University of Utah Health Affiliation

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Carson Tahoe Health is an Affliate of University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute

The recent evolution of national healthcare reform has made one thing clear – without partnerships and collaborations, growing to meet the needs of an increasing population is virtually impossible. Fortunately, Carson Tahoe’s size and independence continues to be advantageous in terms of adaptability and delivery of higher level services.

Carson Tahoe became an affiliate of University of Utah Health (UUH) in 2013, and Carson Tahoe Cancer Center formed an affiliation in 2015 with the University’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Through these strategic alliances, our community can tap into the world-class research, support and educational resources associated with one of our nation’s top academic institutions. Through joining forces, Carson Tahoe is poised to continue to provide leading-edge care into the future.

Carson Tahoe Cancer Center

Advancing the Way Healthcare is Delivered in our Community

With advances in healthcare, there are higher level, specialized medical services and resources not available within our local community that others can help us provide. We sought a partner who would:

  • Share our dedication to providing patient-centered care in a compassionate, healing environment
  • Complement the services we currently provide to our community
  • Work with us to provide a seamless transition for patients and families who need highly specialized care not available locally
  • Help us continue to expand our services by working directly with us in Nevada and through advanced remote telemedicine

Forward-thinking Partnerships for a Healthier Future

After looking at many options, we chose to become an affiliate of UUH and HCI to help us address our community’s needs. UUH and HCI have the expertise, breadth and depth of services, and a forward-thinking approach that will allow Carson Tahoe to expand our own capacity to care for as many patients in our community as possible, while also filling gaps in specialty and sub-specialty services. Through these landmark affiliations, patients within our community have the best possible access to higher levels of care.

A partnership with University of Utah Health and Huntsman Cancer Institute brings a wide range of benefits to Northern Nevadans:

  • Greater access to a broad range of specialized medical services not currently provided in our area such as, complex cardiovascular care, higher level cancer care, neurosciences and transplant services
  • Patients will receive multidisciplinary, world-class care based on the same protocols and practice standards that are in use at UUH and HCI and will benefit from collaboration between entities
  • Comprehensive care coordination, extensive resources, and opportunities to access clinical trials
  • Expanded telemedicine specialties allow even more families to receive care without leaving their home communities
  • Carson Tahoe physicians and healthcare professionals have new opportunities for ongoing continuing education
  • Carson Tahoe has full access to the resources and clinical expertise of a top-ranked academic medical center to better serve our community

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Executive Medical
Director of
Huntsman Cancer Institute

  • For seven years running, University of Utah Health (UUH) has ranked among the nation’s top 10 academic medical centers in quality, safety and accountability. In 2016, UUH rose to the top. Vizient, Inc. announced UUH finished in first place overall in its prestigious Quality and Accountability Study, besting more than 100 of the nation’s most distinguished academic medical centers.
  • Patient Resources – Here, you’ll find HCI fact sheets, information cards, and video links about cancer prevention, treatment, caregiving, and more.
  • Sweetenham, Executive Medical Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute, discusses how HCI and Carson Tahoe are working together to advance the national ‘Cancer Moonshot’.

UUH Testimonials

Denise G.'s Story

My name is Denise, and I’ve been working in Carson City for over 16 ½ years.

In early May 2016, the unexpected happened. After noticing extreme dizziness and nausea for about a week, I went to the Carson Tahoe Emergency Department.

I was told the frightening news that I had a brain aneurism.

Dr. Meg Jack, the CTH emergency physician, told me I needed surgery before my brain aneurism ruptured, which could have caused a life-threatening stroke. She comforted me, and reassured me that things would be all right and that I would receive excellent care. She informed me that because of CTH’s partnership with University of Utah Health, I was able to be immediately care-flighted to the esteemed University of Utah Medical Center to receive the specialized care I needed.

My family was concerned that Utah was so far away, but in reality, the trip was quick and my entire experience was outstanding.

My family and I can’t possibly say enough about the care I received there. The employees who helped me throughout my time at UUH were so kind to me and my concerned family – who had traveled to be with me in Utah – as I received care in the ICU for eight days.

The doctors, nurses (who were the absolute best), administration staff, and even our “food guru” (who came each day to take my meal order) went above and beyond to make sure I got the best possible care. They were very caring and compassionate towards my family and I, and especially understanding as to what we were going through.

When the time came to be discharged, the UUH staff explained everything I’d need to know for my road to a successful recovery and what to expect along the way.

When I was back home, the UUH surgeon’s office continued to reach out to me to see how I was doing. Additionally, the UUH surgeon had scheduled a six month follow-up appointment. His attention to detail and his assistance in easing me back into the care of my own doctor here at home, helped me gain peace of mind.

Thanks to CTH’s and UUH’s dedication and commitment to give me the best possible medical care, I am now fully recovered, back to work, and doing the things I love in life.

An added benefit to this experience, due to CTH’s strong affiliation with UUH and my CDS Group Health Insurance plan, was my spouse’s expenses for the eight days he was with me were covered 100 percent (from food, airfare and hotel, to our rental car for the trip home to Nevada).

My family and I are forever grateful for the phenomenal care I received from start to finish at both CTH and UUH. If I had to go back to UUH and receive medical attention, I would in a heartbeat… let’s just hope I don’t need to.

Denise G.
Carson City, Nev.

Rianilee B.'s Experience

I have nothing but good stuff to say about Huntsman Cancer Center. I take care of my disabled brother who is currently in Utah, receiving 6 weeks of brain radiation at Huntsman. They are MORE than just healthcare professionals, they’re family. University of Utah’s customer service is top notch and the staff goes above and beyond. They understand the emotional turmoil that illness can often bring.

Rianilee B.
Carson City, Nev.

(Since, Rianilee has safely brought her brother back home to the Carson Tahoe area.)

Other Success Stories

University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health is a world-renowned academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for the people of Utah and a referral area encompassing five states and more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals – University of Utah Hospital; the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; and Huntsman Cancer Hospital – with more than 1,000 physicians offering care in more than 200 medical specialties. The system has been ranked among the top 10 academic health systems in the country for the past four years in the University HealthSystem Consortium’s rigorous Quality and Accountability Study.

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah Population Database – the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have identified cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 26-member alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers) and is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation’s largest collections of cancer-related publications. The institute is named after Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.

For more information on HCI, various materials can be found at the Patient Resources section of the HCI website or on the Affiliate Extranet under News.

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