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Mark Meadows: Enjoying the Journey

Rebecca Palmer

July 1, 2012

Mark Meadows was always bound for medicine—he started his career as an ambulance attendant just after graduating high school. Almost 30 years later, Meadows’ role has shifted from bedside care to business, but helping patients is still his primary concern. In April, Meadows was appointed CEO of the growing Lone Peak Hospital in Draper.

A 58-year-old Utah native, Meadows compares his career path to hiking the Wasatch Range. Rather than climbing single-mindedly to one lofty peak, Meadows has traveled with the spirit of an explorer. For him, reaching the top of each ridgeline has revealed ever-higher peaks in the distance. Persistence, fairness and compassion are the modes of travel.

The highest peak yet for Meadows has been the development of Lone Peak Hospital at 11800 S. State Street. It opened in 2008 as a satellite emergency department to St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

This spring, construction crews broke ground on a 30-bed expansion to the Draper hospital that will add a maternity ward, surgical rooms and diagnostic unit. Meadows acted as VP of development at St. Mark’s Hospital during the planning of the Lone Peak facility.

In addition to guiding future development and managing hospital operations, Meadows hopes to create a caring institutional culture in his new role. “To me, a hospital is a living, breathing thing that changes every day because you deal with such a myriad of responsibilities,” he explains.

Soon after high school, Meadows moved up from his emergency medical technician job to become a hospital orderly. Next, he studied nursing and launched a 22-year military career that included multiple Desert Storm deployments. He later explored business development and hospital administration while earning a pair of master’s degrees from Webster University and Brigham Young University.

“I’ve always struggled with individuals or folks who only have business perspective of healthcare—that’s their only focus—without ever having experienced what it’s like to be a patient or take care of patients,” he says. “It’s just worked out really well for me in my career, being able to relate.”

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