The Future of Primary Children's
In early 2020, Intermountain Healthcare announced it is building a second Primary Children’s Hospital campus in Lehi, Utah. The planned 38-acre campus at 2250 N Miller Campus Drive (approximately 3300 West and 2100 North) will feature five floors, 66 beds, and a three-story medical office building, with a combined 486,000 square feet. Construction began in August 2020 with an anticipated project completion date in early 2024.
The new campus is part of Intermountain Healthcare’s unprecedented $500 million plan to create a national model for children’s health that will enhance the well-being of children in Utah and surrounding states for generations to come.
Comprehensive Pediatric Care to Address Community Need
The new campus will address the rapidly growing pediatric population in Utah County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, which some estimates indicate will be equal to that of Salt Lake County by 2040. With this growth, and the growth in southern Salt Lake County, comes an urgent need for high-quality, comprehensive pediatric care.
Nearly one-third of Primary's patients come from Utah County and South Salt Lake County. Extending the expertise of pediatric care into our communities makes for a more central and easily accessible location where our patients and their families live. We are able to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Primary Children’s marked a major milestone in the project with a traditional “topping off” ceremony.
The final steel beam was lifted into place by crane as a small gathering of Intermountain and Primary Children’s Hospital leadership, construction and architect teams, Lehi City, Foundation leaders and donors looked on. In the days leading up to the event, the beam was signed by hundreds of people, including community members, donors, patients, caregivers and others with interest in the project.
Fast Facts About the Hospital Campus
The second campus will feature a full-service children's hospital providing the specialty pediatric services of our Salt Lake campus, with the exclusions of transplant and heart surgery. Estimated at approximately $335 million, the L-shaped building will house both hospital and clinic services, including:
- Pediatric specialty trauma and emergency services
- Pediatric and newborn intensive care units
- Medical and surgical unit
- Operating rooms and surgical services
- Inpatient and outpatient behavioral and mental health services
- Safe and Healthy Families clinic
- Sleep medicine services
- Infusion services
- Rehabilitation services
- Specialty outpatient clinics
- Laboratory services
- Imaging services
- Pharmacy services
Check back for more details as they become available!
Lisa Paletta, RN, will serve as administrator of the Primary Children’s Lehi campus. Paletta has been with the Intermountain Healthcare for more than 26 years and will oversee the new hospital campus design and construction and lead the hiring of an administrative team and caregivers.
Paletta led Alta View Hospital during its recent reconstruction and played a key role in the development, design and construction of Utah Valley Hospital’s outpatient building and patient tower in her work as chief nursing officer there. She has also served as administrator of Alta View Hospital and worked as former assistant vice president of Integrated Care Management for Intermountain.
Christopher Miller, MD, will serve as medical director. As medical director, Dr. Miller will work in partnership with administrative, physician and nursing leaders to help define, establish, and direct clinical care teams, provide medical direction and leadership and serve as a liaison between the medical staff and hospital administration.
Dr. Miller has nearly 15 years of experience at Primary Children’s, currently serving as Medical Director of Medical Affairs with concurrent leadership roles with the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and the Intermountain Med/Surg Operation Lane. He completed his undergraduate work at University of Montana and received his medical degree from University of Utah School of Medicine. He has remained active in academic research, other scholarly activities, and quality improvement projects throughout his career, and completed his Master of Healthcare Administration in 2020.
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