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University of Utah Health ranked 6th among 107 academic medical systems for quality of care

by Ben Lockart
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...y-of-care.html

SALT LAKE CITY — A recently concluded quality of care study has ranked the University of Utah Health system sixth among 107 academic medical centers nationwide.

The system was ranked for the safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency and equity of its care, as well as its focus on patients, University of Utah Health spokeswoman Kathy Wilets said in a statement.

The review, named the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study and formerly called the University HealthSystem Consortium Awards, has ranked University of Utah Health in the top 10 for eight consecutive years, including No. 1 rankings last year and in 2010.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which earned this year's top ranking, is the only other organization to receive a top 10 ranking for eight years in a row....

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Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion study focusing on smart decisions and not getting too carried away

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Last March, the university announced it would do a feasibility study on expanding the south end zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Hill said the committee of approximately 10 people overseeing the study currently meets at least once per month.
While the committee has some internal timelines, Hill said it likely wouldn’t share any timelines before the spring when it gets more information from consultants the university has hired.

The expansion committee will examine renovation options, market demand and costs as well as how those factors match the funding framework. That funding model will ultimately include donations, ticket sales, fees and luxury areas. State or university funds will not be an option.

“We don’t want to be a school that gets starry-eyed and thinks they can pay for something and the formula doesn’t work,” Hill said. “That’s not fair to anybody, and that could hurt other programs. That’s one thing we don’t want to do. We also don’t want to price our fans out of coming to the games.”
The Utes, who boast a 98-percent football season ticket renewals ratio, have sold out 46 consecutive home games. The stadium has a seating capacity of 45,807, but thanks to standing-room only tickets, the Utes’ average attendance since 2014 has exceeded the seating capacity. A school-record crowd of 47,825 attended a game against Michigan in 2015.

The university has hired the Texas-based firm CSL (Conventions, Sports & Leisure), a company that has analyzed markets and consulted on projects for soccer and football (NFL and college) stadiums as well as baseball parks and arenas. Pac-12 schools that have used CSL as part of their own football stadium projects include Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.

“We want to do what’s right, that’s why we’re taking a group like that,” Hill said. “College football is changing rapidly in terms of attendance at different schools, how people can get the games in another way. So the future is a little bit unknown. We’re hoping to get the best information that we can do get going on the project.”
The lead architecture and design firm involved in the study, Populous, based out of Kansas City, Mo., has already raised the topic with the committee of possibly adding luxury loge seating to the south end zone. Part of the draw of additional luxury seating would be its ability to help pay off a bond incurred to pay for renovations. Local architecture firm VCBO Architecture, based in Salt Lake City, is also consulting on the study.

Decisions on what type of seating to add will be a big part of the committee’s task. Part of renovation plans will also be relocating some football support, medical support and media areas which currently reside in the south end zone.
Hill said in past years when the university looked into stadium expansion, it was largely an athletic department project. Now, several parts of the university are heavily involved including athletics, the president’s office, auxiliary services and the university budget office, as well as the facility and construction office.

“It’s not just throwing seats in an end zone,” Hill said. “We know that’s not the best step. This project is probably the biggest, the most important project and the most expensive project we’re going to do in the next 20 years.”

Utes football coach Kyle Whittingham said in July at Pac-12 Media Days that the concept of Rice-Eccles expansion is being “well-received” by donors and that “low 50s” is a likely capacity target. Hill said no decisions have been made on the target seating capacity, but everyone seems to want it to reach more than 50,000.

In the past, Hill has publicly downplayed the possibility of expansion and played down expectations. He said he now wants to play a different role, and he’s looking forward to the chance to get excited about the potential changes ahead.
“I’m done being the curmudgeon,” Hill said. “We need to be open-minded and do what we have to do. I just want to be the careful one that we are smart with our decisions, and don’t get too carried away. I think Louisville and Utah will be the only ones who will be taking a serious look at expansion in the country. Everyone else is looking at reducing. That gives you a little pause.”
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Apparently, this is what the new Huntsman scoreboard will look like.




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Apparently, this is what the new Huntsman scoreboard will look like.




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That must be an old rendering, as the U has changed over to Pepsi.
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U. health officials celebrate new rehabilitation center

Ashley Stilson, Deseret News

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...on-center.html

...Local dignitaries and university officials gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, 85 N. Medical Drive.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation donated $47.5 million for the project, which will house 75 private patient rooms.

"We believe strongly in a fusion of health care and hospitality, and we think we’ve been able to do that," said Ray Neilsen, chairman of foundation's board of directors.

The design of the new facility places a heavy emphasis on aesthetics, Neilsen continued. The conceptual designs show windows covering much of the building, giving patients a view of the mountains and gardens...

...Using 150,000 square feet, the new center will have a mobility garage located inside the facility, along with two therapy gyms and two floors of therapy space.

The total estimated cost of the project is $423.5 million...



An artist's rendering of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital that will be built at the University of Utah. The 75-bed hospital will be one of the most advanced rehabilitation facilities in the nation and will serve as a catalyst for the further development of the U.’s rehabilitation programs.


An artist's rendering of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital that will be built at the University of Utah. The 75-bed hospital will be one of the most advanced rehabilitation facilities in the nation and will serve as a catalyst for the further development of the U.’s rehabilitation programs.

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The Milken Institute Ranks the Best U.S. Universities for Technology Transfer
- New Report Cites University Research Funding, Technology Transfer as Catalysts for Economic Growth


University of Utah #1 out of more than 200 ranked - BYU #4

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Milken Institute today released a new report ranking more than 200 universities across the United States for their prowess in developing basic research into new technologies, products and companies – a process known as "technology transfer."

The report "Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer" also carries with it a clear policy recommendation: American research universities are among the nation's most powerful engines for domestic economic growth, and funding to sustain their research brings strong returns in the form of new industries, businesses and jobs.

"American economic vitality is fueled by invention," said Ross DeVol, chief research officer for the Milken Institute, who also authored the original 2006 study on the topic. "As a society, we understand our universities as the training ground for the next generation of leaders and doers, but we often overlook the benefits these institutions impart simply by bringing new ideas to life. Our study shows the impact of university research both locally and nationally is profound, and needs our support."

The report found that university research funding supports the creation of both middle- and high-skill industry jobs through innovation, commercialization and technology transfer, with varied and significant multiplier effects. As such, it makes four key policy recommendations:[/B]

Maintain basic scientific research funding. Basic research provides long-term economic benefits by allowing universities to take on research that has a low probability of quick commercial success, but potential to deliver a high reward and to create whole new industries.
•Incentivize technology transfer through a new federal commercialization fund. The federal government should increase research funding under a special commercialization pool. Universities demonstrating greater commercialization success in the market should receive higher funding in this program.
•Increase technology transfer capacity through federal matching grants. The federal government should commence a matching grant program with states to fund an increase in staff and resources in technology transfer offices (TTOs). Higher rates of academic entrepreneurship are essential to reviving declining start-up rates and productivity across the economy.
•Increase technology transfer efficiency by adopting best practices. At the state level, policies should be implemented that incentivize the adoption of best practices in commercialization at public universities, including TTOs. Efficiency gaps between universities outside of the top 25 in our Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index should be narrowed


The top 25 institutions by ranking.


Rank...Institution...Indexed Score


...DeVol, along with Milken Institute co-authors Joe Lee and Minoli Ratnatunga, ranked each university based on four standard indicators of technology transfer success: patents issued, licenses issued, licensing income, and start-ups formed, relying on data collected by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) via the AUTM's Annual Licensing Activity Survey...


#1...University of Utah...100

2...Columbia University...97.83

3...University of Florida...97.66


#4...Brigham Young University...97.58

5...Stanford University...95.6

6...University of Pennsylvania...95.39

7...University of Washington...95.11

8...Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...94.33

9...California Institute of Technology...94.11

10...Carnegie Mellon University...93.54

11...New York University...93.41

12...Purdue University...93.02

13...University of Texas System...92.88

14...University of Minnesota...92.75

15...University of California, Los Angeles...92.13

16...University of Michigan...91.58

17...Cornell University...89.49

18...University of Illinois Chicago Urbana...89.37

19...University of South Florida...88.93

20...University of California, San Diego...88.55

21...Arizona State University...88.49

22...University of Central Florida...88.21

23...Northwestern University...87.95

24...University of Pittsburgh...87.75

25...North Carolina State University...87.73


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