The Miners Hospital Advisory Council was established to evaluate compliance of the Miners Hospital with the court-ordered settlement and to make recommendations about the delivery of health services to disabled miners.

The Council is made up of four members from the mining community (miners or their spouses) including at least two representing the United Mine Workers of America. Four members represent the University of Utah. The Council may invite two additional individuals to serve, but they will not have voting rights.

The council meets at least two times yearly.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Dave Maggio

I was born in 1948 in Dragerton, Utah and am still living there today. I have been married to my beautiful wife Shelly for 45 years and we have two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

I graduated from East Carbon High School in 1967 and graduated from the College of Eastern Utah in 1977. I proudly served two and a half tours in Vietnam and am a proud Vietnam Vet. I worked as a third generation underground coal miner for 25 years. I also worked for the United Mine Workers of America as an International Representative for 5 years.

I am retired but still a very active member of the United Mine Workers of America. I am President of UMWA Local Union 9958 and have held this position for 22 years. I have also served on my local City Council for 16 years. I have been on The Miners Hospital Advisory Board for four and a half years.

Warren Oviatt

I was raised as a young child in the La Sal Mountains in a Uranium Mining Camp. I graduated high school at Emery High in Castle Dale, Utah. I worked in mines for 40 plus years and also spent time as a volunteer firefighter. I’ve been a member of the Huntington Fire Department since it first started 45 years ago and have been an EMT for 20 years. I have been on the Advisory Board of The Miners Hospital since it started. To see the help we have been able to give miners when they have come to The Miners Hospital makes my heart swell with pride.

Robert "Bob" Thomas

I began working in 1972 for a surface mine operation, as a machinist, for the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local Union 1620 in Kayenta, Arizona. I worked for UMWA mines in Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming. The last 20 years I worked for Valley Camp of Utah in Clear Creek, Utah. I retired as a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local Union 6788. I am currently the President of Local Union 6788 and have held this position since 2003.

I have been on The Miners Hospital Board since 2010.


Shawn Shipley, RN

I have been a truck driver for most of my life, driving local as well as over the road. I decided to go back to school and became a Registered Nurse in 2012 where I proceeded to work in the fast paced environment of the emergency room for several years. I then went part time in the ER and became a correctional nurse at Salt Lake County Jail for 2 years. I feel passionate about patient care and am excited to bring that energy to The Miners Hospital. I started with The Miners Hospital in October of 2017 and have enjoyed being a part of this program. I see a huge benefit in how it can work to help and improve people’s lives. I am excited to see this program move forward in years to come.

Jenn Kramer

I’m the new Administrative Assistant for The Miners Hospital. I’m excited to be a part of the team and serve Utah’s miners! I’ve worked for University of Utah Health for 11 years; I’m committed to helping our patients. I was born and raised here in Utah. When I’m not working, I love to hike, camp, and spend time with my dog, Zoey.

Catherine Cardwell

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Contact the Miners Hospital Advisory Council

Members of the Miners Hospital Advisory Council welcome your questions and concerns. The council members' email addresses are listed below:*

Dave Maggio

Warren Oviatt

Robert Thomas

*In the subject line of your email, please write "Miners Hospital"