Memorial Hospital and University of Utah Partnership
On the morning of Tuesday, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and University of Utah Healthcare announced their recent partnership and signing of a master affiliation agreement. David Entwistle, CEO of University of Utah Healthcare, and Dr. Sean Mulvihill, CEO of University of Utah Physician Group, were both in attendance to speak with MHSC board members, staff, physicians, and the media. Artis Kalivas, MHSC Board President, introduced the U of U and spoke about his own family’s personal interaction with the facility. “Many of my family have used the specialists at the U of U. We’ve had great experiences there and we want to use the resources of the U of U to bring that care here to Sweetwater County.
This is a big deal.”The master affiliation agreement is a brief document that outlines the services of both entities and how they will supplement each other to bring quality care and a better experience to the patients of Memorial Hospital. It has come about during ongoing discussions between Mr. David Entwistle (U of U) and Mr. Jerry Klein, CEO at MHSC, for the past year. David Entwistle said, “The University of Utah and Memorial Hospital have had a relationship with our AirMed helicopter and fixed-wing plane transferring patients, long before I came into the picture. With this partnership, we can strengthen that relationship and also figure out solutions to keep the transfers going down and keep that care provided here in Sweetwater County.” The ageement includes 4-pages of potential services that over time will be introduced to the community of Sweetwater County and the surrounding area.