Intermountain Health Care Inc., the state's largest medical provider, opened a round-the-clock day-care center Friday for employees of LDS Hospital, Primary Children's Medical Center and the IHC central offices.

Women represent 80 percent of IHC employees. An estimated 40 percent of nurses nationally are single women, said spokesman Brian Wilkinson."We decided to start our own day-carecenter because the marketplace wasn't meeting the unique needs of our employees," said Scott Parker, IHC president.

"Few day-care centers in the Salt Lake area are open 24 hours a day and few, if any, provide care for infants or children who aren't feeling well," Parker said.

The facility, at 48 S. Fourth East, accepts infants older than six weeks, provides a staff nurse to care for sick children and education programs for children, Wilkinson said.

A fee is charged for services which is comparable to commercial centers.