October 1, 2011

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Healthcare Heroes

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Dianne Lewis, Heather Stewart

October 1, 2011

Straube is reclaiming the activities that she once loved and, whether it’s hiking the Alps or running 5K races, she uses every opportunity to let others know that atrial fibrillation is a dangerous illness, but it can be cured.

John K. Jones

  • Safety Officer, St. Mark’s Hospital

As safety office for St. Mark’s Hospital, John Jones ensures that caregivers and support staff at the hospital are prepared to continue giving care during disasters and emergencies. But Jones has set his sights beyond the hospital, devoting his expertise to helping many organizations prepare and train for emergency situations.

“I work in conjunction with multiple agencies to perform disaster drills and emergency preparedness planning. The planning and drills have included our local elementary school, senior citizens in our community and the special needs population,” says Jones. “I also volunteer my services by teaching emergency medical response to approximately 120 coal mine workers each year.”

During the latest statewide disaster drill, Jones organized a public information officer (PIO) exercise to help local PIOs gain practice in a Joint Information Center and begin building collaborations to help each other better communicate to the public during disasters.

Jones is co-chair of the Utah Disaster Advisory Council and represents St. Mark’s Hospital on numerous state and local committees.


Teresa Beck

  • Trustee, Intermountain Healthcare

Teresa Beck became a volunteer trustee for Intermountain Healthcare in 1999 and has served the community in that capacity for nearly 13 years. She is currently a member of the executive committee, chair of the audit committee, and member of the compensation and finance committees.

Beck has been a strong voice for positive growth and change at Intermountain Healthcare, guiding the organization as it financed, built and renovated several facilities, invested in the latest information technology, and focused on clinical standards and guidelines. “It is always satisfying hearing about how Intermountain is doing a better job meeting the needs of our patients by leading the nation in clinical quality standards and practices. Intermountain is saving lives in our communities by implementing these high standards of care,” she says.

Beck’s contributions have helped strengthen the entire healthcare industry in the state. She supported Intermountain’s participation in Utah’s Clinical Health Information Exchange, the state’s response to the H1N1 pandemic, transparency measures and many other community initiatives.

Charlene Riddle

  • Volunteer, Ogden Regional Medical Center

Nearly two decades ago, Charlene Riddle began volunteering in the pediatric recovery room at the Ogden Regional Medical Center. “I liked rocking the little ones after their procedures,” she says. “After putting a warm blanket on a lovely little lady, she asked me to stay with her and hold her hand.”

Riddle’s compassion and intuition have led to many different volunteer roles over the years. She has donated more than 9,500 service hours in several departments throughout the hospital. She has also donated a stunning 54 gallons of live-saving blood platelets.

Currently, she coordinates the hospital’s employee recognition program; assists in planning health screenings, fairs, exercise classes and other events; and manages educational booths during employer and community events.

“If someone asked about volunteering, I would tell them to give healthcare a try. If you can help with something that makes their experience at the hospital easier and not so frightening, you feel that you have made a difference,” says Riddle.

Dr. George Durham

  • Pediatrician, Bryner Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare; Co-Attending Physician, Down Syndrome Clinic, Primary Children’s Medical Center; Clinical Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine

Throughout his career, Dr. George Durham has been passionate about helping children—especially those with special needs. In 1996, he co-founded a Down syndrome clinic at Primary Children’s Medical Center. At the monthly clinic, Durham, a nurse consultant and a child life specialist meet with children with Down syndrome and their families. Through his work at the clinic, Durham is also able to educate pediatricians in the community about advances in treatments for the syndrome.

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