This week on the Utah Business Report

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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.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a $9.7 million contract to Intermountain Healthcare as part of its Health Care Innovation Awards initiative. Intermountain was awarded the three-year contract to further its work in transforming how healthcare is delivered to improve the quality of patient care while helping hold healthcare costs down.

This effort will accelerate Intermountain’s nationally recognized work toward developing a new care delivery model using information technology-based tools. New ways to deliver population-based data to primary care doctors will also be developed to help patients with chronic conditions.

In support of this effort, Intermountain will train and hire 12 new workers in health information technology-related jobs. Those interested in those jobs may want to know that, for the fifth year in a row, Intermountain Healthcare has been selected as one of the “Best Places to Work in IT” by Computerworld magazine.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that the latest duration rate for Utahns receiving Unemployment Insurance for the fiscal year ending March 31 was 14.4 weeks, which is the 49th lowest in the nation.

The Department of Workforce Services reported that Utah paid out less than $4 million in regular Unemployment Insurance Benefits during the first week of June. The last time the department paid less than that in Unemployment Benefits was November 2008.

Utah’s job growth rate, combined with Workforce Services’ innovative re-employment strategies, has undoubtedly contributed to the state having one of the lowest unemployment insurance duration rates.

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.

BlueCross BlueShield of Utah was established as Utah’s first health insurance carrier seventy years ago when six hospitals formed the Intermountain Hospital Plan in 1942. The Blues in Utah were an instant success and grew rapidly as more Utahns and Utah employers realized the importance of health insurance. Within two years, there were 100-thousand enrollees. In the 1990’s, the company also experienced rapid enrollment growth.

In 1998, BlueCross BlueShield of Utah merged with three other Blues companies of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They became known as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, which now serves more than 400,000 members and has nearly 4,000 physicians and providers in their networks. The company is still on the cutting edge of designing products and physician-hospital partnerships that help control costs for today and tomorrow.

The Chamber would like to congratulate Integra Telecom for expanding their fiber-based on-network locations to more than 2,000 locations, including 115 new customer builds since January of this year. This increase in locations aligns with Integra’s strategic focus on delivering bandwidth-intensive networking and cloud solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers who require reliable and scalable connectivity in a cloud-based infrastructure.

This milestone marks Integra’s continued investment in its fiber footprint and commitment to deliver reliable, high-bandwidth data transport and innovative new services to business customers throughout its network. Their robust fiber network enables secure and high-bandwidth applications for business industries like healthcare, finance, technology, professional services and the public sector.

Leading grocery magazine Progressive Grocer recently named Bethany Oglesby and Marsha Gilford of Smith’s Food and Drug Stores as the “Top Women in Grocery” of 2012.

As floral specialist, Oglesby is responsible for floral category sales in all 133 Smith’s stores throughout the west by creating spectacular merchandising displays featuring the latest floral trends and monitoring store ordering and inventory levels. Once a week, Oglesby hosts a televised communication to stores to rally associates to share in her vision and passion to make Smith’s a quality floral destination.

Gilford is the vice president of public affairs for Smith’s and was also honored with a Pathfinder award last year. She oversees media, community and government relations as well as philanthropy programs for Smith’s stores. She’s recognized as a leader among colleagues by creating innovative local partnerships, representing company interests to local, state and federal government officials and serving on community and food industry associations and committees.

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. 

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