Developing Campus Will Serve Needs of All
On the heels of the new Intermountain Alta View Clinic opening in December, the current renovation of Alta View Hospital will create a one stop shop for the community’s health care needs when it’s complete near the end of 2018.
In December, hundreds turned out for the Alta View Clinic open house, prior to its official opening on December 12. The new clinic, located on the hospital campus, replaces the primary and specialty care clinics and outpatient services that were previously scattered in several buildings across the campus, providing patients one, easy to find, central location.
With the clinic up and running, efforts are focused on completing the hospital renovation by year’s end.
“The communities in the southeast end of Salt Lake County are growing – and fast,” said Blair Kent, Intermountain Alta View Hospital Administrator. “To match that growth, we’re renovating our campus so we can continue to meet the healthcare needs of the families in the area.”
A Growing and Changing Community
Since the hospital opened its doors 36 years ago, the health care needs of the community have increased, and in some instances changed. Sandy City and Cottonwood Heights residents are beginning to age, while Draper residents generally have younger families and children. These are two very different sets of health care needs, and Alta View Hospital aims to meet the needs of both groups.
“We see it as a big and overdue step forward in our commitment to and investment in the community that we’ve been a part of since 1982,” Kent said.
Bringing Hospital and Clinic Together: A spectrum of care options on one campus
For Sandy, Draper and Cottonwood Heights residents, expanding the Alta View Hospital campus means blending primary care physicians with more area specialists for a more integrated care approach. From family medicine, inpatient treatment, and surgical services to pediatrics, physical therapy, InstaCare, KidsCare, and emergency services, it’s all in one spot on the Alta View Hospital Campus.
Relocating the InstaCare from its location at 700 E and 9400 S in Sandy to the hospital campus means patients can be seen in the same building as their family care doctor. If an ER visit becomes necessary, patients will be transported across the parking lot — rather than across town — giving them more convenient and continuous care, closer to home.
“We expect that having more consolidated services will improve access to care for more than 100 patients per day,” Kent said. “And all of these services will be closer to home. This array of care options closely follows Intermountain Healthcare’s vision of providing extraordinary care when, where, and how it’s needed.”
Alta View Hospital is undergoing a renovation that will include a state-of-the-art, updated facility and a four-story patient tower. The renovation will revitalize the look of the campus and include improvements in technology and patient flow. With an emphasis on patient convenience and comfort, inpatient and treatment rooms will be more private and spacious. Alta View Hospital will continue to offer the following services:
Women’s Center (including labor and delivery)
The Alta View Clinic is a four-story, 170,000-square foot clinic with the following expanded services:
Ear, Nose & Throat
Endocrinology & Diabetes
InstaCare & KidsCare
Lab & Phlebotomy
Ophthalmology & Optometry
Optics Shop (moving in summer 2018)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Navigating the Campus With Ease
Patients and visitors will soon be able to navigate the new campus with ease as buildings will be numbered and color coordinated, parking lots flagged, and entrances more prominent. A new road wrapping around the hospital will allow easier access to each building, without moving through parking lots and crosswalks.
“We recognize that coming to the hospital can be stressful and even scary for people,” Kent said. “The new hospital is designed to alleviate as much of that stress as possible. Whether that means being able to park quickly or locating the correct building, to the actual care a patient receives.”
Intermountain’s TeleHealth service brings technology into patient treatment and care, allowing physicians throughout the Intermountain system to meet with local providers and patients through a camera, TV screen and microphone. This service has been in use in the hospital for the past two years and will continue to expand and improve to benefit patients.
Another innovation designed to provide access to care when and how patients need it is Intermountain Connect Care, a 24/7 online medical service. Connect Care facilitates visits with health care providers straight from a computer, phone, or tablet. While this does not replace traditional care, it is very useful for basic advice, and allows patients to determine if an ER, InstaCare, KidsCare or regular physician’s office visit is needed for care.
With these developments, more patients have access to high quality care from a variety of locations. Connect Care does just that, it connects people to a wider range of expertise by using providers from throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system.
Continuing to Look Forward
Space for further growth is also considered as Alta View Hospital aims to meet the health care needs of families in this area, well into the future.
“These innovations help us improve the experiences of our patients so we can best serve our community,” Kent said. “Ultimately, it leads to a happier, healthier Draper.”