Primary Children's Hospital

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Primary Children's Hospital
Intermountain Healthcare
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LocationSalt Lake City, Utah, United States
Coordinates40°46′16″N 111°50′20″W / 40.77111°N 111.83889°W / 40.77111; -111.83889Coordinates: 40°46′16″N 111°50′20″W / 40.77111°N 111.83889°W / 40.77111; -111.83889
Care systemIntermountain Healthcare
Hospital typePediatric
Affiliated universityUniversity of Utah
WebsiteOfficial website

Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital (formerly Primary Children's Medical Center), is a 289-bed[1] children's hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare[2] and operates in affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. The hospital serves the states of Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming,[3] yielding an enormous geographic catchment area of approximately 400,000 square miles.[4]


Primary Children's Hospital had its beginnings in the efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to provide adequate medical care to citizens of the Western United States. An LDS organization and building, named "Deseret Hospital", was first founded in 1882 in Salt Lake City, but it closed for financial reasons in 1900. In 1905 another effort resulted in the "Dr. W. H. Groves Hospital" in Salt Lake City, funded largely by a bequest from an English dentist who had migrated to Utah. Its successor, LDS Hospital, also in Salt Lake City, continues today.

In 1911, some LDS Church leaders, including May Anderson and Louie B. Felt, pushed for a separate facility geared to needs of infants and young patients.[2] By 1913, a children's ward had been established at LDS Hospital and by 1922 a separate facility for children was established in a large Salt Lake City house. It was run by the Primary Association (the auxiliary organization of the LDS Church which deals with teaching and care of children), thus the name. During those years, the LDS Church encouraged its members to donate to the hospital's fund by an annual fundraising effort, "Pennies By The Inch", in which members were asked to donate as many pennies as they were tall (in inches).

From 1934 to 1974, the hospital building was referred to as Primary Children's Hospital.[5] On February 12, 1952 the hospital moved to a larger building located near the top of the Avenues area of Salt Lake[2] (the hilly portion of northeast Salt Lake City). It was substantially enlarged in 1966, gaining nearly twice its original area.

In 1974 the LDS Church decided to divest itself of the ownership and operation of several of its non-church-related activities such as health-care facilities. Thus, in 1975 its hospitals were turned over to the not-for-profit Intermountain Health Care group, which still owns and operates Primary Children's Hospital. The Avenues facility was closed in 1990 and the hospital was moved to a larger facility on the medical campus of the University of Utah. University faculty provide care for patients at Primary Children's Hospital, and the University of Utah pediatric residency program and medical school use Primary Children's Hospital as their pediatric training site.

Of note, the facility was known as Primary Children's Medical Center from 1974 to 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Primary Children's Hospital", U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved on 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Primary Children's Hospital - History", Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved on 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Primary Children's Hospital - Residencies and Internships", Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT. Retrieved on 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Primary Children's Hospital, providing care for thousands who cannot pay", KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, UT, 28 May 2015. Retrieved on 16 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Primary Children's Medical Center to change name", Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT, 27 August 2013. Retrieved on 16 March 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jones, William N. (1992), "Hospitals", in Ludlow, Daniel H (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, pp. 659–661, ISBN 0-02-879602-0, OCLC 24502140

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