This year we will be bringing you highlights from our 2013 Leadership Utah class. Each month, Leadership Utah introduces participants to the crucial issues and top leaders in the community. Experts on public issues and community problems explore the issues and problems, and discuss potential solutions.
This past month, the Leadership Utah group gained access to a number of unique facilities and experts in the health care industry throughout the Salt Lake valley. This included a site visit to the Intermountain Medical Center and the Intermountain Central Laboratory.
“It was amazing to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a working lab,” said Emily Lucht, a member of this year’s Leadership Utah class. She leads the Training and Curriculum Development department at inContact, a Utah-based company which provides cloud-based contact center solutions. ”The efficiency and activity volume is mind blowing and puts an audible buzz in the air. To satisfy one’s morbid curiosities, there was also the collection of gallbladder stones on display. I doubt anyone present will ever again question why they are called stones. I know I will never be able to look at a riverbed without being reminded of my visit to the Intermountain lab. Yikes!”
In addition to their visit to the Intermountain facilities, the group also visited Shriners Hospital, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and ARUP’s research park facility.
Jim Sheets, a health care expert himself as an administrator for Intermountain’s LDS Hospital, shares his take on the visit to ARUP.
“We had the unique privilege of participating in a behind the scenes tour of ARUP in Research Park,” said Sheets. ” ARUP is an impressive operation! They process thousands and thousands of specimens every day from all across the United States. In fact, we learned that more parcels arrive at S alt Lake City International Airport destined for ARUP than any other business in Utah.”
“The efficiency, exactness and organization required to run this lab was impressive. They have incredible machinery and automation, including the only comprehensive allergy testing technology in the nation,” he said. ”We learned about how they test for all sorts of bacteria and disease, as well as how they conduct analysis on DNA. A fascinating day with amazing technology and extremely intelligent people.”
Leadership Utah is a program designed by the Salt Lake Chamber to provide opportunities for business leaders to learn more about the challenges facing the community. It is ideal for those who are interested in becoming involved, who want to gain the tools to make more informed decisions, and who want to improve their leadership abilities.
Leadership Utah broadens participants’ experiences by:
· Acquainting them with processes, programs, and problems that currently exist within the community
· Stimulating their interest in community activities and encouraging their participation in local affairs
· Providing access to a multitude of community resources that cannot be gained elsewhere
· Familiarizing emerging leaders with one another and with the community’s current business and civic leadership