A special evening

Join us as on Thursday, March 30 at the Little America Hotel as we recognize eminent leaders in Utah for their contributions to health care, and for their contributions to the well-being of mankind.

Proceeds from Legacy of Life will be used to advance cardiovascular and pulmonary health, not only in Utah, but around the world.

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2017 Legacy of Life Honorees

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Pamela J. Atkinson - Legacy of Life Honoree

Pamela J. Atkinson received her basic education in England, then received a BSc from the University of California, and an MA from the University of Washington. Pamela has held a variety of healthcare positions; in her last position she served as vice president of Mission Services at Intermountain Healthcare.

Pamela works directly with homeless families and individuals, refugees, and low income community members, and collaborates with a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations as well as agencies that serve these populations. She helps people find opportunities to volunteer in a variety of settings, collecting bedding, clothing, food, and other essentials for families who are transitioning from homelessness to having homes of their own.

Additionally, Pamela likes to work with women who are single parents trying to get off welfare. Pamela advocates for children wherever and whenever there is a need. Pamela believes – through collaboration with the community, schools, and clinics – preventive and primary healthcare can be delivered to families in need.

Pamela was appointed to the State Board of Regents for 10 years. She has also served on the State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board. She now serves on the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, Envision Utah, Utah Coalition Against Pornography, and the Refugee Services Advisory Board. Pamela also works with Gov. Herbert as an advisor on policy, planning, and strategy. She works with legislators regarding funding and public policy.

Pamela believes there must be private and public partnerships in order to prevent and solve many societal problems. Throughout the year, she advocates at the Utah Legislature for a variety of issues and feels that most people are willing to give of their time and skills when opportunities to serve are presented. Pamela has a strong belief that education is the way out of poverty and that mentoring children and their parents helps prevent intergenerational poverty.

Additionally, Pamela strongly believes that we should never underestimate the powerful impact on people from even a small amount of giving and caring.

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Kent W. Jones, MD - Scientific Honoree Award

Dr. Kent Jones is a cardiovascular surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center and was previously chairman of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery for Intermountain Healthcare and Intermountain Medical Center. He is a clinical professor of Surgery at the University of Utah Medical Center.

Dr. Jones was born at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Highland High School and attended the University of Utah on a baseball scholarship. His goal in life, since the age of seven, was to play major league baseball. He finally realized this was not going to happen and he had to find a job. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and was accepted at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. Ten days after beginning dental school, Dr. Jones realized he had made a big mistake. He then applied to medical school and was the last person in his class to be accepted at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Jones returned to Salt Lake City, was accepted into Alpha Omega Alpha after his junior year in medical school, and in 1969 received the Dean’s Award at graduation. He did his internship and first year of residency in general and thoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center under the directorship of thoracic surgeon David Sabiston, MD.

He served two years as a clinical associate at the Heart and Lung Institute of the National Institutes of Health with Dr. Andrew Morrow before returning to Duke to complete his residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1977.

Following completion of his residency, Dr. Jones was appointed chairman of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah Medical Center, and became a partner with Drs. Russell Nelson and Conrad Jenson at LDS Hospital. He left the University in 1980, working full time at LDS Hospital until the program was moved to Intermountain Medical Center in 2007.

Dr. Jones was chairman of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery for Intermountain Healthcare, holding that same position at LDS Hospital and at Intermountain Medical Center, from 1994 to 2015. Though his first love is clinical cardiac surgery, he has maintained a strong interest in clinical research, especially in valvular heart disease and cardiac transplantation. Dr. Jones performed the first heart transplant at LDS Hospital and the second in the Intermountain West in 1985.

He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, the most recent being those involved with transcatheter aortic valve replacement. He is the author or co-author of over 50 publications in peer review journals as well as in cardiac surgery textbooks. He has been active in regional and national cardiovascular surgery groups, serving as chairman of the Program Committee, secretary and president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and the program committee for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is past president of the Intermountain Thoracic Society and the Utah Heart Association.

Dr. Jones’ other interests revolve around family, his wife Cappey, his eight children, his grandchildren, and sports. He was a founding member of the Crimson Club Board of Directors at the University of Utah and was the second president of that board.

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Stephanie Horne Clark - Gold Caduceus Award

Stephanie Horne Clark is director of Private Banking at Zions Bank, a position she has held since 2014. She is responsible for managing 47 bankers across Utah and Idaho who provide concierge-style service to high-net-worth clients. Her Private Banking team focuses the coordination of estate planning, investments, succession planning, business and personal banking, including commercial lending, mortgage lending, revolving lines of credit, and home equity loans.

Stephanie Horne Clark has 24 years of banking experience. She joined Zions Bank in 1997 at the age of 24 as a vice president and team lead and Executive Banking relationship manager. Prior to joining Zions Bank, she worked for First Interstate Bank/Wells Fargo Bank as a customer service manager and premier banking officer.

Dedicated to continually expanding her knowledge, she completed several banking courses in financial accounting, commercial lending, and tax analysis, and attended Westminster and graduated from Stanford Business Executive Leadership program.

Along her career path, she has always positioned herself as a leader by example, through formal mentoring of other employees and through training of Executive Banking and Private Banking relationship managers. She has been involved with the bank’s formal Officer Development Program and Mentor Program. She has also helped advance women throughout the organization through serving on the steering committee for the Zions Bank Women’s Business Forum.

As a native Utahn, Stephanie Horne Clark believes in giving back to the community where she was raised—where she can today help make a difference in people’s lives. Since 2008, she has been a member of Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation's executive board and on the board of trustees of AMICUS, where she previously was president. She also chairs the board for Research and Education for LDS Hospital.

She also serves as a member of the Utah Food Bank’s board of directors, as a CUAC board member (assisting contemporary arts), is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle, and chaired Zions Bank’s United Way giving campaign.

She also served as a committee member for the American Cancer Foundation and a board member of Go Red.

In 2011, Stephanie Horne Clark was named among Utah Business magazine’s “40 Under 40.” She has been listed among Zions Bank’s “Top Women’s Banking Team” in American Banker magazine for several years.

She enjoys spending time with her family. She has recently enjoyed traveling internationally with her husband, Jordan, and intends to embark on future global adventures.