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Biomarker Could Identify Patients With Potential to Recover From Advanced Heart Failure

Investigators at the University of Utah have identified distinct differences in the hearts of advanced heart failure patients who have defied the odds and showed signs of recovery from the disease. Published online in the journal Circulation, the new findings could help clinicians identify the best candidates for cardiac recovery ...

University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian S. Lee Awarded Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology

The award program is celebrating its 30th anniversary SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 5, 2017)— Today it was announced that Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO of University of Utah Health Care and Senior Vice Presdent of University of Utah Health Sciences is winner of a 2016 Governors Medal for Science and ...

Fixing Failing Hearts: Leaders in Heart Recovery to Convene at Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Can a failing heart recover? For many years, the answer to that question was unequivocally “No.” But as the University of Utah School of Medicine’s annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) will explore on Jan. 12-13, advances in treating heart failure are giving physicians, surgeons and researchers reason to ...

Virus-Inspired Delivery System Transfers Microscopic Cargo Between Human Cells

Scientists from the University of Utah and University of Washington have developed blueprints that instruct human cells to assemble a virus-like delivery system that can transport custom cargo from one cell to another. As reported online in Nature on Nov. 30, the research is a step toward a nature-inspired means ...

This Is Your Brain on God

Spiritual Experiences Activate Brain Reward Circuits SALT LAKE CITY - Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the ...

Why Are Some Obese People at Higher Risk for Diabetes Than Others?

Buildup of "Toxic Fat" Metabolite Could be to Blame For years, scientists have known that someone who is thin could still end up with diabetes. Yet an obese person may be surprisingly healthy. Now, new research led by scientists at the University of Utah College of Health, and carried out with an ...

“That pizza was #delish!” What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?

(SALT LAKE CITY) - "Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". Besides hinting at which foods are popular, tweets may reveal something about our health. Communities that expressed positive sentiments about healthy foods were more likely to be ...

Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure

A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients. For the first time, they have corrected ...

Health Care Transformation

Putting It All Out There: How Utah Health System Uses Online Patient Reviews (Gulp) to Get Better — And Why There’s No Need to Fear

When University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., first introduced her plan to make unedited, patient-written physician reviews available online to the public, the idea made many providers squirm. “Why, some asked, would an organization parade its imperfections online? Won’t online reviews distract from the important, hard work of saving lives?” Lee remembered. Such fears were unfounded, Lee writes in a Harvard Business Review piece. In fact, since the launch of “five-star” care, UUHC has seen steady gains in quality metrics and a reduction in costs. Lee outlines how the transparency of reviews lead to better, safer, more cost-effective care, provide the health care system with meaningful information, build trust, and drive continuous improvement. So what’s there to be afraid of?

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A Conversation with Vivian Lee: How the UUHC Chief Became the Leader She is Today

From the daughter of immigrants who hadn’t mastered English to the CEO of a health care system, Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has developed her own unique, “consultative” leadership style along the way. “Everybody needs to have a chance to express their views, which is why it’s very important to have very diverse perspectives around the table,” Lee told Adam Bryant of The New York Times. “I like to internalize those different views, synthesize them, and then, flavored by my own perspectives, come up with a decision.” In an interview for The Times’ Corner Office, which features conversations about leadership and management, Lee discusses how her parents influenced her leadership style, how her leadership style has evolved, and how she hires. She also offered advice to new college grads: “Just live in the moment. Pour your heart into whatever it is you’re doing and get the most out of that experience.”

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What can other States Learn from Utah about Delivering Great Health Care?

Utah “holds a unique distinction” when it comes to health care, according to a special report by the New England Journal of Medicine. No other state spends less per capita on medical care and few boast healthier populations. The question is, why? Utah’s “clean-living people” and youthful demographics deserve some of the credit, writes journalist Elizabeth Gardner. But so does its high quality, efficient health care system. Even after controlling for Utah’s population, the state’s hospitals have good health outcomes and low costs.

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The Moments That Define Us: A Look Back at 2016

It was an exceptional year for the Health Sciences clinical mission, for our students who train at one of the top systems in the nation, and for accelerating discoveries that can change the way we practice and deliver science and medicine. Enjoy our 2016 year-end recap.

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In Utah, you can truly have it all. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer newcomers diverse neighborhoods, great schools, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. A strong economy and low cost of living make Utah a perfect choice to call home.

University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health Sciences is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 14,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health Sciences' impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and well being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

University of Utah Health Sciences is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. It is also the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

Named as one of theTop 10 in QualityBy University Health System Consortium for six years in a row

Named the No. 1 hospital in Utah by U.S. News and World Report

Half our providers rank in the top 10%, and a quarter rank in the top 1% for patient satisfaction

Health Sciences Received$270 Million In GrantsDuring Fiscal Year 2015