McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Gala

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2013 Honorees

McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation honored two outstanding medical professionals and two extraordinary members of our community at the 2013 Gala.  This honorees were:

Robert Moesinger, M.D.
2013 McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Honoree

In 1965, Dr. Moesinger received his medical degree from George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1965-66, he served a straight-surgery internship at the George Washington University Hospitals after which he was drafted into the United States Army Medical Corps. He served one year with the First Infantry Division in Viet Nam where he was awarded The Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, and The Bronze Star Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster. His second year included an assignment to Sandia Base Armed Services Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following his military duty, he completed residency training at the University of Oregon Medical Center Hospitals. He was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in 1972, and in 1973, he was elected a Fellow by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.

In 1972, Dr. Moesinger and his family returned to their home in Ogden, Utah where his father, Dr. Gilbert Moesinger, was practicing general medicine. Since that time, Dr. Moesinger has practiced ENT- Head and Neck Surgery at Rocky Mountain Plaza. During this time, he has provided 41 years of continuous service as a general Otolaryngologist to members of approximately 35,000 families, and has provided medical care for children and grandchildren of parents he treated long ago. During his practice, including internship, two years in the United States Army, four years of residency, and private practice, he has been given the opportunity to witness the technology explosion of medical and surgical care across six decades.

During his medical career, Dr. Moesinger has served as the ENT section chief in the surgery department at McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional, and served on several committees at both hospitals. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Utah Society of Otolaryngology, Weber County Medical Society, Ogden Surgical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Collegium Aesculapium Foundation. For the last six years, Dr. Moesinger has been a weekly volunteer at LDS Church Missionary Health Services.

Dr. Moesinger and his wife, Suzanne, met in the Ogden High School debate class, and they have continued debating for over 50 years. They are the proud parents of five children and 12 grandchildren, all of whom reside in the Ogden area. Their son, Robert, a general and gastrointestinal surgeon, affiliated with Intermountain Health Care, continues the third generation of Moesinger medical care in the Ogden area.

Jack Wahlen, M.D.
2013 McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Honoree

Jack was born in Ogden, Utah in the old Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital. He attended Washington Jr. High where he was charmed by his future wife, Bonnie Russell. He graduated from Ogden High School and then Weber State College with a degree in chemistry. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Utah. During medical school he received many prestigious awards. He developed and published the first method for measuring a steroid hormone by radioimmunoassay that was used widely across the country for the next 30 years. He completed Internship and Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern, and an Endocrine Fellowship at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Wahlen opened a private practice in Ogden in 1979. He has served as Chairman of Medicine at McKay-Dee and St. Benedicts (now Ogden Regional) and held many positions at several Utah Hospitals. He served on the Board of Directors of Intermountain Healthcare Physician Division and was one of the 11 founding members of Physicians Health Plan of Utah serving as Chairman for several years. He has either organized or served as President of many organizations such as the Ogden Medical Surgical Society, Endocrine Society, and American Diabetes Association. He served as lead physician on Intermountain Healthcare’s Diabetes Care process model for 11 years. Jack has been heavily involved in research for more than 35 years, has been a principal investigator on over 80 studies and has published four scholarly articles. He has received many awards and recognitions from a variety of associations in the area of research. Jack has given over 1,000 educational presentations across the Western States and has given annual educational sessions to the medical technology students at Weber State University for over 30 years.

Jack has always had an interest in woodworking, cars and building projects and has won many awards. Jack took his first pottery class in 1969, and he and Bonnie have continued to take pottery classes every few years. He recently built a shop for woodworking and pottery in preparation for retirement.

Jack and Bonnie have three children of whom they are very proud. Russ is a chiropractor and owner of Utah Pain & Rehab. Son, Curt, and daughter, Jennifer, have Wahlen Family Dentistry in Perry, Utah. He also loves his seven grandchildren and their accomplishments. He has been teaching the grandchildren how to do pottery and woodworking. The entire family has enjoyed many trips together.
Jay & DeeAnn Nye
2013 McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Honorees

Jay and Dee Ann Nye have a long history of philanthropy in northern Utah. They have been supportive of the McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation and McKay-Dee Hospital for over 30 years. Coming from philanthropic roots, starting with Annie Taylor Dee, and down through Dee Ann’s grandmother, Edith Dee Green, Dee Ann has helped carry on the Dee legacy. Jay is a trustee of the Ralph Nye Charitable Foundation and also supports the Ogden community on behalf of his family.

The first Jaynie Nye Memorial took place in 1981, one year after their daughter, Jaynie, passed away from cancer at the young age of 15. Many wonderful fundraising events and holiday concerts have taken place in Jaynie’s name, and her legacy lives on in all of the people who have been helped.

Jay and Dee Ann have been members of the Ogden community their entire lives. Dee Ann was a ballroom dance instructor in Ogden and began teaching dance when she was 18. Jay grew up and worked for the respected family business, Fred M. Nye Clothing Store. Dee Ann and Jay met when he signed up to take dance lessons from her. The rest is history as they say. At the time of their marriage, Dee Ann had four children, Sherrie, JoDee, Christen and Scott who died in 1975 from a fall while mountain climbing with friends. Jay and Dee Ann added two additional children to their family, Jaynie, and J.C. Scott Nye. They raised their family together and all have been instrumental in helping the Hospital provide the best possible healthcare for family, friends and anyone in need.

Jay has a love of cars and restored and won trophies for his 1940’s Ford. Jay and Dee Ann have 7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Dee Ann and Jay spent many wonderful times taking trips to France, England, Greece, Florida, a family cabin in Idaho and Hawaii. They especially enjoyed Hawaii because of the plentiful rainbows there. Jaynie loved them because they gave her hope that blue skies would be coming soon.

Past Honorees

2012 McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Honorees
Richard L. Alder, M.D.
Lyle H. Archibald, M.D.

2011 McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation Honoree
Vincent Hansen, MD

McKay-Dee Foundation Gala  |  Thursday, October 2, 2014  |  5:30pm  |  Ogden Eccles Conference Center