Family Healthcare recognizes 2019 ‘Hero of the Year’ and outstanding partners at 2nd annual breakfast

L-R: Kristi Osmond, Lori Wright and Justin Osmond, date unspecified, St. George News.

ST. GEORGE —The Snow Canyon High School Jazz Band greeted the guests and Kristi and Justin Osmond inspired at Family Healthcare’s 2nd annual breakfast at the Dixie Center.

L-R: Kristi Osmond, Lori Wright and Justin Osmond, date unspecified, St. George News.

The award-winning jazz band, under the direction of Terry Moore, entertained the crowd and met old friends and work colleagues.

Inspirational speakers, Kristi and Justin Osmond, spoke on their own challenges and obstacles and how they overcame them.

Kristi Osmond is currently the COO of the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, a non-profit organization that helps children with a hearing loss. Together she and Justin are co-editors of the St. George Health and Wellness Magazine.

Justin Osmond, after being told by doctors, teachers and professionals that he would never play a musical instrument, went on to play the violin, viola, piano and drums. He has received numerous awards such as the prestigious Sterling scholarship in music.

In his recently published book “Hearing with my Heart”, he shares his story with the world with a goal to help everyone understand their own individual struggles and how to overcome them. He lives every day by his personal motto: “I may have a hearing loss, but that hearing loss does not have me.”

Family Healthcare CEO, Lori Wright, recognized and awarded Southwest Behavioral Health’s Michael Cain, “Hero of the Year.”

Cain received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University in 1983. He has been a Behavioral Health clinician or clinical manager since then, first in the Wyoming Mental Health system and then in Utah; 20 years for Intermountain Healthcare, four years for Davis Behavioral Health and 11 years as Clinical Director for Southwest Behavioral Health Center. He is the recipient of the Utah 2015 Treatment Award. Mike is a Certified Peer Specialist and is honored to be a peer with those battling addiction and mental illness.

The 2019 Partner Award was the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program at Dixie State University is one of the longest continuously accredited programs in the United States. The program is now approaching its 50th anniversary and has been consistently ranked in the top 10 PA programs in the country over the past 10 years. Richard Bennett, Associate Program Director/Associate Professor accepted the award.

Bennett oversees the community outreach and partners with community leaders to develop innovative solutions for expanding the possibilities of health in southern Utah. Bennett’s goal is to train the best and brightest students to provide high quality and compassionate care for all of southern Utah.

At its core, the Physician Assistant Program aims to be a leader in PA education by providing innovative and equitable academic and clinical environments to inspire graduates to fulfill our mission which is to improve the quality of health and access to care, with a commitment to the medically underserved, by educating students to become highly proficient, socially conscious and accountable physician assistants (PAs) in the primary care model.

Emcee Del Beatty, Assistant VP and Dean of Students at DSU and Family Healthcare board member closed the program.

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