Sorenson Honored for Distinguished Service to Healthcare

30 October 2017
Charles Sorenson, MD (left) accepts Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award from UHA President/CEO Greg Bell. Charles Sorenson, MD (left) accepts Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award from UHA President/CEO Greg Bell. Nick Struhs

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 for his contributions to improving the quality of healthcare in the state of Utah in his role as President/CEO of Intermountain Healthcare.

Dr. Sorenson is currently President Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare and the Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, a position he assumed last October following his retirement as President and CEO. Under his direction, the Leadership Institute will equip leaders with the knowledge and competencies they need to drive change in healthcare.

Dr. Sorenson served as President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare from January 2009 until his retirement from this position in October 2016. Prior to that, he served for eleven years as Intermountain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, Intermountain launched a broad range of healthcare innovation strategies to continue driving the shift from a fee-for-service model of healthcare delivery to a fee-for-value model.

Throughout his esteemed career, Charles has received many accolades for his efforts to improve healthcare delivery. Dr. Sorenson was honored by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for five consecutive years, and as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” for six consecutive years. He also was the exclusive recipient of the “Healthcare Leadership Award” in 2016 from Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Sorenson has been very committed to giving back to his profession as well as his community. He has served as president of the Utah Urologic Society as well as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Utah Medical Association. He is an adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and served as educational director of LDS Hospital’s Urologic Residency. Dr. Sorenson also participated as a member of the UHA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee from 1998 to 2008.

Dr. Sorenson has also served on the executive committee and board of directors of Envision Utah. In tandem with his Envision Utah work, Charles was a member of the Clean Air Action Team, created by Governor Herbert to evaluate strategies and develop a holistic approach to solving Utah's air quality issues.

“Today, in large part due to Dr. Sorenson’s impeccable leadership, Intermountain is regarded nationally and internationally as a model health system known for high quality, sustainable costs and innovation,” commented UHA President/CEO Greg Bell. “We are fortunate to have gained from his dedication and commitment to healthcare improvement in our state.”