This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL News Radio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

Intermountain Healthcare has been named on this year’s Most Wired Hospital list by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. In fact, Intermountain has been named on the list representing the nation’s top 100 most technologically savvy hospital systems in 13 of the 14 years the survey has been conducted.

Assessments on hospitals and health systems nationwide were based on achievement in four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and care continuum. This year’s rankings evaluated over 15-hundred U.S. hospitals.

U.S. News & World Report recognized three Intermountain Healthcare hospitals for their high-performing medical specialties, including Murray’s Intermountain Medical Center, McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

LDS Hospital was also recognized as one of the “Best Hospitals in America” by that report, ranking 29th nationally in gynecology and as the overall top hospital in Utah.

As part of the Chamber’s 125th anniversary, we want to share the rich history of the members that have made the Chamber so successful.

A passion sparked inside Jack B. Parson when he helped his father build roads at age 15. Jack learned to operate all of the fleet’s equipment, gaining a wealth of experience and passion in construction.

In 1952, Jack founded Jack B. Parson Companies in Smithfield, Utah, which later merged with Salt Lake-based Staker Paving and Construction in 2001 to create Staker Parson Companies. The company quickly became one of the region’s leading suppliers of quality sand, rock, landscape products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving and construction services.

Today, Staker Parson Companies employs nearly two thousand people at over 50 locations in the western U.S. Staker Parson is regularly named one of Utah’s fastest growing companies and is also an eight-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal among other awards.

The Utah State Fair is coming up! The fair opens September 6th and runs through September 16th at the State Fairgrounds. Gates will open each day at 10 a.m.

The best prices for Carnival Wristband vouchers will be available until September 5th. It’s $20 for Regular Carnival Wristband vouchers and $15 for a new Matinee Carnival Wristband voucher… so purchase early to save some money! Right now you can also save $3 on regular adult gate admission tickets at Smith’s Food and Drug checkout stands.

There’s a great line-up of performers this year including Parachute, Wilson Phillips, Jars of Clay, Sheena Easton, Victoria Justice, Lonestar, and Blues Traveler. Most of the concerts are free with Fair gate admission.

Other entertainment includes the PRCA Rodeo, Horse Shows and the Barrel Racing Series.

If you’d like to learn more or want to be a sponsor for the Utah State fair, visit

The Chamber would like to congratulate Boart Longyear for receiving the distinguished Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP award, from the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The SHARP award is granted to companies that maintain an exemplary health and safety management system. Boart Longyear is one of only nine Utah companies to earn this award.

With the help of the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Boart Longyear’s Salt Lake City plant developed an innovative management system that implements the best practices to protect their employees.

The company showcases their commitment to safety through volunteer employee Safety Champions who look for safety risks every day. With this emphasis on safety, the Salt Lake City plant is able to produce more diamond drill bits in two shifts than they had been able to in three shifts.

We also talked about the Chamber’s new international alliances.

For the full reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL Radio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL News Radio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may just feature it on the Utah Business Report.