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Alex Stuckey

Health care reporter, Health, education and environment

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  • (File photo | Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mary Beckerle, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, at the cancer center.  Lawmakers have approved at least $6.2 million in new money for the institue, funds that officials say will help expand research. University of Utah will hire independent auditor to examine funding, work of Huntsman Cancer Institute
    The University of Utah is hiring an independent auditor to analyze all funding sent to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and how that money is being used ...
    Updated May 11 2017 09:38 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing, left, and chairman of the board David Burton speak with the media following a board of trustees closed executive session meeting over the recent firing of Dr. Mary Beckerle, the CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A decision on her possible reinstatement is expected later in the day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Huntsman Cancer Institute backers want more control over U.’s cancer revenues, care, hiring
    Weeks before a divisive controversy over the Huntsman Cancer Institute erupted in April, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation sought more revenue from the U...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing announces A. Lorris Betz as the interim U. Health Care CEO during a meeting at the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health and Sciences Building on Monday, May 1, 2017. Pershing also addressed plans for finding a replacement for former Health Care CEO, Vivian Lee. University of Utah president stepping down; successor will pick permanent Health Sciences V.P.
    University of Utah President David Pershing announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his post, with the search for his replacement to start...
    Updated May 01 2017 11:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Photo courtesy of University of Utah Health  A. Lorris Betz U. Health Care interim CEO likely to ‘quiet the waters’ after Lee’s resignation
    A. Lorris Betz, who hired University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee when he left that post, now will fill her shoes as the university searches for...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Vivian Lee, dean of the University of Utah Medical School, greets students for Match Day in 2013. The medical students tore open their long-awaited match envelopes to find out where they will live and work for the next few years while completing their residencies. The 21 women and 52 men are headed to 24 states, pursuing 17 specialities, Lee announced at the morning ceremony. U. Health Care CEO Vivian Lee resigns after cancer institute controversy
    University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee has resigned from her post after weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institut...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (File photo | Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the Huntsman family joined University of Utah President David Pershing, Health Sciences Senior Vice President Vivian Lee and Huntsman Cancer Institute Director Mary Beckerle in June 2014 to break ground on the institute’s new wing, the Primary Children’s and Families Cancer Research Center, now slated to open in June. Earlier this month, the Huntsmans clashed with Pershing and Lee after Lee fired Beckerle, who Pershing has since reinstated. Left to right, Karen Huntsman, Jon Huntsman Sr., David Huntsman, Pershing, Lee and Beckerle. Rift at University of Utah poses a new challenge for controversial health reformer Vivian Lee
    Edward Ashwood had led ARUP Laboratories for about two years, he said, when Vivian Lee approached him in 2011 to propose a new approach for the nonpro...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing speaks with the media following a board of trustees closed executive session meeting over the recent firing of Dr. Mary Beckerle, the CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A decision on her possible reinstatement is expected later in the day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. In major reversal, U. reinstates fired Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO
    Mary Beckerle was reinstated Tuesday to her position as director and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, under a new chain of command that has her r...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty make signs prior to their protest march from the HCI to President’s Circle to deliver their petition to University of Utah President David Pershing’s office, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Rift widens over Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO’s firing
    Two days after University of Utah officials abruptly fired the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO, the institute continued to reel from a widening rift b...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Karen Huntsman, left, joins Mary Beckerle, acclaimed researcher at Hunstman Cancer Institute after she was unexpectedly fired from her post as CEO and director of the Institute. In an email sent Monday afternoon, Vivian Lee, senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Utah announced the departure with no reason given. Huntsman says University of Utah ‘power grab’ is behind firing of acclaimed researcher from cancer institute top post
    Top Utah cancer researcher Mary Beckerle said she was going about her Monday activities when she opened an afternoon email from University of Utah Pre...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Dr. Lindsay Orchowski speaks at Brigham Young University’s Spencer W. Kimball Tower during an event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month Friday, April 14, 2017. Speak up and stand up for one another to prevent sexual assault, researcher says at BYU lecture
    Provo • Lindsay Orchowski likens sexual-assault prevention on college campuses to digging at a mountain with spoons. “We all want that mountain to fa...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 11:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • More than a third of Utahns know someone who died by suicide, 42 percent know someone who tried, poll shows
    Nothing could have prepared Aaron Burgin for the news of his brother’s suicide nor the emotions it brought. People offered well-intended advice and c...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Celeste and Dennis Cecchini’s son Tennyson was 33 when he became addicted to opioids after a sports injury. That addiction turned to heroin. As the addiction took over, he lost his job and ended up living with his parents. He tried outpatient treatment but it didn’t work. His parents then put him in inpatient treatment. He was there for 60 days, but four days after he was released, Tennyson was dead, leaving behind an eight-year-old son. Poll: Many Utahns know people who seek treatment for opioid addiction, but barriers remain
    When Dennis Cecchini drove his grandson, Kayson, to Ogden about a week ago, the 10-year-old knew to look west on Interstate 15. A billboard with a you...
    Updated Apr 02 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Torrey Green’s leans to his defense attorney, Skye Lazaro after Judge Brian Cannell’s ruling to hear closing arguments on Wednesday, April 19. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. (Matt Halton/Utah Statesman) ‘I kept saying no’ — seventh alleged sexual assault victim testifies against former USU student Torrey Green
    Logan • While Debbie sobbed on the bathroom floor at a November 2015 party in Logan, a Utah State University football player held the door closed as T...
    Updated Apr 01 2017 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans toward his defense attorney, Skye Lazaro, in the 1st District Court on Thursday Û the second day of a three-day preliminary hearing. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. (Tim Carpenter/Utah Statesman) Accused former USU student Torrey Green texted ‘they said i raped them yes i did’ to friend
    In July 2016, former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green sent a text to a female friend. “they said i raped them yes i did its my fault im ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 07:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Sydney Oliver  |  Pool Photo  Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans over to his attorneys, Rhiannon Mann and Skye Lazaro in the court on Wednesday. First District Judge Brian Cannell halted the hearing to consult with presiding Judge Thomas Willmore. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. Latest in Torrey Green preliminary hearing on rape charges: Friend of alleged victim said she told him about assault and seemed ‘depressed...damaged’
    Logan • Thursday was the second day of the preliminary hearing for former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green, 23, who has been charged in s...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Sydney Oliver  |  Pool Photo  Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans over to his attorneys, Rhiannon Mann and Skye Lazaro in the court on Wednesday. First District Judge Brian Cannell halted the hearing to consult with presiding Judge Thomas Willmore. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. ‘I was scared’ — Three women describe alleged sexual assaults by former Utah State University student
    Logan • When she learned that several women had accused former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green of sexual assault, L.P. knew she had to r...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Sydney Oliver  |  Pool Photo  Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans over to his attorneys, Rhiannon Mann and Skye Lazaro in the court on Wednesday. First District Judge Brian Cannell halted the hearing to consult with presiding Judge Thomas Willmore. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. Latest from Torrey Green preliminary hearing on rape charges: Alleged sex assault victim promised herself to tell police if other women came forward
    A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday through Friday for former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green, 23, who has been charged in seve...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 09:11 am   |     |   Share
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  • Sydney Oliver  |  Pool Photo  Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans over to his attorneys, Rhiannon Mann and Skye Lazaro in the court on Wednesday. First District Judge Brian Cannell halted the hearing to consult with presiding Judge Thomas Willmore. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. Latest in Torrey Green preliminary hearing on rape charges: After hearing 7 alleged victims testify, judge will hear arguments from lawyers about advancing cases to trial
    Logan • Friday is the third and last day scheduled for the preliminary hearing for former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green, 23, who has b...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU students Jared Bruton, Brooke Reynolds and Dan Cisco, from left, created a new way to provide babies with sleep apnea oxygen so that they don’t get breathing tubes wrapped around their neck. They entered their project in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and are up for $100K in cash and prizes next month. Medical tech, ‘hip’ fanny pack designs among ideas vying for $100K in college entrepreneur challenge
    Jarred awake by their infant daughter’s oxygen alarm, the couple raced into her bedroom to find the plastic tubing connected to the tank wrapped tight...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
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