Petersen Medical celebrates 40 years

Thursday, April 30, 2009

OREM, Utah--Petersen Medical recently completed a service project for every year it has been in business: 40.

The projects included everything from redecorating a room at a Ronald McDonald House to volunteering with Angel Hands, a Utah-based foundation that seeks to improve the lives of individuals living with rare diseases, to raking leaves in local parks.

“There aren’t a ton of companies in a small city like ours that make it this long,” said John Zappe, director of operations. “So we wanted to show our strong ties to the community and thank people for helping us stay in business and grow.”

For employees like Zappe, helping to decorate one of more than 800 Christmas trees for Primary Children’s Hospital’s annual “Festival of Trees” was priceless. Over 38 years, the event has raised $21 million for needy children at the hospital.

But if Zappe had to pick his favorite project, it’s this one: Petersen Medical donated a hand cycle to an aspiring biathlete from Utah who’s on his way to California to train for the Paralympics.