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Carson Tahoe Health Partners With Utah Hospital

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In a handshake agreement, Carson Tahoe Health and the University of Utah Health Care will now be working together to offer patients in Northern Nevada more options for treatment.

"As we learned more about that we started to hear very good stories about outcomes, about satisfaction. And we began to hear very good stories about the costs being quite a bit lower so all those things together told us there could be something going on here," says Ed Epperson, President and CEO of Carson Tahoe Health.

The University of Utah is made up of four hospitals, each with a specific focus. A focus that isn't offered at Carson Tahoe - and likely won't be offered in Northern Nevada any time soon.

"In terms of level one trauma, the Intermountain Burn Center, transplant center, a lot of those aspects of care, even though you have great care here, many times based on volume and other things won't make sense to provide in the area," says David Entwistle, CEO of the University of Utah Hospitals.

And in some cases, patients won't even have to travel the 500 miles to Salt Lake City. Telemedicine will soon be an option and in the future, Utah doctors might even come to Carson Tahoe on a regular basis to treat patients here at home.

So why choose Utah over California? It all comes down to quality of care at a good price. The University of Utah has ranked in the top 10 academic health systems in the country for the past four years. And it's half the cost.

"I had a great time working in San Francisco, but it turns out there cost structure is substantially different than the cost structure at the University of Utah. For major procedures like a liver transplants or a bone marrow transplant, our costs are about 50% that of the costs of the California academic medical centers," says Dr. Sean Mulvihill, CEO of the University of Utah Medical Group.

The University of Utah is currently in similar partnerships with other facilities in Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. They say these partnerships make sense with the future of health care.

Written by Wendy Damonte

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