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University of Utah Health’s inaugural Medical Director of Home-Based Care

Jared S. Huber, MD, has been appointed as University of Utah Health’s inaugural Medical Director of Home-Based Care. The mission of home-based care at the University of Utah is to support care transitions for patients returning home after any acute care stay—either inpatient or outpatient. More coordinated care transitions improve the patient and caregiver experiences as well as health outcomes. They also have the potential to build much-needed bed capacity. This new position of Medical Director of Home-Based Care will work under the supervision of the Chief Population Health Officer and the Chief Clinical Officer at University of Utah Health. 

In this role, Huber will be responsible for the operations and strategic planning of the partnership between University of Utah Health and Community Nursing Services, including engaging with new departments and specialties across the health system to expand the Heal at Home service model. This includes developing new programs, enhancing existing ones, evaluating the patient and caregiver experiences and outcomes, as well as ensuring quality and safety throughout the process.

Huber has been with University of Utah Health since 2019, serving as an Assistant Professor in the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine and practicing as a hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Previously, Huber completed his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University, his MD at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and resident training at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. 

“Home-based care is all about meeting patients where they are,” Huber says. “It is inherently patient-centered, and I believe developing this infrastructure is foundational for the future of health care delivery at the University of Utah. Partnering with Community Nursing Services (CNS) through Heal at Home has already demonstrated its value to patients and the health system by creating capacity through the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the pandemic no longer defines our day-to-day activities, the health system still experiences capacity strain. Providing high-quality, safe, patient-centered care in the patient's home is one way we can relieve that strain. I hope this effort and the lessons we learn along the way resonate throughout the health system and are reflected in better patient outcomes, patient experience, and provider satisfaction."

Please join me in supporting Jared as he steps into this new role and the Heal at Home program as we seek to expand this vital service to patients across the system.