Academics & Research

May

26

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Primary Children’s Hospital

Former and current patients and their families joined University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, local leaders, and health representatives to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Primary Children's Hospital. Throughout a century of collaboration, the hospital has grown to hundreds of beds, more than 800 pediatric providers, a staff of 3,000 people, and more than 60 medical and surgical pediatric surgeries. An enduring commitment to "The Child First and Always" will drive us for the next 100 years.

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May

20

Reconnecting with Meaning and Purpose: Authenticity

What do you really, really want? That’s the question Tony Tsai, MBA, and Tom Hurtado, EdD, ask medical students to consider when helping them connect to their greatest purpose in medicine. Anyone, in any field, at any stage in life, can benefit from reflecting on this important question. Following the voice of our inner authentic desires is an intentional choice we have to make, Tsai and Hurtado explain. They discuss ways to find deeper desire and purpose personally and professionally.

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May

05

Newest Members of the Benning Medical Society

June Round, PhD, Stavros Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC, and Gabor Marth, DSc, join U of U Health's prestigious H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to excellence in patient care, education, research, service, and collaboration.

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Apr

29

Making Employee Wellness a Priority

A culture of wellness is essential to our health care workers. The COVID pandemic has created a seismic shift in how we think about mental health and professional well-being among health care workers. It has opened up a conversation we’ve needed to have for a long time. Rather than looking the other way on important issues like mental health, exhaustion, work-life balance, and burnout, we’re addressing these issues.

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Apr

20

Reconnecting with Meaning and Purpose: Excellence

Tom Hurtado, EdD, and Tony Tsai, MBA, use the RealMD program as a framework for helping us reassess our personal definitions of success. Being at our very best, they explain, comes when we move from externally defined, linear criteria to a definition of excellence that reflects our own strengths, talents, and humanity. When we find meaning in the bumps and detours along our path, we can find new ways to move forward in our lives and careers.

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Apr

14

Health Sciences Leadership Forum Addresses Racism, Bias, and Discrimination

As part of the campus-wide Day of Collective Action, U of U Health leaders shared efforts to create an inclusive community. Michael Strong, MD, announced the launch of MyChart en Español. Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, explained how we are overcoming inequities in kidney disease and transplantation. Jeanette Ducut-Sigala, PhD, showed the impact of more inclusive recruitment strategies in the Bioscience PhD Program. And Bart Watts, DDS, discussed anti-sexism and anti-racism policies at the School of Dentistry.

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Apr

12

Parents Can Be the Stewards of Summer

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, employees with children and other dependents experienced unique disruptions. While the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to drop nationwide, finding quality, affordable childcare options is an ongoing need. As families make plans for the summer, Jim Sibthorp, PhD, professor in the College of Health, offers research-based advice about camps and meaningful summertime fun.

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Apr

06

How We Listen to Those Who Matter Most

We appreciate the honest feedback that came from the latest employee surveys. The WellCheck and Waggl surveys provided U of U Health with critical input from thousands of people on our teams. Overall, the surveys suggest that we have a resilient community, but that changes must be made to support our people. This process is the first step in an ongoing conversation aimed at empowering our colleagues and addressing systemic issues.

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Apr

04

2022 Strategic Directed Steps for University of Utah Health and the People We Serve

2022 marks the third year U of U Health has released directed steps as part of Strategy 2025. Most of our strategy has been executed and refined in the thick of the pandemic. Collaborating on this process during a pandemic was a challenge that our campus community rose to successfully meet each year. After several months of dialogue and partnership across our entire health care ecosystem, we are pleased to share the annual directed steps for 2022.

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