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UHA 2018 Board Elected

The UHA Board of Trustees elected its 2018 leadership at the November 18th UHA Board meeting. Greg Poulsen, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, will serve as Chair beginning January 2018. He will serve in this capacity through December 2019. He succeeds Greg Angle, President/CEO of MountainStar Healthcare, who will continue to serve on the board as immediate…

A Medicaid Update from Greg Bell

Ms. Seema Verma, Administrator of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was in Utah on Monday, November 13th. Her visit coincided with CMS’s announcement that it had approved Utah’s unique waiver request to extend Medicaid to about 5,000 people who are homeless and/or addicts. Over the past couple of years the Legislature has reduced some felony drug-related crimes…

Matt Packard Named Trustee of the Year

Matt Packard, chair of Intermountain Healthcare’s South Region Board of Trustees, was recently awarded the 2017 Hospital Trustee Service Award by the Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented during the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge in Park City, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Utah’s healthcare sector while serving as a community trustee.…

Mark Stoddard Honored with Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award

Mark R. Stoddard, President and CEO of Rural Health Group and Central Valley Medical Center, located in Nephi, recently received the Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award, presented by Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented at the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference taking place at the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, honors those exemplifying individual excellence and extraordinary effort in improving…

Terri Kane Named Healthcare Executive of the Year

Terri Kane, vice president of Intermountain Healthcare’s South Region and CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Executive Award by the Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented during the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Utah’s healthcare community.…

Sorenson Honored for Distinguished Service to Healthcare

Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS, President Emeritus for Intermountain Healthcare, recently received the Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award, presented by Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented at the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference taking place at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, honors those individuals exemplifying individual excellence and extraordinary effort in improving the Utah healthcare environment. Dr. Sorenson was recognized…

Texas Hospital Assistance Fund established

Help the Texas Hospital Association support Texas hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. While thousands of our healthcare colleagues work around the clock to serve emergency response efforts, their families are being affected by this historic storm and flooding damage. The THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund has been created to assist…

Moody Chisholm Joins UHA Board

Moody L. Chisholm, regional vice president for Intermountain Healthcare, has been named to the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) Board of Trustees. As a member of the Board, Chisholm will join the 21-member group in developing policy and direction for the Association. As Regional Vice President, Chisholm oversees all aspects of leadership and operations for the seven Intermountain Healthcare hospitals in…

Re-focus at UHA's 2017 Fall Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the UHA 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, taking place October 18-20 at Silver Baron Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City. This year’s conference will focus on finding resiliency, recharging and re-discovering the healthcare leader in each of us. Friday will offer a morning of educational sessions related to leadership from both a personal and professional…

UHA Awards HOSA Scholarships

UHA recently presented four, $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors pursuing healthcare careers at the Utah State HOSA conference. Congratulations to the following students: Nicole Paepke, Westlake High School, has her CNA certificate and is planning to pursue a career in nursing; Ireland Kearns, Layton High School; plans to pursue a career in medical research; Jaden Maynard, Weber High School…

2017 Legislative Review

By Dave Gessel The following is a review of some of the legislation discussed at this year's Utah State Legislature that affects hospitals. For more information, contact Dave Gessel. Excellent legislative session for Utah’s hospitals and health systems!The 2017 session was a quiet but very effective session for Utah’s hospitals and health systems with significantly increased Medicaid funding and other…

Make Now the Time to Get Healthy

This article originally appeared in the Opinion section of the Deseret News, February 17, 2017 by UHA President/CEO Greg Bell.   “If you have your health you have everything.” Or so we’ve always heard. Good health is foundational to many important things in life — work, maintaining your home and yard, playing with your kids and grandchildren, active leisure, traveling…

2017 Legislative Session Begins

UHA staff, in concert with the UHA Government Relations Committee, has been working over the last several months to prepare for the 2017 Utah Legislative Session which convenes today, January 23rd. Topics UHA is monitoring related to state legislative activity include the following: Surprise billing and network adequacy Medical marijuana Police body cameras in hospitals Hospital lien legislation Nursing school…

Healthcare Excellence Recognized at Annual Awards Dinner

UHA recently recognized excellence in healthcare leadership, governance, quality and patient care at the 2016 UHA Annual Awards dinner. This year's event took place at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City on October 13th. Congratulations to the following individuals who were recognized by UHA: Ann Millner, trustee for Intermountain Healthcare, was honored with the Urban Trustee Service…

Utah Lake Algal Bloom Update

Utah and Salt Lake counties are experiencing the effects of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) originating from Utah Lake. The Jordan River and related waterways are also affected by the algal bloom. Because the algae may release toxins ino the water that can be dangerous to humans and animals, the Salt Lake County Health Department advises people to refrain from…