Mark R. Stoddard, President and CEO of Rural Health Group and Central Valley Medical Center, located in Nephi, recently received the Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award, presented by Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented at the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference taking place at the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, honors those exemplifying individual excellence and extraordinary effort in improving the Utah healthcare environment. Stoddard was recognized for his contributions to improving the quality of rural healthcare in the state of Utah.
For more than 34 years, Stoddard has worked diligently to develop medical resources for the residents of the rural areas of Central Utah. Central Valley Medical Center (CVMC) began as a small, rural hospital owned by Juab County in the 1950’s. Since this time, Central Valley has grown and expanded to meet the needs of the citizens it serves. In 2001, construction of a 50,000-square foot facility was completed. In 2006, a 25,000-square foot construction project added patient rooms, a large same-day surgical center, education facilities and additional clinical and office space. Growth continued, and in 2011 Central Valley completed construction of a new surgical center within the hospital, increasing overall surgical space and suites specifically designed to accommodate orthopedic surgery.
Along with his passion for rural health, Stoddard has had a sincere desire to improve healthcare delivery in Utah and across all of America. He has been an active member of the Utah Hospital Association for many years, serving as Chair of the UHA Board of Trustees from 1992-1993. He received UHA’s Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award in 1998, and was recognized by Utah HOSPAC with the Most Valuable PAC Player award for his efforts in political affairs on behalf of hospitals in both 1999 and 2001. Mark also served as a trustee for Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Utah for 14 years, and was a Sutherland Institute Trustee from 1996 to 2002.
Stoddard is also involved in federal health policy, He is currently serving a second, three-year term on the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board. Stoddard is a past delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board and served on the AHA’s advisory board for small and rural hospitals. He has also testified to Congress on issues of concern to rural healthcare providers.
Along with his commitment to health issues, Mark is a strong voice for education in rural communities and has served an active role in establishing nursing education programs in rural Utah. His commitment to education earned him an appointment to the Utah System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents in 2011.
“With insight and enthusiasm for the future, Mark Stoddard has adapted to the changes which continue to occur in healthcare,” commented Greg Bell, President and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association. “He has worked diligently as an advocate for rural communities at local, state and national levels. His efforts with elected officials have heightened the awareness of the challenges facing both patients and providers in rural areas across Utah.”