Janet Hemming, vice president of advertising and public relations for Intermountain Health Care, announced Monday she will resign effective Jan 2.

A statement released by IHC officials, said Hemming "has chosen to pursue other professional interests."Hemming's resignation comes in the wake of a controversy over IHC's practice of keeping "media monitoring reports" on local journalists and public relations officials who work for prominent officials, businesses and politicians.

The practice, which Hemming called a common procedure, was criticized by the press and public relations groups.

But there was no mention of the controversy in the IHC statement Monday night.

The statement said, "During the past two years, Jan has made a significant contribution to the organization in strengthening our public relations function. She has assembled a fine team of professionals in the department and has improved coordination between public relations staff in the central office and our hospitals. We wish her every success in her future endeavors."

John Taylor will become acting manager of the public relations function for IHC during a transition period between now and the end of the year.