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Alex Stuckey

Health care reporter, Health, education and environment

801-257-8723, astuckey@sltrib.com


  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Erin Clark, an obstetrics/gynecology specialist at the University of Utah, talks with Shawna Richardson, Eagle Mountain, at the University of Utah Daybreak Health Center, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. A new study indicates Salt Lake City may be facing a shortage of OB-GYN physicians. Despite high birthrates, Salt Lake City could be facing OB-GYN shortage, study says
    On a frigid Minnesota morning more than a decade ago, Erin Clark got a call that would determine the trajectory of her medical career. A family had ag...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share

  • (File photo  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Westminster College students sign pledges to believe and support friends who have been sexually assaulted during Start by Believing Week in September 2016. The college has twice surveyed students about the prevalence of sexual assault and related issues, but it is not releasing its results. Too few students replied last year, and this year, the respondents did not reflect the diversity on campus, the school said. Utah’s Westminster College wants to know students’ thoughts on sex assault — but it’s not getting many answers
    For the second year in a row, Westminster College will not publish the results of a campus survey about sexual assault — even as the federal governmen...
    Updated Jul 16 2017 11:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • Chris Caldwell  |  The Spectrum & Daily News  Representatives involved in the planning and building of Rocky Vista University, and members of the local community, gather to commemorate the opening of the new facility in Ivins, Utah Friday, July 14, 2017. New Utah medical school opens in Ivins, doubling state’s ability to train new doctors
    Ivins • For Bradley Cook, the opening Friday of Utah’s second medical school — which will double the number of future doctors that can train here each...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  | Tribune file photo)   Huntsman Cancer Institute founder Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and his wife, Karen Huntsman, celebrate the opening of the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center in June.  Huntsman, a cancer survivor, on Thursday endorsed legalizing medical uses of marijuana. Jon Huntsman Sr., four-time cancer survivor, says he’d ‘love to’ try medical marijuana
    Four-time cancer survivor and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. said Wednesday he would try medical marijuana if given the chance. In a televised inter...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 11:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Nate Checketts, Deputy Director Utah Deparment of Health, speaks during a state Health Department public meeting at the Cannon Health Building Thursday, June 22, 2017. Inconvenient location, meeting times hamper public input on Utah’s Medicaid expansion plans, health experts say
    Before Micah Vorwaller headed to a meeting Monday on the state’s Medicaid expansion proposal, he picked up a woman who couldn’t get there without him....
    Updated Jul 10 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Susan Stetich is 45 and has multiple sclerosis. When the Affordable Care Act passed, lifting restrictions on pre-existing medical conditions, she was able to get  affordable health care. But if she loses insurance under the Senate Republican health care bill, she will be forced to forgo medications costing nearly $50,000 a year, leaving her vulnerable to devastating MS attacks. Stetich is shown here at her home in North Salt Lake with two of her children, Josee and Marco Stetich, Thursday July 6, 2017. Utah would have 72 percent more uninsured under Senate Republican health care bill, compared to Obamacare, study finds
    Susan Stetich is 45, energetic and commands attention when she enters a room. The North Salt Lake mother of three teenagers runs her kids all over tow...
    Updated Jul 09 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Advocates for affordable health care rally against the Better Care Reconciliation Act outside of the Wallace Bennett Federal Building Thursday, July 6, 2017. Health bill opponents stage peaceful sit-in at federal offices in Salt Lake City
    About 60 Utahns spent Thursday sitting, standing and milling in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City to protest...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 07:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Advocates for affordable health care wait to speak with staff members of Utah Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, outside of the Wallace Bennett Federal Building Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Fearing financial havoc from lost medical coverage, residents press Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee to oppose Republican health care bill
    When the Rev. Scott Dalgarno looks out at members of his Wasatch Presbyterian Church congregation on Sundays, his mind goes to what will happen to the...
    Updated Jul 05 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  | Tribune file photo)    Medical-grade marijuana being grown at the Realm of Caring facility in Colorado on October 25, 2014. A legal medical marijuana dispensary may open in West Wendover, Nev., but Utah doctors will not be allowed to issue marijuana prescriptions that could be filled there. Medical marijuana dispensary may open in West Wendover — but your Utah doctor can’t write you a prescription
    A medical marijuana dispensary may open less than two hours from Salt Lake City, but health experts say Utah doctors will not be able to write prescri...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    SR 20 Cirrus plane used in the Southern Utah University Flight School, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.   Utah flight programs increase fleets, partner with airlines to meet ‘insatiable’ demand for pilots
    Bracing for a potential surge of aviation students, Southern Utah University this year spent about $3.8 million on 10 new Cirrus airplanes. Utah Stat...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 11:07 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Ground is ceremoniously broken for the University of Utah’s new Ambulatory Care Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 30, 2017. Construction begins on first of three buildings to replace U. Med School
    The University of Utah broke ground Friday on a new, state-of-the-art complex for outpatient care — just the beginning of a $424 million project to re...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 09:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • While other states face gaps, Obamacare marketplace expected to offer insurance in every Utah county in 2018
    University of Utah Health Plans intends to sell insurance on the Obamacare online marketplace in all 29 counties in 2018, giving all Utahns the option...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Jud Burkett  |  For The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Dixie State University student Victoria Willard standing across the street from campus Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Dixie State becomes fourth Utah school under federal investigation for sexual misconduct allegations
    The federal government is investigating Dixie State University for allegedly mishandling a sexual harassment dispute with graduate Victoria Willard — ...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 10:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Protesters participate in a rally against the Senate GOP health care bill outside the Wallace Bennett Federal Building on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. ‘Sen. Hatch, Don’t Kill Us’ — Health care fight reaches the streets as protesters block traffic in downtown Salt Lake
    Bonnie Mitchell rolled her wheelchair into the middle of 100 South on Tuesday, waving multiple American stick flags as she charged a Subaru driver bla...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 07:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • In expanding Medicaid, Utah wants to make some enrollees work and cap their lifetime coverage
    Utah health officials are proposing lifetime limits and work requirements for childless adults who would gain coverage under a Medicaid expansion plan...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 12:31 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing emerges from a board of trustees closed executive session following discussions 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. Finding new University of Utah president could take up to a year, state’s top higher-education official says
    Higher Education Commissioner Dave Buhler said he doesn’t believe the recent upheaval at the University of Utah will deter people from applying to be ...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Jud Burkett  |  For The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Dixie State University student Victoria Willard standing across the street from campus Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Former Dixie State student says school mishandled her report of harassment, discrimination
    Former student Victoria Willard says faculty members in Dixie State University’s art department made sexual comments to her and in class that made her...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 10:09 pm   |     |   Share