Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has announced a $50 million gift from billionaire businesswoman Gail Miller and her family in support of its efforts to build a model regional health system for children.
The largest single gift ever made by the Miller family will support a $500 million initiative to advance pediatric health research, innovation, and community health outreach in the Intermountain West region. A partnership between Primary Children's Hospital, the Intermountain Healthcare network, and University of Utah Health, the new model will expand the hospital's care network, which serves children across a 400,000-square-mile area that includes Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and parts of Alaska.
Intermountain Healthcare has committed to funding half the cost of the initiative, which includes three components: strengthening Primary Children's by adding an advanced fetal care center, an enhanced Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit, and an expanded cancer treatment center; extending excellent pediatric care across the region, including construction of a second Primary Children's campus in Lehi; and improving efforts to target children's health needs, including mental and behavioral health services, teen-to-adult transition programs for children with serious chronic conditions, and a coordinated program to provide interventions to children experiencing traumatic events.
Gail Miller is the owner and board chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, which includes the NBA's Utah Jazz, and also serves as board chair of Intermountain Healthcare.
"Intermountain Healthcare's plan is impactful and innovative and will improve our collective health through a finite focus on children," said Miller. "Our family is committed to enriching lives and doing good in our communities. We understand from personal experience how important it is to have the highest quality health care available to address the needs of children. Our family absolutely recognized the need to be involved in this historic model health system."