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First-of-Its Kind Mental Health Translational Research Building Receives $90M in Funding from Utah State Lawmakers

Yesterday, during a special session of the Utah State Legislature, lawmakers approved $90 million in funding that will be combined with $65 million in funds from the Utah philanthropic community for the Utah Mental Health Translational Research Building at the University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). “The Utah Mental ...

COVID-19 “Test to Play” and “Test to Stay” Kept Utah Students in Sports and School

(Salt Lake City) – When COVID-19 cases began to rise dramatically in Utah in November 2020, schools faced a difficult choice. They could maintain normal activities, giving students valuable in-person instruction and social interaction but risking spread of COVID-19. Or they could send students home, keeping them safe from disease ...

Will COVID-19 Eventually Become Just a Seasonal Nuisance?

University of Utah scientists model possible COVID-19 futures. Within the next decade, the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 could become little more than a nuisance, causing no more than common cold-like coughs and sniffles. That possible future is predicted by mathematical models that incorporate lessons learned from the current pandemic on ...

How the Body Builds a Healthy Relationship with “Good” Gut Bacteria

Our body’s relationship with bacteria is complex. While infectious bacteria can cause illness, our gut is also teaming with “good” bacteria that aids nutrition and helps keep us healthy. But even the “good” can have bad effects if these bacteria end up in tissues and organs where they’re not supposed ...

COVID-19 Vaccines as Effective in Real-World Settings as in Clinical Trials

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer substantial protection from infection by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in the “real-world”, concludes a large study carried out at six regions across the U.S. including Salt Lake City, Utah. The performance of the vaccines was consistent with their performance in closely controlled clinical trials that led ...

University of Utah Health Research Plays Major Role in New CDC Guidelines

March 19, 2021 – Research from University of Utah’s Health and Economic Recovery Outreach (HERO) Project contributed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) revised physical distancing guidelines that reduces the space between students in classrooms from six feet to three feet. Utah HERO partnered with Granite School District ...

Health Care Transformation

Transparency and Trust – Online Patient Reviews of Physicians

(January 19, 2017) Examining review site giant Yelp’s entrance into health care, University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., says transparent, validated data about health care system performance “has the power to change the culture of health care.” The question is, how should information be shared, and by whom.

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She’s Calling for a Health Care Revolution. The Radical First Step: Listen to Patients.

(October 17, 2016) During the past decade, University of Utah Health Care has “repeatedly challenged the conventions of medical care and upended the relationships between doctors and patients,” Casey Ross reports. Now CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is calling for another revolution: defining value according to terms that matter to patients.

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The U’s Health Care System – the World is Paying Attention

(October 10, 2016) “There’s something extraordinary going on at the University of Utah Health Care system that’s promising to revolutionize the way medical care is priced and delivered not only here, but throughout the world – and the world is paying attention,” wrote the Deseret News editorial board in recognizing University of Utah Health Care’s top ranking in the nation for quality.

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Since 2012, Algorithms for Innovation has been asking questions and searching for solutions to some of the most impossible problems facing health care today. We believe there's an unprecedented opportunity to invent a new vision for health care, and academic medicine is poised to lead the way. Algorithms for Innovation is designed to spark conversations, highlight best practices, and foster collaboration to help transform the future.



Equitably Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine

As we prepared to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients and providers, we aimed to do it rapidly but also equitably throughout the community we serve. As an institution, it was the first time using a data-driven approach to disparities of care. Today, we have a deeper understanding of our community through data.

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National Recognition for Medicaid Innovation

A partnership between the Healthy U Medicaid program and the Intensive Outpatient Clinic tailors care to the specific needs of medically complex patients, while reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. The Institute for Medicaid Innovation recognized this unique approach to high-risk care coordination as a model that can benefit other Medicaid-managed care populations.

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A Space for Enhanced Collaboration

Groundbreaking for the HELIX complex kicks off construction of a building where faculty and staff can more effectively teach, discover, and care as teams. As Workspace Taskforce Committee Chair Sam Finlayson explains, it points to the future of our success as an academic and clinical institution.

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COVID-19 Weekly Update, May 25, 2021

We are seeing continued slow declines across our state and nation in large part due to widespread vaccination efforts. We continue to encourage everyone to protect themselves and their neighbors by getting vaccinated.

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In Utah, you can truly have it all. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer newcomers diverse neighborhoods, great schools, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. A strong economy and low cost of living make Utah a perfect choice to call home.

University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 14,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health's impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and well being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

University of Utah Health is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. It is also the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

Named as one of theTop 10 in QualityBy University Health System Consortium for ten years in a row

Named the No. 1 hospital in Utah by U.S. News and World Report

Half our providers rank in the top 10%, and a quarter rank in the top 1% for patient satisfaction

Health Sciences Received$270 Million In GrantsDuring Fiscal Year 2015