February 13, 2018





Utah County has developed community-wide public/private partnerships to educate its residents about the risks associated with prescription pain medication and to promote a conversation between patient and doctor about effective alternatives.

Salt Lake City, February 13, 2018—Addiction to prescription pain medications, also known as opioids, is an epidemic in Utah and across the nation. For many, addiction began with a legal prescription. To educate the public about this health crisis, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, Wasatch Mental Health, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment and the state’s prevention campaign, Use Only as Directed, have joined forces to encourage Utah County residents to Speak Out, Opt Out and Throw Out their prescription opioids.

On Thursday, February 15, at 11:00am at Mountain View Hospital—1000 E. 100 N. in Payson—leaders from three participating healthcare organizations will join with local prevention experts and Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee to unveil the widespread public awareness campaign. The gravity of the problem in Utah County, including the particularly hard-hit Payson community, is underscored by Utah Department of Health morbidity (injury) data that reports Utah County is one of the top five hotspots in the state for emergency department visits due to opioid misuse/overdose. These concerning trends have mobilized the county’s public and private healthcare organizations to deliver a unified public health message to their patients. Specifically, the local effort also includes opioid prevention messages in its community mental health clinics—a crucial, underserved audience where 60-70 percent of patients being treated for a mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder.

Large-scale messaging throughout the hospitals and clinics will educate patrons to the fact that 7,000 opioid prescriptions are issued each day in Utah, increasing the chance for misuse or abuse; and will remind Utahns that while prescription pain medications can be a powerful, healing tool, it can take just seven days to develop a physical dependency to opioids. “MountainStar Healthcare is pleased to be part of an educational campaign that supports our commitment to patient safety. It complements and enhances our initiatives to empower our patients and caregivers to work together to make more informed, healthier choices about pain management,” says Janet Zarndt, director of pharmacy services for MountainStar Healthcare.

Partners in the initiative are encouraging Utah County residents to Speak Out, by having a conversation with their doctor about the potential risks of opioids and Opt Out of prescription pain medications in favor of other CDC-recommended, effective alternatives. “Intermountain Healthcare has set a goal to reduce the number of opioid tablets prescribed for acute pain by 40 percent in 2018. We are committed to working with our patients and providers to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which we serve,” stated Kevin Brooks, MHA, administrator of Intermountain Healthcare Utah Valley Hospital. The partnership with five Intermountain hospitals and clinics, two MountainStar hospitals and four Wasatch Mental Health clinics will also feature signage about the Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Opioids, and Throw Out messaging directing patrons to use their local medication drop box for safe disposal of leftover opioids.

Residents who have been directly affected by someone struggling with prescription opioid addiction will also be in attendance when the Speak Out, Opt Out, Throw Out campaign is unveiled to show their support for local prevention efforts. “Opioid misuse is a community problem that requires a community solution. That’s why partnerships like these are a crucial part of turning the tide, helping us move upstream to prevent substance use through local outreach and education,” says Heather Lewis, ASUDC, prevention program manager at Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment.

The Use Only as Directed campaign, a collaboration between federal, state, city, county and private businesses, was launched in 2008 and is dedicated to preventing prescription opioid misuse and abuse. By mobilizing media, community partnerships and local outreach, it seeks to educate Utahns about the risks associated with opioids and other effective pain management alternatives, as well as change behaviors regarding proper use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids. For more information and to find a local medication drop box near you, visit UseOnlyAsDirected.org

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Osmond Marketing Introduces New Director of Advisory Services for Skilled Nursing and Director of Sales

Sarah Hilton and David Osmond each bring deep industry expertise to their roles with the marketing company.

PROVO, UTAH—February 5, 2018—Osmond Marketing is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Hilton as the company’s director of advisory services for skilled nursing and David Osmond as director of sales. These new positions are part of the company’s commitment to hiring strategic talent for its increasing work with the healthcare and entertainment industries. Hilton and Osmond officially joined the company on February 1, 2018.

Hilton brings nearly 20 years of healthcare experience to Osmond Marketing. She worked from 2001 to 2005 as a CNA at skilled nursing facilities in Orem and Bountiful, Utah. Hilton then received her RN degree from Weber State University in 2005 and served from 2005 to 2015 as a geriatric charge nurse in a skilled nursing facility and at an inpatient surgical rehab center. For the past eight years, she has served as a cardiac care coordinator at the University of Utah, ensuring patients received the best education about cardiac health, procedures, surgeries and follow-up care.

Hilton will join the executive team to oversee strategic consulting surrounding healthcare marketing. This will allow Osmond Marketing to augment its current delivery services with strategic guidance from an industry expert. Osmond Marketing expects to grow the strategic portion of its healthcare practice under Hilton’s guidance.

David Osmond brings 20 years of public relations and entertainment experience to Osmond Marketing. An artist signed by Curb Records and Epic/Sony, he had four songs listed in the top 40 in the U.K. and starred in the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with five separate production companies. He has performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Eagles and Steven Tyler, and performed onstage at venues ranging from London’s Wembley Arena to Harpo Studios for Oprah Winfrey. He is the executive producer and host of the Wonderama TV show.

David will join the executive team to oversee sales operations and take a customer-centric, strategic approach to sales. He also brings additional power to the public relations team with his industry expertise in music and entertainment. David’s appointment will increase Osmond Marketing’s ability to provide top-notch resources for clients of all sizes.

“At Osmond Marketing, we believe that building strong relationships with our clients is an essential step in delivering industry-leading service,” said Emily Woll, COO. “Sara and David both bring a deeply personal understanding of our clients in the entertainment and healthcare industries. Their talent and expertise will help take our personalized service to new heights.”

To learn more about Osmond Marketing, visit www.osmondmarketing.com.

About Osmond Marketing

Osmond Marketing is a multifaceted marketing agency for healthcare, entertainment, sports, legal and other industries. With a focus on both print and digital, Osmond Marketing strives to provide its clients with premium branding solutions on all spectrums, including content production, digital and graphic design, business development and public relations. For more information, visit www.osmondmarketing.com.

Utah Valley Chamber Business of the Month: Weaver Business Coaching

PROVO, UT- February 5, 2018 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors, the welcoming arm of the chamber, are proud to announce their February Business of the Month recipient; Weaver Business Coaching. The Chamber Ambassadors awarded Weaver Business Coaching at the Utah Valley Chamber office on Thursday, February 1. 

“Keith Weaver (Weaver Business Coaching’s CEO and Founder) has helped many new chamber members navigate their first year within the organization successfully,” said Utah Valley Chamber Business Development Executive, Kate Bowcut. “In fact, he has mentored chamber members for over two years!”

“Keith is consistent and engaged,” said Habitat for Humanity Director, Kena Mathews, “He is a fun person to work with and you can count on him to get things done. That is why we asked him to be our Chamber Ambassador Mentor Chair! He does a great job.”

“We can’t thank Keith enough for the time and energy he has contributed to our chamber,” said Bowcut. “He truly deserves this award and we are excited to recognize him and celebrate his accomplishments.”



About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org


About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.


For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi



SCERA Offers an Evening of Broadway and Inspirational Music with Dallyn Vail Bayles Feb. 15 and 17

(Orem, Utah) — Celebrated performer Dallyn Vail Bayles whose talent and passion for musical theater have taken him to Broadway and beyond will give two concerts at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem this month featuring Broadway and inspirational music.

Bayles can be seen in concert Thursday Feb. 15 and Saturday Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in 450-seat Showhouse II at SCERA Center for the Arts. Reserved-seat tickets at $14 for adults and $12 for children (age 3-11) and seniors (age 65 and older) are available at www.scera.org, by calling 801-225-ARTS, or in person at the SCERA main office, 745 S. State St., Orem.

Those unfamiliar with Bayles’s stage work may still find his face familiar, because he has portrayed LDS leader Hyrum Smith in films for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bayles has also starred in several films in the Liken the Scriptures movie series and has been featured as LDS leader Joseph Smith in the Nauvoo Pageant in Illinois.

“I saw Dallyn Bayles perform on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith one year,” says Mark Renberg, who was on a church history tour in Nauvoo when he heard Bayles. “I was touched in a way hard to describe by the sheer emotion of his undeniable talent as he shared that tragic event with us.”

The artist’s interest in musical theater was fueled in the small town of Green River, Utah, where he was raised. The actor, singer and recording artist found success early when he was selected to perform the role of Enjolras with the Broadway touring company of “Les Misérables” and understudied and performed the roles of the Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway tour of  “Phantom of the Opera.”  His “Les Mis” credentials also include performing with the original Jean Valjean (Colm Wilkinson) in China in that country’s premiere engagement. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

New York beckoned again and he performed with Stephen Schwartz and Norm Lewis in the industry reading of “Children of Eden,” playing the role of Adam.

Extensive regional roles have included Sundance, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Hale Centre Theatre, and other regional theatres.

As a concert soloist, Bayles was honored to perform along with Rebecca Luker in Golden Days: A Celebration of Life, the 85th birthday celebration of LDS Church President, Thomas S. Monson.  He was the featured soloist with the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their Deer Valley Music Festival concert, “Music from Stage and Screen.”  Bayles has also sung several times as a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their national broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”

In 2015 Bayles earned an MFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory where he secured major roles in “The Pajama Game,” “Assassins” and “Oklahoma!” BYU honored him as its Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient several years ago as much for the honorable way he lives his life in the entertainment industry as for his considerable performance gifts.

He holds two Pearl Awards as winner of the new artist and inspirational album categories, and his recordings of “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul” and “My Kindness Shall Not Depart from Thee” are featured in the films “17 Miracles” and “Ephraim’s Rescue.”

“Dallyn Bayles is a triple-threat talent, and we are privileged to have him on our stage,” says Adam J. Robertson, SCERA’s President and CEO.  “This is an evening not to be missed.”

Special guest vocalist Amy Shreeve Keller will join Bayles for the concert.  She recently finished a starring role as Amernis in “Aida” at the new Hale Center Theatre in Sandy.

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Provo College prepares to add master’s program in 2018

For more than three decades, Provo College has been sending well-educated, expertly trained healthcare professionals out into the medical field. Beginning with dental professionals when the original Dental Career Institute first opened in 1984, the college has since evolved to the well-respected career college.

Previously known for up to 18 educational programs including dental hygiene, massage therapy, graphic design and more, Provo College has found its niche in the healthcare industry, focusing on three degrees — nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy assistant. The Nursing program makes up over 80 percent of the student population

Todd Smith, is vice president of campus operations for Provo College. He has witnessed the growth of the college over his five-year tenure. Especially in the area of nursing. The demand for nurses has exploded.

Even though the nursing industry is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, the demand is outpacing the supply, according to Nurse.com. By the year 2022 — just four years from now — it is expected there will be 1 million jobs for RNs.

To help keep up with the demand, in 2015 Provo College created a new three-year hybrid Bachelor of  Science degree in nursing.  The program was designed for non-traditional students wanting to be nurses. What makes the program so unique is: no prerequisites, no wait list, 80 percent of the classes are online, a good transfer credit policy and three starts per year.

The career college has attracted CNAs, students from BYU and UVU that are on the nursing wait list, stay-at-home moms and kids just graduating from high school. The program is programmatically accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) the same accreditation as BYU and UVU.

In August of 2017, Provo College had their first graduating class.  The class had a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the NCLEX (Nursing certification test). The college currently has more than 250 nursing students and anticipates growing to 300 by the end of the year.

The Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program has been part of Provo College for over 15 years. This 18-month program is very demanding but boasts high placement and first-time pass rates for certification. Last year they had 100 percent placement and it is consistently in the high 90 percent-plus range for placement and pass rate. The program prepares students to work in rehab centers, physical therapy clinics, hospitals and other medical centers. It is the largest of the three PTA programs in the state of Utah.

Medical assisting program is one of Provo College’s long-running programs, allowing students to receive a diploma in nine months or an associates degree in two years. This program has grown in popularity due to its flexible schedule — three days a week and four hours a day.

What is new at Provo College? Later this year, the college will introduce its master’s degree nursing.

“We are developing the curriculum for that now,” said Smith. The program will give graduates the opportunity to go on to get their master’s in an all-online program.  “It’s an exciting program that will attract many of our graduates and other nurses in the area.”

Over the past 34 years, Provo College has continued to thrive due, in part, to a strong focus on its mission statement which is: “We are caring professionals who empower individuals to achieve personal excellence through student centered, market driven education.” As a career college they focus on the individual by having small classes, academic advisors and hands on training.

For more information on Provo College, visit http://www.provocollege.edu.

SCERA announces March 20-21 auditions for “Shrek The Musical,” the first show of the 2018 Summer Season at SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre

(Orem, Utah) – The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre announces auditions for the first show of its 2018 summer season, “Shrek The Musical.”  It will be directed by Shawn M. Mortensen, with music direction by Brandalee Streeter and choreography by Sunny Watts. Danielle Berry will serve as stage manager.

            “Shrek The Musical” will play June 8-23 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm.

            Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21 from 7:00-9:00pm at SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem. Callbacks, for those invited, will be held Saturday, March 24, and will include a dance audition.

            All roles are available. Auditioners ages 12 and older should prepare to sing 16 bars from a modern Broadway musical.  An accompanist or IPOD playback will be available – please bring your music.  Auditions are done by appointment, and you can submit your audition form online and sign up for a time at www.scera.org under the Stage tab.  A resume and headshot is helpful to bring with you, but is not required.

            Rehearsals will begin on March 26. For more information, call (801) 225-ARTS.

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SCERA Email: april@scera.org

Office Phone:  (801) 225-ARTS ext. 1011

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2018 “The Year of Technical Education” A Letter From The CTE Coalition

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Backwards Piano Man Jason Lyle Black at SCERA Feb. 10

(Orem, Utah) — With more than 30 million music video views and appearances on such television shows as “The Ellen Show” and “Good Morning America,” award-winning backwards piano artist Jason Lyle Black has been charming audiences worldwide since entering the entertainment industry 14 years ago.

He will likely charm Utah audiences as well Feb. 10 when he performs at the SCERA Center for the Arts. His 7 p.m. performance has already sold out, but a 4 p.m. show has been added to meet the demand.

Reserved seat tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. They are available by calling 801-225-ARTS, at www.scera.org, or at the main office, 745 South State, Orem, open 10am-6pm weekdays at the SCERA (745 S. State St., Orem) except Sundays or at the ticket office prior to performance. All seats are reserved.

In addition to the concert, SCERA is offering a meet-and-greet dinner with food from Landmark Catering at 6 p.m. in room 201, adjacent to the theatre. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 801-225-ARTS between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets must be purchased separately.

Black, a gifted pianist who also can play the piano with his hands behind him, is one of only a few people who can play while pedaling with his head. It makes for a fun and interactive evening.  Some of his music is comedic, such as his presentation of “Songs Not to Play at People’s Weddings” to more traditional favorites. Audiences join the fun when he performs their live requests, which typically include, but are not limited to, Disney and Broadway classics, The Beatles, AC/DC, and such much-loved movie themes as “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.”

Five years after Black released his 2004 inaugural album of original musical called “Flood of Keys,” he debuted his music on YouTube and began performing and speaking to live audiences.

Big successes include a music video of Disney’s “Frozen” that reached national news outlets. He added to his success when a music video of Pixar’s “Up” reached millions worldwide.

Since then, Stone Angel Music released his original music, “Piano Preludes,” which debuted at the top of iTunes and second on the Billboard music charts.

Now a full-time national corporate entertainer, speaker, composer and performer, this Best of State winner makes time to appear frequently on television and radio programs. As a popular keynote speaker, his message, “Upside Down: It’s a Matter of Perspective,” describes how small shifts can create substantial impacts for individuals as well as corporations.

He has garnered high praise from several outlets, including the Huffington Post that said he was “spot-on”; from TIME.com that indicated he was “incredible,” and from Ellen DeGeneres, who described him as “unbelievable.” Corporate leaders applaud him, typified by this comment from T. Treu, the executive vice president of OC Tanner, who called him “a great performer (who was) bright, witty, energetic, and engaging.”

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After 22 Years, Utah Educational Savings Plan Launches New Brand

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