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Huntsman Oncologist Receives Outstanding Clinical Leadership Award

Huntsman Oncologist Receives Outstanding Clinical Leadership Award

University of Utah Health recently presented Dr. John Ward with the Outstanding Clinical Leadership award. An oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute at University of Utah, Dr. Ward has provided cancer services at St. John’s Medical Center for over fifteen years.

Dr. Ward was honored at University of Utah Health’s Annual Regional Network Symposium for his commitment to delivering high-quality cancer care to patients in the Jackson community. He was one of three outstanding physicians to receive the award.

On the front lines of cancer care and research for decades, Dr. Ward treats patients with a variety of malignant diseases. He’s also been at the leading edge of cancer research, heading clinical trials and developing clinical guidelines for the best practices in cancer care.

St. John’s Medical Center CEO Dr. Paul Beaupré said, “Dr. Ward brings the highest standard of cancer expertise to residents of Jackson and the surrounding areas, allowing cancer patients and their families to stay close to home for treatment.”

One patient’s husband expressed his gratitude in a hand-written letter to Dr. Ward, “You were the voice of experience and realistic hope in our frightening journey with cancer. You explained that most of the treatment could be accomplished at home and at St. John's. That meant so much to us both.”

Dr. Ward continues to travel to Jackson twice a month offering a variety of cancer services at St. John’s Medical Center. Between trips, Dr. Ward utilizes the breadth of knowledge and resources at Huntsman Cancer Institute to ensure patients receive the best care possible.

Ben Tanner, Executive Director of the cancer hospital at Huntsman Cancer Institute, said, “Outstanding physicians, like Dr. Ward, make it possible to provide care locally, which makes the world of difference while they are going through an already difficult time.”


Media contacts:
Suzanne Young, Marketing Manager, University of Utah Health, (801) 661-4609,
Karen Connelly, Chief Marketing Officer, St. John’s Medical Center, 307.739.7380,

St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.

University of Utah Health is the Intermountain West’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for the people of Utah and a referral area encompassing five states and more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals – University of Utah Hospital; the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; and Huntsman Cancer Hospital – with more than 1,300 physicians practicing more than 150 medical specialties. U of U Health was recently named No. 1 in the nation for quality by the Vizient, Inc. Quality and Accountability study, and has ranked in the top ten for quality for seven years running. U of U Health is also consistently ranked among the country’s best hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list.

The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness.