ARUP Laboratories Vice President for National Contracts, Dennis P. Monahan, Dies at 60
SALT LAKE CITY, December 30, 2008—ARUP Laboratories, a national medical reference laboratory, announced today the passing of long-time ARUP colleague, Dennis Patrick Monahan. Vice president for national contracts, Monahan died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack on December 24, 2008.
ARUP President and COO Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA, commented that, “Dennis was an exceptional member of our team. But, beyond co-worker and colleague, I considered Dennis a good friend. As so few people today truly do, Dennis clearly understood the importance of building and sustaining strong relationships, both personally and professionally. Our deepest condolences go out to Dennis’ family. He will be missed.”
Monahan was born on October 8, 1948, in Pasadena, California. The son of an Air Force pilot, he grew up in California, Alaska, Florida, New Mexico, and upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army before attending Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. After college, Monahan worked in sales and account management for several medical laboratory companies, ultimately making the decision to work for ARUP Laboratories as its first professional salesperson. Leaving a well-established laboratory to join ARUP in its infancy was a bold move on Monahan’s part.
“Dennis’ experience in the esoteric laboratory market and his professionalism clearly played a key role in persuading major clients early on to use ARUP as their medical testing laboratory. His humble, honest, gentleman’s approach was the opposite image most have of salespeople,” reflected ARUP CEO and Chairman of the Board Carl R. Kjeldsberg, MD.
Monahan was with ARUP for 24 of its 25 years and worked diligently in many capacities, including account representative, national sales manager, and most recently as vice president for National Contracts. He successfully maintained corporate relationships and developed new business with group purchasing organizations, integrated health systems, and multi-hospital systems. His loyalty and dedication to ARUP and all whom he worked with was profound.
“We have lost a good friend, colleague, and a beautiful human being. In both his professional and personal lives, Dennis worked with total commitment and integrity,” said Khosrow Shotorbani, ARUP senior vice president, director of sales.
Monahan had a passion for outdoor sports, especially skiing and road bicycling. Monahan was probably best known and will be most missed for his warm smile, friendliness, and compassion for others. Family, friends, colleagues, clients, and total strangers all were beneficiaries of his engaging personality, thoughtfulness,and willingness to help.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, December 28, 2008, in Park City, Utah. Monahan is survived by his wife Susan, his 15-year-old son Matt Monahan, and his brother Mike Monahan of Denver, Colorado.
About ARUP Laboratories
ARUP Laboratories is a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and an enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. With more than 2,300 employees, ARUP offers in excess of 2,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to highly esoteric molecular and genetic assays, for patients throughout the country. Rather than competing with its clients for physician office business, ARUP chooses instead to support clients' existing test menus by offering highly complex and unique tests, with accompanying consultative support, to enhance their abilities to provide local and regional laboratory services. ARUP’s clients include more than half of the nation's university teaching hospitals and children's hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology®.
ARUP Contact Information:
Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA
President and Chief Operating Officer