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Healthcare Heroes

Champions of Healing and Hope

By Utah Business Editors | Photography by Brandon Flint

October 8, 2013

During the minimally invasive TAVR procedure, the surgeon implants an artificial valve in the diseased aorta through a small incision in the patient’s leg or into the chest between the ribs. The new valve immediately opens and closes more efficiently, significantly improving blood flow through the heart.

“TAVR is a tremendous step forward in the treatment of aortic valve disease nationwide,” says Steve Bateman, CEO of St. Mark’s Hospital. “Dr. Karwande and Dr. Schorlemmer led the effort to bring this advanced and life-saving procedure to our hospital, which significantly expanded its availability in Utah.”

Following the TAVR procedure, patients feel minimal-to-no pain and most experience a much more rapid recovery than they would from a traditional, open-heart valve replacement.

 “Pardon me for using the phrase, but it’s downright amazing,” says Schorlemmer. “There’s no other word I can think of to describe it.”

Dr. Nancy A. Murphy

Professor/Medical Director of Utah Comprehensive Care Program University of Utah School of Medicine/Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Nancy Murphy’s No. 1 career goal has always been to provide family-centered and individualized care for children with complex needs. In 2007, she achieved that goal tenfold.

In collaboration with the U’s Department of Pediatrics and Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Medical Center, Murphy helped to pilot a model of care for children with the most complex chronic conditions associated with disabilities, now called the Utah Comprehensive Care Program.

“These children often have cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes and conditions associated with technologies such as tracheostomies, ventilators, feeding tubes, medicine pumps and wheelchairs,” she says. “Most of the children have life-limiting conditions, and we take a family-centered approach based on shared decision-making and quality of life to guide the process.”

Now, just a few years later, the program cares for nearly 500 children with complex chronic conditions associated with disabilities and technology dependencies.

“Family satisfaction is high, and parents perceive the quality of life of their children as very good. Our next steps are to expand capacity to take care of even more children and their families in multiple locations across the Wasatch Front,” Murphy says.

Ultimately, what motivates Murphy to keep innovating are the kids, their families and “the privilege of impacting diseases that have no cures but still allow for plenty of hope and joy.”

Community Outreach

Bruce Jensen

Vice President of Communications

Intermountain Healthcare

Bruce Jensen is the creative force behind some of the most well-known and impactful public service campaigns in Utah. Before he joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2004, he led the “Hold on to Dear Life” seatbelt campaign and the “Don’t Waste Utah” anti-littering campaign, as well as campaigns in support of Hogle Zoo, KUED and public education.

At Intermountain Healthcare, Jensen leads the team responsible for the LiVe Well campaign, which encourages Utahns of all ages to adopt healthy lifestyles. The campaign’s PSAs are delivered through TV, radio, the web, social media, mobile apps and billboards—and through attention-grabbing strategies like a high-performance jump rope team, fake vending machines and humorous school assemblies that reach more than 90,000 children and teens.

In a random survey, 68 percent of Utah children said they were familiar with the LiVe Well campaign; of those, 98 percent said the campaign was important and 96 percent said it was helpful to them.

“While not entirely attributable to the campaign, the best measure of success is the improved health and lower obesity rates of today’s youth,” says Jensen. From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of Utah children considered overweight dropped from 25 to 20 percent. Those classified as obese fell from 10 to 8 percent.

“Small but extremely important improvements,” he says.

“When I hear accounts of people who avoided injury because they buckled their seatbelt when they would not have done so previous to the campaign, or when I hear that a family has decided to start eating better and being more active together—and thus living healthier—it makes all the hard work associated with the campaigns more than worth it.”

Marty C. Malheiro

Coordinator of Outreach Education

Utah Poison Control Center

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