthropy - Sorenson Legacy Tower Opens Its Doors

Prominent members in the Utah County community speak about why they donated to the new Utah Valley Hospital renovation project, which opened on February 12, 2018.

Ascent Campaign Giving Stories

Karen Ashton

Alan and Karen Ashton

Karen Ashton is a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Utah Valley Hospital six years ago. Today, Karen is strong, healthy, and thankful for the kindness and expertise of her caregivers. Both she and her husband Alan say they are eternally grateful for the new perspective on life the experience gave them. “On my last day of treatment, I rang the chemo bell so hard I nearly took it off the wall,” Karen recently recalled. “Now I know there are few things in life that make more of a difference than giving back.”

The Ashtons’ gratitude motivated them to make the very first gift to the capital campaign at Utah Valley Hospital – a generous contribution to support the new Education Center auditorium. When it opens in December, the new Ashton Auditorium will be a valuable resource for the hospital and the community. The auditorium has the capacity to seat up to 700 people, and on-site trainings for Intermountain caregivers will take place here. The auditorium will also be made available to local not-for-profit groups to use for meetings or other functions, as availability allows.

Karen said she was motivated to support the auditorium because, “I love it when people and education come together, making people better equipped to deal with whatever is going on in their lives.” The Ashtons are well-known for their philanthropic passion for causes in Utah County, and their support of the hospital is no exception. Karen said, “Come and help us at the hospital. Help us particularly in those areas where people are so vulnerable physically. What an opportunity this is for every mother, every father, every community-minded person in this valley to help make a difference in the lives of generations. Let’s do this together.”

Todd Pedersen

Todd and Andie Pedersen

As many in Utah Valley know, Todd Pedersen is an extraordinary entrepreneur. A Utah County resident who started his first company in a trailer, Todd envisioned the future of home security and smart home solutions and experienced great success by bringing both to the residential market. Today, backed by a loyal workforce of nearly 7,000, with headquarters based in Provo, Vivint is a leading provider of smart home technology. Todd’s uncanny ability to foresee trends and technologies continues to drive the company’s success today.

That same ability to look into the future guided Todd’s assessment of Utah Valley Hospital’s replacement project. “This is going to be an amazing building and it’s super high tech,” he said. “It’s going to be one of the greatest projects ever done in this community.”

While Todd and his wife Andie’s original gift was generous, his eventual gift is the project’s single largest gift to date. The donation will be used to fund the hospital’s new 12-story Patient Tower, which will be the tallest building in the city when it opens in the fall of 2018. Patient rooms in the new tower will be 33 percent larger than the average room in the existing tower, which will allow more space for caregivers and families. The Patient Tower will be named after the Pedersens in recognition of their substantial donation.

“As Andie and I thought about our level of commitment to the hospital project,” he continued, “we knew that we could do better and that, as co-chair of the Ascent Campaign, I needed to set a strong example for others to follow. This hospital is so vitally important, so critical to this community. My family has received direct benefit. I can’t tell you the number of Vivint employees who have been blessed by its services. Andie and I came to the conclusion that there is nothing more important than supporting our family and our employees, and helping to take care of our community’s health.”

Scott Barlow

Scott Barlow and Revere Health

Utah Valley Hospital and Revere Health have had a longstanding healthcare relationship, with many patients receiving treatment at Revere Health while also utilizing the advanced services of the hospital. Because both organizations share a focus on the patient and a desire to make the patient experience effective, efficient, and comfortable, Revere Health has contributed a generous gift of $1 million to help fund the new Education Center in the Utah Valley Clinic.

Scott Barlow, CEO of Revere Health, said, "I think this project is an opportunity that doesn't come around very often. Whether someone has been a recipient of care at the hospital, has visited a family member, or experienced a career opportunity, it's a great chance to step up, say thank you, and set a legacy for the future of exceptional healthcare in our community."

Another connection between the hospital and Revere Health is a planned pedestrian bridge that will span 500 West, making it safer for patients, their families, and caregivers to walk from Utah Valley Hospital to Revere Health.

"It's very metaphorical to the whole relationship," Scott said. "First, it represents our mutual focus on safety. And second, it speaks to the commitment of both organizations to work collaboratively in the best interest of the patient."

Fraser Bullock

Fraser Bullock

Fraser Bullock, a longtime Utah County resident, BYU graduate, and managing director at Sorenson Capital, was inspired to give to the hospital replacement project after a terrifying personal experience. In the spring of 2015 while driving to work in rush hour traffic, he experienced a massive heart attack. Miraculously, he managed to pull out of traffic. Just one car pulled up to help, it was his son-in-law. He was taken to the waiting doctors and nurses at Utah Valley Hospital.

Within minutes of arrival, Fraser was in the hospital’s Cardiac Cath Lab. Cardiologist Dr. Charles Dahl inserted a stent and cleared Fraser’s blocked artery, saving his life. He spent several days in the hospital and weeks in Cardiac Rehab. He loved the caregivers, but felt the facilities were lacking, especially the small patient rooms. 

In gratitude, Fraser and his wife, Jennifer, directed their gift to help fund the new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and to assure larger patient rooms. “It was not only a thank you for saving my life, but also a thank you to Intermountain for having the courage and resources to build new facilities like this,” he said. “It’s for our family, our children, and our grandchildren. It’s for our friends and neighbors. This will assure the best healthcare possible for us and is a project we can all support.”