University of Utah Health Care

U Named National Olympic Medical Center

May 11, 2016
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The U.S. Olympic Committee has added the University of Utah to its National Medical Network to support elite U.S. athletes. It’s the third medical center to join the network and the only academic institution in this role.

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Utah researchers have found that sexual trauma in the military is associated with a much higher risk for homelessness. They’ve published their conclusions in a new study.

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A new multi-hospital study for patient safety, that included Primary Children’s Hospital and the University of Utah School of Medicine , confirmed a 30 percent reduction in medical errors through basic communication between healthcare workers. It is estimated that up to 80% of the most serious medical errors can be linked to communication between clinicians. Dr. James Bale is a child neurologist at Primary Children’s and was a principal investigator for the study. “Hospitals are potentially...

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The new Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building at the University of Utah is scheduled to open next month. In the past, many of the Children’s Outpatient Building functions were spread across Primary Children’s Hospital, the University of Utah Research Park, and a rented space near Trolley Square. But now the Dialysis, Cardiology, Diabetes and seven other clinics will be consolidated under one roof. Lab work will still be conducted across the street at Primary Children’s...

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University of Utah Hospital surgeons performed a kidney transplant this week using an organ from a donor with hepatitis C. 61-year-old Andres Galvan of West Jordan has a huge smile on his face, just four days after his kidney transplant. He raises his hands in the air as he thanks God and his doctors for what seems like a miracle. Doctor Jeffrey Campsen performed the surgery, and he says Galvan’s operation is a huge step for healthcare in Utah. “Six months ago, he’s in renal failure with...

AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky

Jul 18, 2014
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A University of Utah AirMed team can now deliver emergency care to newborn babies. The perinatal team has just been licensed to transport babies from zero to 30 days, and they have a new larger helicopter for the necessary equipment. University of Utah chief flight nurse Bart Chournos says he’s been treating pregnant mothers for 30 years. He travels by helicopter to expecting moms in need of urgent care at smaller, regional hospitals throughout the Mountain west. “Sometimes by the time we get...

U Healthcare CEO Calls for New Funding Model in DC

Mar 25, 2014
Andrea Smardon

The Dean of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine was in Washington DC Tuesday testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee which included Representative Chris Stewart of Utah’s 2 nd District. Dr. Vivian Lee requested an increase in medical research and education funding in the federal budget. Dr. Lee told the subcommittee that we stand at a critical juncture in the history of healthcare. To make her point about the importance of biomedical research, she used the high profile...

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Last year, clean air activists called on Utah’s hospitals and clinics to stop sending their waste to Stericycle’s incinerator in North Salt Lake. One of the state’s largest healthcare providers, The University of Utah, is looking at some significant changes to the way it handles medical waste, but there are some types of waste that university officials say they have no other option at this time but to burn. Prescription drugs, bloody bandages, body parts, used syringes, medical gowns and...

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There’s a new health center coming to Murray. University of Utah Health Care broke ground Monday on a new facility that will provide services from the U’s Moran Eye Center and Department of Dermatology. It will be called the Mid-Valley Health Center, and it will be just north of Fashion Place Mall, easily accessible from I-15, 215 or 80. Randall Olson, CEO of the Moran Eye Center, says the U campus is not the easiest place for most people in the Salt Lake valley to get to. “Increasingly our...

Officials with University of Utah Health Care announced Thursday that they’re partnering with TruClinic to bring online healthcare to patients in their homes. University of Utah alum Justin Kahn is the CEO and founder of TruClinic based in Salt Lake City. Kahn thinks of himself as a social entrepreneur, driven by his mission. “A lot of people who need care, either on medical or mental health, are not able to get it for a variety of different reasons from talent pool, to geography, to cost or...