The Staff Innovator Award was given to Rick Simmons, IT System Engineer. Rick was completely shocked when Dr. David Park called his name: he continued sitting for a moment until he realized he had been called, then headed to the stage to collect his award. Rick was recognized for his innovation around campus, with improvements to the phones, computers, network, his development of the iNet, and much more. Rick is constantly seeking new ways to improve the processes at RVU and to make the campus run more efficiently.
The Faculty Innovator Award was given to Ben Wilde, DO, Vice Chair and Assistant Professor of Primary Care and OPP, for his innovative ways of teaching Principles of Clinical Medicine and for working with Standardized Patients. He advises to student clubs (SOMA and ACOFP), teaches in the OPP lab, and juggles clinical care activities at the Southern Utah Veterans Home and Doctors Volunteer Clinic. Additionally, he recently submitted a manuscript fora book chapter on immunizations.
Rick and Dr. Wilde are just a couple of the amazing faculty and staff who make RVU a better place. Congratulations!