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Annual report details charity care provided by Intermountain Health

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jan 26, 2023

Image supplied, Intermountain Health

Intermountain Healthcare has unveiled a new identity and logo, pictured. The organization will now be known as Intermountain Health.

In 2021, Intermountain Health distributed 931 naloxone kits to help save lives from accidental opioid overdoses.

The health system also reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 29% by issuing almost 9,200 fewer prescriptions.

In an effort to help address the ongoing suicide struggle in Utah, Intermountain distributed 8,710 gun locks and trained nearly 34,000 providers in suicide prevention.

These are just a few of the things outlined in a recent report to the public by Intermountain Health. The annual publication, Intermountain Health Impact Report, details the organization’s efforts to provide charity care for community members in need, such as air quality, mental well-being and preventive medicine.

“Intermountain works with many community partners, leaders, caregivers, and residents to improve community health across the areas that we serve,” said Mikelle Moore, chief community health officer for Intermountain Health, in a news release. “We strongly believe that by working together, we can make the world a healthier and safer place for all.”

The health system conducts community health needs assessments in different communities, which help identify and focus on problems needing immediate attention, such as suicide prevention. For example, Intermountain has partnered with the Utah Shooting Sports Council to implement suicide intervention. In addition, more than 47,000 behavioral health visits were provided last year to underinsured or uninsured members of the community, giving them the first five visits for free in its behavioral health network.

“Preventing suicide is complex,” Moore said. “And I’m grateful to our team and community partners for working to destigmatize mental health, promote healthy behaviors and ensure access to help for any and all who need it.”

Intermountain has also contributed to more than 200 local organizations, provided about $189 million in charity care assistance and provided more than 19,000 free care vouchers to low-income families for preventive screenings and other health services at its facilities.

To see the full report, go to intermountainhealthcare.org.

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