Hundreds gave Intermountain trustee Pamela Atkinson a rousing ovation as she was presented with the Legacy of Life award from the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation at a fundraising event in March.

The annual Legacy of Life Award and banquet “recognizes eminent leaders with Utah ties for their contributions to the well-being of mankind.” More than $140,000 was raised from the event, which will be used to advance cardiovascular and pulmonary health worldwide.

Atkinson, originally from England, previously served as Vice President of Mission Services at Intermountain Healthcare. She currently serves in various capacities with the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee, the Refugee Advisory Board, and the Utah Coalition Against Pornography.

Others honored at the event were Kent Jones, MD, and Stephanie Horne Clark.

Dr. Jones a cardiovascular surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center, received the 2017 scientific Legacy of Life award. Dr. Jones completed the second heart transplant ever in the Intermountain West in 1985—the first ever at LDS Hospital. He served as chair of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery for Intermountain Healthcare, LDS Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center. He is also a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Utah and previously served as chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery for Intermountain Healthcare.

Clark, director of private banking at Zions Bank, was honored at the same banquet with the Gold Caduceus Award. Clark’s video tribute described her as a visionary who has pioneered several groundbreaking projects for Zions Bank and the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation, where she serves on the executive board. Among those initiatives, Stephanie has led the creation of housing for Bone Marrow Transplant patients and behavioral health projects that benefit Intermountain Healthcare.

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