Carson Tahoe Health embraces strategic affiliation with University of Utah Health Care

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During the past few years, the healthcare climate in the United States has proven to be unpredictable. In response to national healthcare reform, many organizations have looked at partnerships with other entities to meet the needs of an increasing population.

In 2013, Carson Tahoe Health forged an affiliation with University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), and in 2015, Carson Tahoe Cancer Center became an affiliate of the university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). These strategic affiliations provide patients with a virtually seamless, cost-effective transition of care between entities allowing coordinated collaboration among physicians and facilities. Combining efforts affords Carson Tahoe the ability to focus on improving community health, controlling costs, and relying on evidence-based medicine to enhance the overall quality of care. Through these collaborations, CTH has embraced a forward-thinking approach to delivering advanced care while expanding the organization’s capacity to treat as many patients in the community as possible.

“Healthcare is changing very rapidly and the key to continued success for an independent healthcare system like ours is finding the right partner,” said Ed Epperson, president and CEO of Carson Tahoe Health. “University of Utah Health Care has a world-wide reputation as a provider of accessible, innovative, higher-level care in a patient-centered environment — all the qualities we’re looking for in a partner. By pulling together and sharing resources, we’re able to provide our community with convenient access to advanced care. In short, we’re ‘better together.’”

CTH’s affiliations with UUHC and HCI offer numerous benefits to Northern Nevadans, including:

Greater access to a broad range of specialized medical services not currently provided in the area such as, complex cardiovascular care, higher level cancer care, neurosciences and transplant services and more

Patients receive multidisciplinary, world-class care based on the same protocols and practice standards that are in use at UUHC and HCI and will benefit from unilateral 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

CTH physicians and healthcare professionals have new opportunities for ongoing continuing education

CTH has full access to the resources and clinical expertise of a top ranked academic medical center to better serve the community

UUHC is an academic healthcare system, providing services to the Mountain West region with a referral area encompassing 10 percent of the continental United States. HCI is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers, managing 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. To learn more about Carson Tahoe Health’s affiliation with University of Utah Health Care and Huntsman Cancer Institute, visit


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