Dr. Gary B. Adams, board chairman for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, was recently awarded the 2014 Urban Hospital Trustee Service Award by the Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented during the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, Utah, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Utah’s healthcare sector while serving as a community trustee.
Adams will have served four years as Chairman of the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City and a total of nine years as a board member when he is given emeritus status at the end of 2014.
“The decisions on our board are made with the kids as the primary beneficiaries of the services we offer,” says Dr. Adams. “Serving on the board at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. It still amazes me to see a child come into our hospital unable to walk and after several operations, they are moving on their own legs.”
During the time that Adams has served on the board, he has been a part of many significant events contributing to the success of the facility. He has been instrumental in upgrading the hospital’s imaging equipment, facility remodeling and the maintenance of Shriners’ unique operating model as a pediatric orthopaedic specialty hospital. Adams was a strong proponent of the establishment of a revenue cycle process for the hospital. He has also been very supportive of the use of electronic medical records and implementation of Meaningful Use criteria.
Adams has been very instrumental in meeting with decision makers and making a case for expanding pediatric specialty care service in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. Adams’ leadership also helped establish a medical outreach clinic in El Paso, Texas that has enabled Shriners Hospitals for Children to care for hundreds of children from Mexico each year.
Adams is Past Potentate of El Korah Shrine Temple in Boise, Idaho. He actively supports the temple by participating in fundraising events and serving in the marching parade unit. Adams owns and is president of Adams Gardens and Nursery in Nampa. His personal interests include fishing, golfing and traveling with his wife of 53 years, Joyce. The Adamses have three children and six grandchildren.
Caption (l to r) : Robin Martin, Kevin Martin, Dr. Gary Adams, Joyce Adams, MJ Miller, Scott Andersen.