Intermountain Healthcare honored for air pollution work

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The Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) has named Health Care Climate Council member Intermountain Healthcare its 2019 Community Partner of the Year. Gov. Gary Herbert presented the award to Intermountain CEO Dr. Marc Harrison at the fourth annual Show UCAIR Summit in February.

Intermountain and UCAIR have been partners since the clean air organization’s creation more than five years ago. UCAIR said Intermountain was named partner of the year because of their transition to a fleet of clean-fuel vehicles, their promotion of idle-free campuses, and the education they provide to clinicians and patients about the impacts of air quality on health.

“We replaced 18 vehicles for hybrid models in 2018,” said Steve Bergstrom, Intermountain’s sustainability director. “By 2025, 80 percent of all Intermountain vehicles will be hybrid, low-emission, or electric. This includes courier, Homecare, and pool vehicles.”

“We’re honored to receive the Partner of the Year Award,” said Dr. Liz Joy, Intermountain’s medical director for community health and volunteer UCAIR spokeswoman and board member. “It reflects the efforts of many of our people who are addressing air quality and health. Intermountain’s community health needs assessments have identified air quality as a key concern for Utah communities,” she said. “We’ll continue to implement strategies that reduce our carbon footprint, including using sustainable energy sources, creating energy-efficient facilities, and reducing tailpipe emissions.”

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, a medical group with close to 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians. They are a member of the Health Care Climate Council and have committed to the Health Care Climate Challenge.