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Healthcare Heroes

Champions of Healing and Hope

By Utah Business Editors | Photography by Brandon Flint

October 8, 2013

Corporate Achievement

Dr. Donna Milavetz, M.P.H.

CEO and Medical Director

OnSite Care

Dr. Donna Milavetz’s goal is no less than saving American healthcare. She believes that access to affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and in 2007 she founded OnSite Care to make healthcare more accessible to more people. The company opens and runs primary care clinics at businesses, and it has grown from a single location to nine over the past two and a half years.

OnSite’s clinics don’t operate on a fee-for-service model, and its doctors have more time than most to focus on each of their patients. The company also focuses on treating illness and injury and promoting the kind of healthy behaviors that prevent illness and injury. This results in outcomes that are better for both employees and employers. “A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, which then also uses less overall healthcare dollars,” Milavetz says.

Milavetz has been a physician for many years, and before founding OnSite Care, she started and was medical director of the Women’s Health Center at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. She was also co-director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

Accredited Chest Pain Centers

Seven MountainStar Hospitals

MountainStar Healthcare

Heart disease is Utah’s No. 1 killer. This is just one reason why MountainStar Healthcare administrators and medical staff prioritized making every Utah MountainStar facility into an Accredited Chest Pain Center. All seven centers are the first in Utah to claim this distinction.

Designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an Accredited Chest Pain Center is a facility that provides state-of-the-art cardiac care based on current medical research and best clinical practices. It is a facility that must provide a consistent and systematic approach to treating patients, with specialist teams that exhibit a higher level of expertise.

“Each facility proactively engaged in a rigorous standardization of their cardiac care processes,” says Dr. Scott Williams, chief medical officer at MountainStar. “Simply put, this means we’re able to save more lives.”

“Beyond improving care for people with chest pain in seven hospitals along the Wasatch Front, our specialists are educating the general public about heart health on an on-going basis,” says Kristy Chambers, lead team coordinator at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Chambers points to training sessions held at the Davis and Weber county fair this summer in which 722 individuals learned CPR. 

zFit

Zions Bank

A great way to cut down healthcare costs is to get employees working together to improve their health. That’s the idea behind zFit, Zions Bank’s employee wellness program, which is led by George Myers.

Zions has had a corporate wellness program of some form for at least 10 years, but this year the company rebranded the program and began focusing on the social aspects of wellness. “You have to have a team around you to gain the full benefit of wellness,” Myers says.

Among the events the company has held is the zFit Invitational, a tournament-style competition that coincided with the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. Myers and his team divided the company’s 2,600 employees into 16 teams, and employees scored points by participating in wellness activities they chose. Myers says the event ended up having much more employee engagement than he had anticipated, which he believes was due largely to the fact that it allowed employees to choose their activities. “Wellness efforts have to be designed so that they relate to the individual,” he says.

Myers says healthcare costs for Zions Bank and its employees have increased by only about 2 percent each year, compared to the 6 to 8 percent experienced by most other banks of a similar size.

Healthcare Practitioner – Physician

Dr. Daniel Rhead Cottam

Surgeon

Bariatric Medicine Institute

Dr. Daniel Cottam is a bariatric surgeon, but his practice focuses on much more than just surgery. He helped establish the Bariatric Medicine Institute of Utah, where he and his staff focus on helping obese patients lose weight and heal, not only mentally, but also emotionally and physically. In addition to performing surgery, Cottam and his staff work with patients to create individualized programs that include methods such as nutritional counseling, fitness training, support groups and behavioral counseling.

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