The American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation has announced Intermountain Healthcare’s President and CEO Marc Harrison, MD, as the recipient of the 2019 TRUST Award.

The prestigious national award is awarded to individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the healthcare field and symbolize AHA’s vision of helping to contribute to a society of healthy communities where each individual reaches their highest potential for health.

In announcing the award, the AHA highlighted the major strides under Dr. Harrison’s leadership in delivering value-based care, and the innovations Intermountain is making to help people stay healthy.

“On behalf of Intermountain, we want to thank the American Hospital Association for this award that recognizes our caregivers’ outstanding service to our patients and communities,” said Dr. Harrison. “The innovations we’re making in healthcare wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and forward thinking of our caregivers.”

Recently, Intermountain led the establishment of the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health, a collaboration designed to proactively address factors affecting community health such as chronic hunger, affordable housing, joblessness and personal safety.

Dr. Harrison also spearheaded Civica Rx, the first of its kind, Utah-based not-for-profit generic drug company which aims to lower costs and avoid shortages of generic drugs for hospitals around the country.

“Dr. Harrison is a national and international thought leader on transformation and innovation,” said AHA chair-elect Melinda Estes, MD, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System and chair of the AHA Center for Health Innovation Leadership Council. “He is leading bold new approaches that are improving the quality of healthcare and making it more accessible and affordable.”

“Dr. Harrison’s outstanding work as a physician, health system leader, and health care innovator exemplifies the visionary leadership that the TRUST Award recognizes,” said Jay Bhatt, DO, AHA’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. During challenging times in our field, he is building strategic partnerships and leading initiatives that are redefining value-based care and improving the health of individuals and communities.”

Dr. Harrison’s many honors include Modern Healthcare magazine naming him one of 2018’s Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. Modern Healthcare also recently listed Dr. Harrison as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care and Fortune magazine ranked him 26th on its World’s Greatest Leaders list.

Dr. Harrison was named Intermountain’s president and CEO in October of 2016.

Intermountain is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 160 clinics, 38,000 caregivers, a Medical Group with 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.

For more information visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org

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