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Utah confirmed 1,749 COVID-19 cases on Friday, and one doctor at Intermountain Healthcare said that Utah leaders fear the state will reach “crisis standards of care.” Dr. Todd Vento said hospitals are overwhelmed and there aren’t enough staff to keep up.


Thirteen Intermountain Healthcare hospitals are suspending all non-urgent surgeries and procedures requiring hospital admission. This policy will take effect on September 15th and will last several weeks.

Intermountain Healthcare announced Friday that, although Utah’s statewide mask mandate ends on April 10, mask guidelines for Intermountain staff, patients and visitors will remain intact until further notice.

Participation Of Utahns Sought In Global Genetic Study

Dec 17, 2020
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Residents of Cache Valley have a unique opportunity to be part of a global genetic study; an international collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare and deCODE Genetics of Iceland.

State Officials Urge Caution As ICUs Continue To Fill

Nov 13, 2020
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Governor Gary Herbert reiterated the importance of Utah’s public health order in a press conference on Thursday as cases in the state continue to rise.

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Coronavirus cases in Utah continue to rise. Gov. Gary Herbert spoke to the increasing numbers and the state of hospitals and healthcare workers in a Thursday press conference. 



COVID-19 rates in Utah are continuing to go up. Utah Governor Gary Herbert and health experts continue to urge people to take action.

IHC Intermountain Healthcare worker, Draper Fire Inspector, nurse saves concrete worker.
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Aubrey Sessions is a pediatric nurse with Intermountain Healthcare. Her family was having the concrete for a pickleball court poured on June 4, when one of the workers collapsed.

Stress, anxiety, domestic violence rates rise due to the coronavirus pandemic. Utah increasing free resources to cope with COVID-19, coronavirus-related mental health issues.
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There’s an ever-growing number of free telephone and online resources for Utahns who are dealing with stress and anxiety brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and related job losses. Morissa Henn, the Community Health program director at Intermountain Healthcare, is part of the group that formed the Emotional Health Relief Hotline to help Utahns with mental-health needs as they arise. 

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
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Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.

Hope And Healing: When A Child Dies Of Congenital Heart Disease

Dec 11, 2019
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Congenital heart disease kills more kids than all childhood cancers combined. Nola Spicer and Nicura Thompson know this first-hand. 

Hope And Healing: Law Enforcement And Post-Traumatic Stress

Dec 4, 2019
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Mike Bleak has served as commissioner in Iron County, Utah since 2016. He previously worked in public safety for more than two decades, most recently as a detective with the Cedar City Police Department. Here, Mike and his wife Amy talk about “the choking game,” a topic Mike is passionate about preventing and speaks about close to home, across the United States, and abroad. Mike is also open and candid about experiencing post-traumatic stress from his career in law enforcement.

Hope and Healing: People, Healing, And Improving Healthcare

Nov 27, 2019
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Marc Harrison and Katy Welkie, two healthcare leaders, first worked together at a Utah hospital in the 1990s, when Dr. Harrison was completing a pediatric intensive care fellowship and Katy worked as a nursing director. The two shared — and continue to share — a passion for people, healing, and improving healthcare. "If the world is going to be cruel at times, I want to be part of something that tries to be the counterbalance to that."

Hope And Healing: Siblings And Careers

Nov 20, 2019
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Siblings Kory Woodbury, MD, and Cyndi Gilbert have both excelled in their careers. Cyndi became a lawyer as a means to an end, while Kory followed his passion to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. While they reflect on the others’ career path, they acknowledge that each has made the world a better place.

Hope And Healing: Life After A Coma

Nov 13, 2019
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With their daughter, Marjorie, in a coma with a traumatic brain injury following a car accident, George and Melisa Medina heard words from the neurologist that no parent wants to hear: “Your daughter may never be herself again." But with physical therapy three times a day and some serious grit and determination, Marjorie learned to walk and feed herself again—and even returned to the softball field she loves.

Hope And Healing: Medic In The Military

Nov 7, 2019
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Adam Ellington knew as a child that he wanted to serve as a medic in the military, and he joined the Army at age 17. Today, Adam is a major with the U.S. Army Reserves 807th Medical Command Deployment Support, and also works full-time as a hospital quality and safety manager. Here, Adam talks with colleague Joel Thomas about his passion for his work as a medic and his service as a pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hope And Healing: The Ups And Downs Of Getting To Know The Medical Field At Such A Young Age

Oct 31, 2019
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Siblings Maylee and Alex Homer have spent a significant portion of their childhood in a healthcare setting. Maylee has grown up with lung disease and Alex was born with half a heart and has had a heart transplant. They discuss the ups and downs of being in the hospital for extended periods, learning to trust doctors, and making friends with other patients.

Hope And Healing: Evolving Into A Resilient Citizen

Oct 23, 2019
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It’s been 20 years since Val Guerra became a U.S. citizen. Since then, she’s helped her husband, mom, and step dad all become citizens. From her first step off the plane from Guatemala as a timid school girl, to learning to skydive and becoming a grandmother, Val and longtime friend, Terri Draper, reflect on how she’s evolved since coming here.

Hope And Healing: Approaching Death With Empathy

Oct 21, 2019
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For emergency medicine Drs. Adam Balls and Christopher Anderson, medical school didn’t provide a lot of training  on communicating to families after a loved one dies. But taking time to acknowledge and honor the life of the deceased, even briefly, has helped them process the experience better and have more empathy toward those left behind. 

Hope And Healing: Dealing With Difficult Patients Leads To Sweet Experiences

Oct 9, 2019
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When a grumpy, 25-year-old jaw and throat cancer patient came in, nurse Sarah Larsen and her team made it their mission to be extra nice to him. After a few days, the patient opened up about the challenges he was going through.

Sarah and fellow nurse Jennie Wilder discuss how they make a difference to difficult patients by trying to relate to them, regardless of their attitude.

Hope And Healing: The Life Of A Hospital Therapy Dog

Oct 2, 2019
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Patrick has spent the last eight years as a certified therapy dog. He helps patients feel calm and at ease during their hospital stay. But his owners, Katie and Bob Elder, got their biggest surprise when an ICU doctor – after a long, stressful day – asked if Patrick could come visit to help her calm down from the day. She pulled Patrick in and just held onto him.

Hope And Healing: 'I Just Did What You Should Do'

Sep 25, 2019
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While driving home from her job at a Utah hospital just after midnight in March 2018, Stephanie Dickey saw a car burning on the side of the road. She stopped and helped pull the driver out of the car, amid the flames. Here, she talks with her sister, Kiirsten Meng, about that night. "I don't consider myself a hero. I just did what you should do."

Hope And Healing: Overcoming Pain And Helping Others

Sep 11, 2019
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Retired Army Sergeant Josh Hansen and his wife, Melissa, help veterans struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide to heal and live fuller lives. Josh considered suicide himself as he was recovering at home following eight direct hits from IEDs in Iraq. Melissa was by his side through it all. Josh found his turning point and regained his health and active lifestyle. He and Melissa now find joy helping other veterans. 

Hope And Healing: A College Education For 'A Better Future'

Sep 4, 2019
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Alberto Vasquez—number 10 of 15 children—spent much of his youth working in the farm fields of Idaho and Oregon. His dream and plan for a better future was a college education. Today, with a master’s degree and decades of healthcare leadership experience, Alberto serves not only as a hospital administrator, but as a martial-arts teacher and mentor to pay it forward and inspire kids in his community.

Hope And Healing: Learning Compassion And Empathy From International Medical Care

Aug 28, 2019

A desire to learn compassion and empathy from another culture led emergency medicine doctors Steve Caldwell, MD, and Benjamin Sill, MD, to each spend time providing healthcare in New Zealand. The country has great need for physicians, and they saw this as an opportunity to help. And each doctor and their families came home with an amazing adventure—and life lesson.

Hope And Healing: Every Day A Gift With A Terminally Ill Child

Aug 7, 2019
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Auni, Caitlin and Dallin Naulu's first baby, was diagnosed with a terminal illness—spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Over the next 14 months before Auni passed away, clinicians, family and friends helped Auni live the best life she could. She brought joy and sunshine to all. 

Hope And Healing: The Power Of Empathy In Healthcare

Jul 31, 2019
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Surgeon Shane Lewis, MD, finds that listening to patients and learning more about who they are makes his work more effective and more satisfying. He and his wife, Dixie, share memories of one surgery patient, an 80-year-old Vietnam vet, who was worried about his wife at home alone. 

Hope And Healing: Healing After A Traffic Accident

Jul 25, 2019
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Monica Muncy is still emotional remembering when the car she was riding in hit Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Cade Brenchley's vehicle on a slick road. Cade spent several days in the hospital with broken bones and a torn ACL, and recovered fully. 

Hope And Healing: Life After An Amputation

Jul 17, 2019
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Hiking in the Utah mountains, Casey Hunter slipped and fell down a steep snowy incline and boulder patch. With his leg hanging and patched together with a make-shift tourniquet, he crawled up the mountain, found the cell phone he had dropped in the fall, and called his wife, Amy. A Life Flight hoist team rescued him from the slope. 

Hope And Healing: The Hopeful Future Of Cancer Prevention

Jul 9, 2019
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Oncologist Lincoln Nadauld, MD, has a passion for Precision Genomics. He and colleague Tazia Taylor work in a Utah cancer center. Dr. Nadauld's vision: "In 10 years, I see us preventing cancers and identifying them much earlier. So instead of waiting until someone has a cancer, and then finding it on a CT scan, I could see us drawing blood on patients when they're in their 20s and 30s and 40s and detecting cancer before it's a problem."