The Utah Hospital Association has recognized four Utahns for their contributions to the health-care industry.
Scott S. Parker, president of Intermountain Health Care, Inc., is recipient of the Distinguished Service to Health Care Award. The American College of Health Care Executives presented the award at the UHA's recent award luncheon.In addition to leading Utah's largest multi-hospital association, Parker is a founder of the Associated Hospital Systems, now known as the American Healthcare System. He also founded the Multihospital Mutual Insurance. He is a member of the Hospital Research and Development Institute, has served as board chairman to the American Hospital Association, and is currently a member of the International Hospital Federation board.
Edna Eckhardt, a volunteer at McKay-Dee Hospital for the past 20 years, was presented with the Auxilian of the Year Award by the Utah Association of Hospital Auxilians. Eckhardt, 80, has donated 11,050 hours of service to the Ogden hospital. Although she is partially blind, she still volunteers at least three days each week.
Arthur S. Anderson, Primary Children's Medical Center chairman of the board, was given the Trustee of the Year Award by the UHA Trustee Advisory Council. He has been involved as a volunteer for the medical center for the past 15 years. He played a key role in the mutual negotiations between Primary and the University Hospital, and in the planning of the new children's center.
Lucille Shoell, a nurse at Veterans Administration Medical Center, was given the Hospital Nurse of the Year Award by the Utah Nurses Association. Scoell has worked extensively in infection control and AIDS. She has given direct patient care in clinical settings as well as being a staff educator and issue leader in expanding needed services.