The U is expanding west. With an expected opening date of 2027, a new $400 million, 587,000-square-foot health care and training facility along with an academic campus is planned near the intersection of 5600 West and 3700 South in West Valley City.
It will help improve access to health care, create thousands of jobs, and include numerous career training, certificate, and educational opportunities. “Through meaningful community engagement, we are envisioning new ways for the U to partner with and support people and communities in the West Valley area,” says U president Taylor Randall HBA’90. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to work together to eliminate inequities and quality of life disparities that exist in our community.”
Although the groundbreaking isn’t slated until 2024, the work began years ago. Representatives from University of Utah Health have been meeting with community members and leaders from the area to learn from their expertise and gain insight into community needs, desires, and opportunities. “This health and community center will be the first of its kind in the valley and possibly in the state,” says U of U Health CEO Michael Good.
The population of the west side of the valley experiences greater health disparities than the state overall. For example, there is a 38 percent greater occurrence of stroke and there are 44 percent more diabetes cases. The new 428,000-square-foot inpatient hospital with 187 inpatient beds, 22 ER beds, and 25 operating rooms along with the 159,000-square-foot ambulatory building will help to begin to address some of these disparities.
“Before, during, and long after breaking ground on this facility, we have worked and will continue to work alongside West Valley area community members and our partner organizations to ensure that this center feels like it is theirs,” says Randall.
The new facility and academic campus will join other community partnerships and clinics in the area—including a joint project with Salt Lake Community College in Herriman and health centers in South Jordan and West Valley City.