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50 Years of Caring - University of Utah Hospital

Depth & Breadth of Medical Expertise Means Lifesaving Care Always Close to Home

Submit your idea or picture of what you think health care will be like in 2065 — 50 years from now. Submissions will be reviewed and may be posted to our blog.

  • Greatest Area of Need: Premature Children and Their Families

    The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at University of Utah Hospital cares for the largest percentage of extremely low birth weight and premature babies in Utah. Advances in care have resulted in significant improvement in survival rates. One thing that hasn’t changed is the traumatic stress that having a baby in the NICU places on a family.

    Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of these families by improving the space they have in the hospital to share stories and experiences with each other, celebrate progress, and support each other during setbacks.

    New space on the unit funded by the #50Forward campaign will help fund the renovation of space to provide families with these supports:

    • Resource library
    • Computers and internet access
    • Dedicated relaxation space
    • Space for parent education and family training
    • Place to store personal items and prepare and eat meals while in the hospital

    It will also allow for interaction between families—something that can be a good source of peer support and an opportunity to be part of a shared community.

    Fact: In 2014, the University Hospital NICU cared for 652 babies from 602 families from across the Intermountain West.

  • Why Support Us?

    University of Utah Hospital is the most comprehensive health care facility in Utah with services including:

    These programs rely on a robust support network of complex imaging technology, electronic health records, and a talented workforce that epitomizes both compassion and technical competence.

  • Why Do We Raise Money?

    While University Hospital is state-owned, it is not state supported. The hospital relies on revenue generated from patient care to cover expenses (including more than $100 million a year in charity care and unfunded care) and to provide financial support to the University’s medical school. Funding to reinvest in new programs, facilities and equipment requires ongoing support from local foundations and the community.

  • Our History — 1965 Through Today

    On July 10, 1965, a fleet of ambulances wound their way through Salt Lake City carrying patients from the old County General Hospital to the University of Utah’s new 220-bed teaching hospital. The opening of University Hospital was the fulfillment of a dream by business and civic leaders who knew Utah’s economic future relied on a health care system able to provide the state’s growing workforce with high-quality specialty medical care.

    By the early 1960s, the University’s medical school had earned a strong national reputation, but patients with complicated or rare diseases still had to leave the state to seek care at academic medical centers on the West Coast. The construction of a major medical center meant that University physicians could offer wider treatment options and patients could participate in national clinical trials.

  • Jul 31, 2015

    5 Ways University Hospital Makes Utah Better

    Everyone knows that University Hospital is home to the region's most advanced specialty health care. But, Utah's flagship hospital helps the state in other ways as well.

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  • Jul 10, 2015

    Proving Mark Twain Wrong About Marking Anniversaries

    Mark Twain wasn't a fan of marking anniversaries. But, at University of Utah Hospital we're using the occasion of our 50th anniversary to take a moment and consider the next 50 years or, as we're calling it, 50Forward.

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  • Jun 01, 2015

    Just How Small Are They?

    For parents of premies, size is everything. After a preterm birth they spend a lot of time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Here former patient, mom Erin Koelliker, talks about her experience.

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    Terry Anderson
    In Honor Of:
    Same Day Surgery

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    Lorena Riffo Jenson
    In Honor Of:
    University Hospital

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    Carla and Peter Flynn
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    Dr. John Doane

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    Peggy Stone
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    University Hospital

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    University Hospital

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    In Honor Of:
    Burn Camp

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    Art Woolston
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    Burn Camp

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    Russell Gulbransen

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    Linda Tyler
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    University Hospital

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    Gus Katis, Kidney Transplant Program

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    Stacie Tucker

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    University Hospital

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    Ann Watters Becker

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    Ann Watters Becker

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    Brent Hatch, Profire

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    University Hospital

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    University Hospital

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    Richard M. Hitchcock

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    Cheri Coffey
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    Fabulous Kidney Transplant

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    Danyal Taghipour
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    Burn Camp

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    Peg Wuelfing

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    Brian Ennis

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    Brian Ennis

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    Sondra Bostwick
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    Brian Ennis

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    Rob & Lyddia Pierce
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    University Hospital

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    Kristin Deherrera

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    Jean and Don Bradshaw

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    John A. Reinertsen
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    University Hospital

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    Nikhil Nanivadekar
    In Honor Of:
    University Hospital & Burn Unit

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    Reed Brinton

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    Monica Rafferty
    In Honor Of:
    Her Clients

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    John Sharer

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    Dorothea J. Englebrecht

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    NICU, Brody

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    Chuck Norlin
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    University Hospital

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    Brent Palfreyman
    In Honor Of:
    Burn Unit

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    Jim Baloun
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    Brian Lee Ennis

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    Jean Bolan
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    Dr. Jeffrey Saffle

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    Jessica Mathes
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    The 1989 Burn Unit Staff

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    Sonja G Penttila
    In Honor Of:
    University Hospital

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    Michael Scott & Loretta Falvo-Scott
    In Honor Of:
    University Hospital

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    Winifred Campbell
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    David P. Campbell

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    William Ford
    In Honor Of:
    Diabetes

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    Molly Sumner
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    Art Swindle