MountainStar Healthcare was established as a division of HCA in January 2006 to leverage expertise across eight hospitals for the benefit of the patients in the communities they served. Initial goals included centralizing operations and management for six acute care hospitals in Utah and two in Idaho.

At that time, the healthcare network also included eight physician clinics in Utah that eventually became the MountainStar Medical Group. It has expanded to approximately 50 clinics and 160-plus physicians.

In 2008, Alaska Regional Hospital joined the Utah-based HCA division. In 2010, MountainStar established the first satellite emergency center in Utah to meet the growing need for emergency medical care in Draper. To address additional demands for local healthcare services in that community, Lone Peak Hospital opened in 2013 to provide maternity care as well as inpatient and outpatient surgical care.

To increase patient access to high-quality healthcare, MountainStar established nine freestanding surgery centers and three satellite imaging centers in neighborhoods throughout Utah over the past seven years. To bring quality patient care to Utah’s northernmost communities, Cache Valley Hospital joined the MountainStar network in 2014.

As a healthcare system, MountainStar is large enough to offer sophisticated procedures and implement cutting-edge technologies, but small enough to preserve the human compassion in healing — one patient at a time. Its hospitals are locally and nationally recognized for delivering high-quality, safe and cost-effective patient care. In fact, several achieve high ratings and awards annually from organizations like Truven, Healthgrades, the Leapfrog Group, The Joint Commission, and Healthinsight among others.

In 2013, MountainStar was featured in Modern Healthcare as one of only 64 healthcare systems that achieved a place in the top 20 percent nationwide. Its Utah hospitals were the first in the state to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. It remains the only healthcare system in Utah to retain that accreditation.