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These individuals changed the course of the pandemic in Utah

Every year we honor those in the healthcare industry who have worked to make Utah healthier. But this year, Utah’s healthcare leaders went above and beyond, pivoting their time, creativity, ingenuity, and magnanimity to face off against a global pandemic.

This year’s award winners flew to New York to ease congested and overworked hospitals. They devoted their time and resources to make mass testing available statewide. They put aside everything they planned to accomplish this year to join the race for a vaccination.

Even the companies stepped up. Retail companies used their manufacturing power to make masks and PPE equipment for our healthcare workers. Distilleries used their stills to make hand sanitizer for the public. Large tech companies used their buying power to purchase meals from struggling restaurants and donate them to overworked hospitals.

In November of 2020, Utah Business sat down with leaders from six of Utah’s healthcare companies for a livestreamed panel event. We spoke about what it was like to be on the frontlines of the pandemic in 2020, and where we see the industry going from here.

This is only the beginning of our nation’s battle against COVID-19, we all agreed, and we are so grateful to these warriors for leading the charge. Thank you, to this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes. We are so grateful for all you have done both this year and beyond.

 

Administrative Excellence

 

Diane Rindlisbacher, RN DNP(c)

Executive Partner, Strategy Officer, and COVID-19 Testing Lead | Intermountain Healthcare

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Erica Rason at Justin Hackworth Photography for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

On March 6, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the COVID-19 virus. On March 9th, Intermountain collected our first sample for testing, and one week later we had launched a COVID-19 hotline and 13 testing sites throughout Utah. Since those early days of the pandemic, we’ve processed over 315,000 tests for Utahns–the most tests administered in the state by a single organization.

What are you looking forward to?

December 11, 2020. That is the date I graduate with my doctor of nursing practice in executive leadership from the University of San Francisco. I have empathy for those going to school during a pandemic!

 

Kimball Anderson

CEO, Timpanogos Hospital | MountainStar Healthcare

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Photographed by Justin Hackworth for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We were faced with a unique situation that had become a public health crisis. Confusing and sometimes contradicting information about the origin, symptoms, transmission, and treatment of COVID was changing daily. This, coupled with the social unrest at the time and the politicization of the situation, contributed to the level of fear and anxiety in our communities. It seemed like the very fabric of society was unraveling. I recognized the opportunity to have a positive influence on society by collaborating with innovative leaders from Silicon Slopes, community leaders, and healthcare to implement innovative and unique approaches to a public healthcare crisis.

 

What advice do you have for other healthcare professionals?

Recognize opportunities to make a difference, surround yourself with good people who also want to make a difference, work hard, and have fun and enjoy what you do.

 

Philip Chaffee (not pictured)

Senior Director, Emergency Management & Safety | University of Utah Health

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 How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The years of planning, training, and stockpiling supplies and equipment, such as self-contained hospital tents, continue to provide valuable resources for our healthcare system to provide critical services to the community we serve.  Because of this forward-thinking and relentless planning for more than a decade, we have been able to respond and provide the quality and continuity of care that our community deserves.

 

What are you looking forward to?

Now that I am nearing the end of my second master’s degree, an MBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration, I look forward to furthering advancement in leadership where I can continue to affect positive change that fosters professional partnerships and builds true relationships of trust that strengthens my ability to serve and help provide the healthcare needs of our communities.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Tad Morley, MHA, FACHE

Executive Director, Network Development & Telehealth | University of Utah Health

As the executive director of the Office of Network Development and Telehealth, Tad Morely has overseen collaborative health efforts that serve over 10 percent of the continental United States.

 

Troy Carlton

Director of Quality, Risk Management, Infection Prevention, & Employee Health | Lone Peak Hospital

After 40 years as a healthcare professional, Troy Carlton has worked to create structures, policies, protocols, and trainings in hospitals that now help navigate the 2020 pandemic.

 

Business Support

 

Podium

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How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

When COVID-19 hit, everyone had to shift the way they did business overnight, from local businesses to state governments. At Podium, we saw this immense need and we launched a campaign here in Utah called Text-to-Takeout, where we gave a free version of our software to every restaurant in the state that wanted it. It allowed them to immediately use texting to coordinate taking orders, arranging curbside pickup, taking contactless payment, and more. We gave the state access to our Webchat product for the coronovirus.utah.gov website, giving Utahns the option to text the State Department of Health with questions about the COVID response rather than having to call in.

 

What advice do you have for other businesses navigating the pandemic?

Stay nimble and embrace digital.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

In partnership with the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, the foundation generously underwrote the Navigating COVID-19 lecture series so it could be offered to Utah businesses free of charge.

 

Qualtrics

During the pandemic, Qualtrics released a contact tracing tool for health departments and local governments to contact individuals who have tested positive or are at high risk of contracting COVID.

 

Suazo Business Center

The Suazo Business Center has worked to provide and empower the Latino and Hispanic business communities with tools to stay in business during the pandemic.

 

Solutionreach

Solutionreach offers a telehealth platform that allows for health checks over the phone, keeping doctors’ offices safe for those who need to visit them.

 

O.C. Tanner

O.C. Tanner converted a portion of their manufacturing space into a production hub to develop vital medical equipment to help fight COVID-19.

 

Healthcare Practitioner

 

Daniel Huff, DPM, & Keith J. Nelson

Podiatrist | Foot & Ankle Center of Cache Valley
MD, Orthopedic Surgeon | Alpine Orthopedic Specialists

 

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Dr. Daniel Huff and Dr. Keith Nelson worked together to help a young Central American girl correct her clubbed feet. Connected by Operation Underground Railroad, they provided pro bono work with Cache Valley Hospital to give her a future where she could walk.

 

How are you impacting your community?

The best way to impact our community is to do the best we can as positive and productive contributors.  We should seek organizations in which we can engage and assist in trying to make a positive difference. Through my years I have been fortunate to work with LDS Charities, Operation Underground Railroad, Village of Hope, and more. All of my experiences with these great organizations have had at least a profound effect on me and hopefully those we, directly and indirectly, assisted with healthcare.

— Keith J. Nelson

 

What advice do you have for other healthcare professionals?

The world needs heroes in medicine. Make a difference by helping improve lives and loving people.

— Daniel Huff, DPM

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Amy Stowe

ACNP-BC | Intermountain Healthcare

Amy Stowe is a devoted nurse practitioner in the respiratory ICU unit at Intermountain Healthcare.

 

Jackie Walker, RN

MountainStar Healthcare, Brigham City Community Hospital

Recently celebrating her 40th year at Brigham City Community Hospital, Jackie Walker has cared for thousands of patients, friends, and families.

 

Pinecrest Dental

Pinecrest Dental worked to remain open during the pandemic to provide emergency and urgent dental procedures.

 

Sheila Grisard, RN

St. Mark’s Hospital

Celebrating 30 years at St. Mark’s Hospital, Sheila Grisard has spent her career following her passion and caring for patients.

 

Healthcare Support

 

Bill Phillips

Founder & COO | Spectrum Solutions

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Photographed by Erica Rason at Justin Hackworth Photography for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

At Spectrum I was able to help my team make a quick pivot to rapidly step up and deliver the world an altogether new diagnostic option using saliva. This industry-innovating COVID testing solution using the readily available saliva additionally offered over a 90 percent reduction in PPE use, immediately offering the nation relief from both testing supply and PPE shortages.

What do you wish more people knew about being a healthcare professional?

It’s one thing to say you’re going to create a medical device manufacturing company for molecular diagnostic applications; it sounds quite impressive and extraordinary. However, it is quite another thing entirely to actually make that happen. There are so many unique elements and moving parts that must cohesively meld while they keep changing. The path to implementing a quality system and becoming ISO13485 certified was a challenge and a journey that required company-wide adoption and 100 percent buy-in from everyone.

 

David Hillyard

Professor Pathology | University of Utah
Director Molecular Infectious Testing | ARUP Laboratories

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Erica Rason at Justin Hackworth Photography for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I have directed the implementation, troubleshooting, and scaling up of COVID molecular testing at ARUP. I have also had the great fortune to work with many other healthcare professionals to advise other health care providers and government entities regarding best practices for COVID testing.

 

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by the exceptionally talented individuals who work tirelessly and often with little recognition to facilitate laboratory testing. The tremendous contribution of laboratory technologists during the current pandemic is often missed in the acknowledgments of health care workers and should be appreciated.

 

BioFire Diagnostics, LLC

Pictured: Andrea Kendell | CFO US & Canada; VP Finance for Global Manufacturing, Quality & Supply Chain | BioFire Diagnostics, LLC

 How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Infectious disease diagnostics is our business. Our teams updated our current respiratory test to detect this new emerging virus in approximately 40 days. Our test is making a difference for healthcare providers around the world by giving them fast, accurate, and comprehensive results.

How are you impacting your community?

Our parent company bioMérieux allocated nearly €22 million in dividends for its subsidiaries to donate to their local communities to fight the negative impacts of the COVID pandemic. The sites in Salt Lake, nominated by their employees, were able to identify local nonprofit organizations to receive about €1.6 million in donations.

— Andrea Kendell | CFO US & Canada; VP Finance for Global Manufacturing, Quality & Supply Chain | BioFire Diagnostics, LLC

 

ProjectProtect (not pictured)

Intermountain Healthcare | University of Utah Health | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Twitter: @Intermountain, @UofUHealth, @Ch_JesusChrist: #ProjectProtect

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

When it became apparent that caregivers may face shortages of critical PPE in the face of this pandemic, we had the great honor of organizing the efforts of 50,000 incredible volunteers who made 5 million medical-grade masks.

 

What do you wish more people knew about being a healthcare professional?

We wish more people could both see and understand the herculean efforts caregivers make every day to provide the safest care possible for patients, including those who have been impacted by the COVID pandemic. We are proud to be part of organizations that recognize what it means to be responsible, contributing members of the community, and give back in many ways both seen and unseen.

— Dan Liljenquist | SVP & Chief Strategy Officer | Intermountain Healthcare

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Alpine Distilling

Alpine Distilling responded to the pandemic by using ethanol to create hand sanitizer for first responders.

 

ATL Technology

ATL technology produced a low-cost ventilator, created by students and alumni at BYU to serve those affected by the pandemic.

 

Daleboot

Daleboot transitioned their ski boot manufacturing lines to produce face shields to help protect first responders and medical professionals.

 

David Boyer

Sales Representative | Affinity Home Medical

David Boyer secured and maintained a supply chain of personal protective equipment for local organizations, businesses, and communities during the pandemic.

 

DPS Skis, Goal Zero, and Petzl

DPS Skis, Goal Zero, and Petzl partnered with Eastman to manufacture medical-grade reusable polyethylene face shields for the Utah Department of Health.

 

Distillery 36 and Backcountry

Distillery 36 and Backcountry partnered to produce hand sanitizer for the Utah homeless population and frontline homeless service workers.

 

FutureInDesign

FutureInDesign, based in Price, Utah, hired local Utahns to sew personal protective equipment for retailers to sell to the general public.

 

HKS

At the start of the pandemic, HKS initiated the Make4COVID program, which enabled offices across the country with 3D printers to produce 3D printed framers to hold polycarbonate face shields.

 

Jill Dubbelman, RN

Clinical Instructor | Ameritech College of Healthcare

Jill Dubbelman has worked with the Medical Reserve Corps to help recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Mark Newman

Founder & CEO | Nomi Health 

Mark Newman worked to expand COVID testing in Utah and other states.

 

Nicole Neumarker

SVP, R&D | Cotiviti

Nicole Neumarker and her team at Cotiviti helped create a COVID Outbreak Tracker, which maps potentially hidden hotspots across the US.

 

Ogden’s Own Distillery

Ogden’s Own Distillery produced hand sanitizer in bulk for medical, governmental, and religious groups.

 

Outlaw Distillery

Outlaw Distillery produced hand sanitizer for pharmacies, hospitals, and first responders.

 

University of Utah

The University of Utah created the COVID-19 Digital Collection, where students and greater Utah residents provided photos and stories documenting how they are responding to life in quarantine.

 

Innovation

 

Mary Jane Pennington

President & CEO | Granger Medical Clinic

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Justin Hackworth for Utah Business Magazine

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Within a few days of COVID hitting Utah, Granger had developed processes and protocols to keep our team members and our patients safe while we provided care both for COVID and non-COVID problems. We moved into Telehealth rapidly, with strong support for our providers, team members, and patients to help everyone learn these new technologies. We set up separate COVID clinics for evaluation and testing―to date we have tested over 8000 patients.

How are you impacting your community? 

At Granger, we initiated our Population Health programs five years ago, and in the meantime have proven that we can improve rates of screening for severe illnesses, decrease hospital admissions, and help patients with chronic illness stay healthy longer.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Apache SafeSpace Solutions

Apache SafeSpace Solutions created a detection and decontamination system to scan temperatures and destroy dangerous microorganisms in the air.

 

Brad Bundy

Professor of Chemical Engineering | Brigham Young University

Dr. Brad Bundy was selected as the NIH challenge winner and is working on a saliva-based RNA detection test to detect COVID.

 

Collective Medical

Collective Medical created and deployed a solution to help frontline healthcare providers readily identify high-risk patients and those who have been exposed to COVID.

 

Garrett Russell

VP | Code Corporation

Garrett Russell has innovated barcode technology, allowing them to withstand rigorous sanitization and barcode reading devices that can scan them from five feet away. He has also partnered with TestUtah to provide unique barcodes for patient forms.

 

Lifetime Achievement

 

Patricia R. Richards

President & CEO, retired | SelectHealth

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Erica Rason at Justin Hackworth Photography for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

At SelectHealth, our priority was the safety, security, and well-being of our employees. After quickly setting up work-from-home capability for more than 95 percent of our workforce, we were able to help people by providing accurate information on testing, treatment, and new ways of accessing care through digital and telehealth services. We were also able to help individuals and employers find ways to maintain their health care coverage.

 

What advice do you have for other businesses navigating the pandemic?

First and foremost, take steps to keep your employees and customers safe. In addition, become informed about programs that offer financial and other support for your business. Also, maintain regular communication with your employees, and pay attention to their emotional needs. With the pandemic, we are seeing more anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.  There are several resources available through employee assistance programs (EAP) and the emotional support hotline.

 

Gordon Crabtree

CEO, Hospitals & Clinics | University of Utah Health

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Erica Rason at Justin Hackworth Photography for Utah Business Magazine

 

Who inspires you?

Our team of over 20,000 employees at U-Health, including all levels of support staff and professionals. They inspire me every single day with unheralded work and unequaled courage.

How are you impacting your community? 

Healthcare is all about community. Teams of professionals at U-Health work every day to help others get through some very difficult challenges. I’m most proud of our health and wellness bus, (a gift from the Larry H and Gail Miller Family Foundation). It has been up and running for three years now, providing screenings and care, particularly for those at risk for diabetes. The bus goes into the community, right where people live, eliminating barriers for those who don’t have insurance, transportation, or access to this care.

I’m also incredibly proud of the SafeUT app, developed at U of U Health and administered by our teams. This successful partnership with our state provides life-saving crisis care to thousands of youth who are at risk for suicide, resulting in more than 2,200 chats in 2019 with youth who report suicidal behaviors.

 

On the Frontlines

 

Intermountain COVID-19 Response Teams

Intermountain Healthcare

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Justin Hackworth for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In April of 2020, Intermountain Healthcare deployed the first of its COVID Response Teams from Salt Lake City to assist hospitals and caregivers in New York. On the frontline of the pandemic, 100 doctors, nurses, and volunteers spent 17 days at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Northwell Health.

 

What are you looking forward to?

I look forward to being a part of tremendous innovation and change in how we deliver care. While the pandemic poses incredible challenges and we all have suffered losses big and small, I am hopeful that we will grow from it.

— Amrapali M. Shah, MD | pulmonary and critical care physician | Intermountain Healthcare

 

Salt Lake County Health Department

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How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many of the things that have become familiar to the public because of COVID, such as the term “flattening the curve” or the concept of contact tracing, are not new to public health—they’re things we do all the time, with dozens of diseases we’re charged with controlling.

Our professionals are the workers who collect, analyze, and report the data used to set COVID policy and we are where healthcare organizations, the medical community, and the public turn for guidance on controlling infectious disease in our community.

 

What do you wish more people knew about being a healthcare professional?

In medicine, the patient is an individual person; public health is about the health of the population as a whole, and our “patient” is the entire community. So our decisions are based on what’s best for everyone in Salt Lake County rather than any one individual, though we also work to minimize individual health risks whenever possible.

— Gary Edwards | Executive Director | Salt Lake County Health Department

 

Michael Hall

MD | Ogden Clinic

Twitter

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
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How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As a member of the US Navy, I was fortunate to be able to volunteer to help with COVID in New York City. I deployed for eight weeks to care for COVID ICU patients. I primarily cared for patients at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. At a difficult time in our country’s history, I was able to help and treat patients and try to comfort their family members with the difficulties posed by the unique and unprecedented circumstances posed by COVID.

 

What is your favorite moment from your healthcare career so far?

My favorite moments are really the daily moments when I talk to people who have had long-standing pain issues that I have been able to help resolve, or when a patient with severe traumatic injuries recovers to the point that they can return to everyday life, happy and productive. That’s why I absolutely love my job in Orthopedic surgery.

 

Richard A. Ferguson, MD, MBA

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Medical Director | Steward Healthchoice Utah

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
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How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

My initial impact with COVID was in taking care of the disproportionately affected Black and Brown citizens of Queens, New York in early April. I learned a lot firsthand rounding on patients daily in our Field Hospital specifically built for COVID positive patients (Billie Jean King-BJK). While on the frontline at BJK I was privileged to work alongside some of the nation’s brightest.

I continue to educate to increase awareness and dispel myths regarding COVID through formal and informal community engagement in Salt Lake County.

 

What advice do you have for other businesses navigating the pandemic?

Please enforce mask usage amongst your customers and your employees. There are few medical indications to not wear a mask.

 

Clement Chow

Assistant Professor | University of Utah School of Medicine

Twitter

 

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Clement Chow was one of the first COVID cases in the state of Utah, and among the most severely ill. Throughout his illness and his recovery, Chow has used his voice to share his story and knowledge as a survivor to educate and enlighten audiences worldwide.

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I have tried to use my experience as a survivor to educate those around me and the general public. Facts and figures don’t always inspire, but true life stories can often spur others to do the right thing and protect others from this deadly disease.

 

How are you impacting your community?

One of my passions is advocating for all people of color. Outside of my professional role, I have been involved in the Utah chapter of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, an organization aimed at advancing the social, political, and economic issues most relevant to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders here in Utah. As a professor, I work hard to help increase the representation and success of students of color through my work with our chapter of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science).

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Environmental Services Technicians

University of Utah Health

The Environmental Services Technicians are highly trained professionals that are the first line of defense against infectious diseases and pathogens, performing routine sanitization procedures to prevent hospital-acquired infections.

 

Jeremy Biggs, MD

Medical Director, University Hospital Employee Clinic | University of Utah Health

Jeremy Biggs employed innovative ideas to protect the University of Utah Health hospital and clinic employees from contracting COVID.

 

Social Services

 

Tip Your Server

The Tip Your Server campaign was launched through close collaboration between Mayor Erin Mendenhall (pictured), Ty & Holly Burrell, Downtown Alliance, and Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development, with significant support from the Utah Restaurant Association, to support service workers in the restaurant industry impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Join us in celebrating not only the winners of this year’s 2020 Healthcare Heroes, but our list of honorable mentions as well as all frontline healthcare professionals fighting to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.
Photographed by Justin Hackworth for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Tip Your Server was an innovative way for us to rally the community to support the people we depend on to keep Salt Lake City fed. Food and beverage employees were the first to be laid off and they’ll be some of the last to be rehired. That is what made this program an absolute priority for us from day one.

— Erin Mendenhall | Mayor | Salt Lake City

 

What advice do you have for other businesses navigating the pandemic?

It is really easy to get caught up in the details and take time to iron everything out, but in emergency situations like a global pandemic, you don’t always have the luxury to wait. We were able to successfully launch Tip Your Server on such short notice because we quickly identified what partners would be working on the project, and what roles they played.

— Derek Deitsch | Business Management Director | Downtown Alliance

 

Young Living Essential Oils

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Sarah Klein photographed by Justin Hackworth for Utah Business Magazine

 

How have you made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As COVID uprooted everyday life in Utah, Young Living’s COVID Task Force Team was instructed to immediately amend business operations to help the diverse needs of the community. We have spent the last several months donating hand sanitizer, personal care products, and PPE equipment to local organizations and frontline workers.

What advice do you have for other businesses navigating the pandemic?

Our COVID Task Force team met daily and pulled in leaders from various departments to make key decisions in our companies COVID response. This allowed our company to move quickly, efficiently, and create easy communication channels between departments, employees, and customers. The quick implementation of a focused and structured internal task force team has been a successful strategy for Young Living and one that we would recommend to businesses of any size.

Sarah Klein | Public Relations Manager | Young Living Essential Oils

 

Honorable Mention:

 

Annette Miller

Volunteer | Midvale City

Annette Miller spent weeks gathering helpers, foodstuffs, and household items for the poor and needy in Midvale City.

 

Claire Bensard

MD-PhD Candidate | University of Utah School of Medicine

Claire Bensard used her background in volunteer work to lead PPE donation drives, which collected more than 100,000 items.

 

Coleman Knitting Mills

Coleman Knitting Mills is helping government and healthcare entities in need of surgical-quality masks and gowns to supplement limited supplies that are being expended as the COVID pandemic expands.

 

COVID-19 Testing Tents

University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health began operating COVID in-car testing sites in early March, becoming the first organization in the state to implement this testing capability. Since then more than 86,000 Utahns have tested for COVID.

 

doTERRA

doTERRA made a $450,000 donation to benefit front-line workers in Utah and around the world, and their Healing Hands Foundation announced a donation to purchase critical PPE for Intermountain Healthcare workers in Utah.

 

Ivette Lopez, PhD, MPH

Professor of Public Health | University of Utah Division of Public Health

Dr. Ivette Lopez started a mask collection project with students and volunteers that funded the assembly and distribution of over 800 surgical-grade masks for organizations throughout the valley.

 

MOSAIC Interfaith Ministries

MOSAIC Interfaith Ministries has worked to ensure food, household supplies, and employment to those in need during the pandemic and the earthquake that rocked the state. During the Pandemic, MOSAIC has gone from serving 1 in 25 Utahns, to 1 in 15 Utahns.

 

Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America Credit Union has donated 2,500 N95 masks to the Utah Division of Emergency Management and provided nearly 500 meals to the staff at hospitals, health departments, clinics, and testing centers across Utah and Idaho.

 

Nicholas and Company

Nicholas and Company donated over 200 pallets of fresh produce to local charities across Utah and Idaho and worked with restaurants to provide meals for frontline workers on the Helping Heroes campaign.

 

Powdr Company

Powdr created the Play It Forward initiative which celebrates and supports local communities as they navigate the effects of the pandemic. They have also donated over $3 million and 50,000 pounds of food to nonprofits providing relief efforts in their communities, and they donated over 600 pairs of goggles to doctors in need of PPE.

 

Rudy Gobert

Center | Utah Jazz

Center of the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert donated $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and COVID-related social services relief.

 

Salt Lake County Youth Services

During the pandemic, the Salt Lake County Youth Services facilities have remained open and dedicated to serving abused or neglected youth aged birth-21.

 

Test Utah

In partnership with the companies of Silicon Slopes and Utah state leaders, TestUtah has provided testing for COVID to patients across the state.

 

Snowbird

After shutting down in mid-March, the resort was left with 10,000 pounds of food on-premises. In support of their Snowbird family, they donated the food to their 1,900 employees.

 

Utah Navajo Health System

Utah Navajo Health System has worked to provide resources, education, and healthcare to members of the Navajo Nation.

 

Utah Trucking Association

The Utah Trucking Association distributed 1,300 lunches to drivers passing through the Perry Port of Entry, and with support from Regence BlueCross BlueShield, provided a care package to 400 truck drivers.

 

Wendy Chase, MA, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology | Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Wendy Chase worked quickly to provide telehealth services for her clients, and directed the implementation of video communications to continue treating about 80 percent of its clients during the summer term and providing home programs and support for the other 20 percent.

 

Additional thanks to:

 

Craig Bielik

Marketing Director | Ogden Regional Medical Center

Craig Beilik has spent more than 30 years serving the city of Ogden as a committee member, volunteer, auctioneer, and more.

 

Division of Infectious Diseases

University of Utah Health

Infectious disease doctors Andy Pavia, Sankar Swaminathan, Carlos Gomez, Emily Spivak, and Daniel Leung have worked tirelessly to help mitigate the spread of the pandemic and prepare the University of Utah Health system.

 

Joyce Johnson, MSN, RN

Lead Nursing Faculty | Ameritech College of Healthcare

Having served as a nurse and midwife for over 35 years, Joyce Johnson has dedicated her career to the field of obstetrics and currently serves as part of the lead nursing faculty for Ameritech College of Healthcare.

 

Lindsay Bicknell is the project coordinator for Utah Business magazine. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Miami University of Oxford with a degree in communications. She has a background in television, print, and web media, as well as public relations and event planning. As a transplant to Salt Lake City, she can't get enough of the mountains and loves snowboarding.

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    Mary Brown

    Wow! Thank you to all of you who are helping to keep us safe. Much appreciated.

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    Beth

    Glad Emily Spivak got an Honorable Mention at the very least. How could you leave off Angela Dunn?! Bananas. State aside, that woman is amazing.

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    Jean Gear

    I want to thank Youngliving so much for their generous time and efforts with the firefighters and the first responders we were really having a difficult time with my family being in Utah and we are all the way here in New York City. Knowing that Youngliving was there to support them financially emotionally and giving them enough hand sanitizer that was not toxic and drying really helps because the firefighters use their hands all day long the last thing they need is to have discomfort in the middle of an epidemic when they are trying to help others #GodBlessYouYoungliving

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    rosie

    Thank you to all who are working to keep patients safe at the University of Utah and for those keeping essential functions running from home as well. Grateful to be with such an amazing team of individuals making a difference in Utah.

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