Salt Lake City—Ground was officially broken Jan. 25 for the Intermountain Kem Gardner Transformation Center. The center, to be built and operated by Intermountain Healthcare, will be the home for institutes that train healthcare leaders seeking to transform the way care is provided in the U.S. and around the world, achieving the highest clinical quality at the lowest sustainable cost.
Intermountain will build the 120,000-square-foot Transformation Center on the Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray. Construction of the four-story facility should be complete in 2018.
The Transformation Center will be the base for a number of Intermountain programs, including the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute. Led by Charles Sorenson, MD, president emeritus of Intermountain, the Leadership Institute will offer multi-day leadership courses to senior-level healthcare physician leaders and administrators from the U.S. and other countries.
Also included will be the Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research. Led by Brent James, MD, Intermountain’s chief quality officer, this Institute has trained nearly 5,000 senior physicians, nursing, and administrative executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods. The Institute also has nearly 50 “daughter” training programs in nine countries.
It will also house clinical and innovation programs. With more than 1,500 active research studies in more than 20 clinical areas, Intermountain is equipped to make medical discoveries that improve care and save lives.
The Transformation Center is being funded in part by a $20 million donation to the Intermountain Foundation by Utah philanthropist Kem Gardner. Gardner has served on Intermountain boards for 34 years and was Chair of the Intermountain Board from 2007-2012. He currently chairs the Intermountain Foundation Board.