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RHAU Rural Provider of the Year 


2022 Awardee:  Dr. Jeffrey Brown, MD

Dr. Brown served as a rural family practitioner in Sevier, Wayne, and Piute counties for over 30 years. Practicing at Sevier Valley Hospital, Dr. Brown successfully delivered hundreds of babies in the Sevier Valley. He did so while overseeing the Emergency Medical Services in these counties, and his impact on these rural communities as a rural provider throughout his long career is profoundly deep. Dr. Brown recently retired, and now serves as an Area Medical Advisor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are pleased to recognize Dr. Jeffrey Brown for his tremendous impact as a rural Utah provider.



2021 Awardee: Senator Evan Vickers

Evan Vickers serves as the State Senator for Senate District 28; he currently serves as Senate Majority Leader. Before serving in the State Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives for four years. During his time in the legislature, he has been chair of both the
Health and Human Services Interim Committee and the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and he currently sits on the Executive Appropriations Committee. Sen. Vickers is a pharmacist and business owner with three family-owned and run pharmacies,
and two retail businesses, in Cedar City and Richfield. He earned his B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Utah in 1977. Evan and his wife Chris are the proud parents of five children, two of which followed in his footsteps to become pharmacists and work for the family business. They also are the adoring grandparents to 14 grandchildren.


2020 Awardee:  Garfield Memorial Hospital 

Normally, the Rural Provider of the Year award recognizes one provider who has gone above and beyond for those whom they serve. However, in 2020, RHAU recognized Garfield Memorial Hospital’s entire provider staff with a special “Community Action Award” in recognition of how the team went above and beyond when a bus went off the road and crashed near Bryce Canyon National Park on September 20, 2019. Garfield Memorial Hospital provided initial triage and treatment for the 30 passengers who were injured, and thanks to an experienced and capable emergency team, Garfield Memorial was able to provide care for these individuals and save lives. They are extremely deserving of this recognition.


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