Community Hospital forms partnership with University of Utah

In a major coup for Community Hospital, officials there announced this morning a new partnership with University of Utah Health Care that will result in the offering of additional medical services to residents of Mesa County and surrounding communities.

The agreement sets the stage for Community Hospital to provide enhanced access and additional options for its patients to medical services like high-risk obstetrics and neonatology, cancer care, advanced cardiovascular care, neurosciences, trauma, and transplant services. These efforts may include expanded use of telehealth services, as well as satellite clinics staffed by University of Utah specialists, Community Hospital announced in a news release.

“Health care is changing very rapidly and the key to continued success for a community-owned hospital like ours is finding the right partner,” said Chris Thomas, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “University of Utah Health Care has a national reputation as a provider of accessible, high-quality, coordinated, and cost effective care – all the qualities we’re looking for in a partner.”

The University of Utah is the mountain west region’s only academic medical center.

“This partnership will provide greater access to one of the top academic medical centers in the country and give our patients the ability to participate in leading-edge treatments that otherwise wouldn’t be available in a community our size,” said Dr. Don Nicolay, chief medical officer at Community Hospital.

University of Utah Health Care officials are optimistic that the partnership will position both organizations for success in a rapidly evolving health care environment. “Inherent in our mission as a teaching hospital is our responsibility to share clinical best practices, research advances, and provide our community partners with the educational resources we’ve developed as a university,” said Dr. Sean Mulvihill, CEO of the University of Utah Medical Group. “We want to be a resource to improve the health and well-being of residents from across the Intermountain West.”

In the release, Community Hospital said the affiliation does not change ownership, local control and governance, or restrict patient choice in providers.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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