2021 Gold Stevie Award Winner - Women in Business

Notable Awards and Recognitions in 2021

2021 Gold Stevie Award Winner - Women in BusinessAt Merit Medical, we believe success happens when we continuously challenge ourselves to grow and improve. As this year comes to a close, we are proud to announce that during 2021, we were recognized for our growth and achievements by several notable organizations.

Each award received is a testament to our mission of improving the lives of people, families, and communities throughout the world. Whether it was through the actions we took to reduce our environmental footprint or protocols put in place to keep our employees safe during the pandemic—2021 was a year of perseverance and determination to make a difference.

Utah Business 2021 Green Business Award

Merit’s global headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT, received the 2021 Green Business Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals making positive strides to promote sustainability within the Utah community. Merit specifically won in the Corporate Initiative category for the actionable steps taken to reduce the company’s environmental footprint, now and in the future:

2021 Utah Green Business Award WinnerDesigning an Environmental Management System

As a global manufacturer of medical devices, Merit plays a significant role in contributing to a sustainable future. Sound environmental practices are beneficial to our employees, our customers, and the patients whose lives benefit from our products. Our Environmental Management System is designed to measure, monitor, and facilitate continuous improvement to ensure we meet our sustainability goals. This includes:

  • Diverting waste from landfills by recycling materials, such as metal, plastic, wood, and cardboard
  • Eliminating additional shipping materials through our Merit Smart Shipping™ program
  • Supporting an on-site garden to reduce the amount of produce shipped to our facility
  • Striving for a zero-food-waste policy

Looking Forward

As a leader in the healthcare industry, we have implemented specific goals centered around combating climate change and reducing our usage of water resources. Learn more about our commitment to a sustainable future here.

By building on our past successes and taking the initiative to improve year over year, we aim to positively impact both communities in Utah and around the globe.

The Stevie® Awards for Frontline Medical Hero of the Year

This year Dr. Nicole Priest, Chief Wellness Officer at Merit, won gold in the Stevie Awards for Frontline Medical Hero of the Year for her efforts in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at our Merit facilities worldwide.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dr. Priest was instrumental in innovating safe ways to enable employees to continue working. In addition to enforcing social distancing and mask guidelines before state and federal mandates were established, Dr. Priest ensured that educating employees on safe pandemic practices was a top priority. Through bi-monthly Wellness Newsletters, she provided case updates, healthy lifestyle guidance, and information as the pandemic unfolded.

She also partnered with the Salt Lake Health Department to bring vaccine education sessions directly to our campus, and in May of 2021, the Merit Care clinic began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all employees and their dependents, creating an accessible avenue to help stop the spread of the virus. Thanks to Dr. Priest’s efforts, Merit was able to continue operations safely and efficiently throughout 2020.

Utah Business 2021 Healthcare Heroes

2021 - Utah Business - Healthcare HeroesFred Lampropoulos, Merit Founder and CEO, was recognized as a 2021 Healthcare Hero for his leadership in guiding Merit through the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the onset of the pandemic, Mr. Lampropoulos was quick to adapt Merit’s strategy to ensure employees were able to safely continue producing the life-saving medical devices the company is known for. By working closely with Dr. Nicole Priest, Chief Wellness Officer at Merit, Mr. Lampropoulos ordered and implemented COVID-19 safety measures, including mask mandates, social distancing, and temperature screening for employees on campus, and instructed many departments to move to a work-from-home solution where possible.

In order to further support employees during this uncertain time, Mr. Lampropoulos developed new travel policies, approved a pandemic sick leave policy, and began providing free meals to Merit employees working on campus through the on-site cafeteria. Thanks to his commitment to his employees, their families, and the communities we serve, Merit was able to continue designing, manufacturing, and shipping essential medical devices while maintaining employee morale during the pandemic.

These great achievements are the result of our dedicated teams working every day to make a difference. Thank you, Team Merit! We look forward to seeing what we accomplish in 2022!

Merit Garden Accomplishments in 2021

2021 Merit Garden Accomplishments

Merit Garden Accomplishments in 2021In 2016, Merit Medical CEO Fred Lampropoulos established the Merit Salt Lake Employee Garden with the mission of boosting employee health and morale by providing fresh, nutritious produce. Since its founding five years ago, our garden team has accomplished exactly that. Through employee engagement programs, sustainability efforts, and charitable work, the Merit Employee Garden is thriving.

With another garden season successfully completed, it’s time to reflect on how we’ve grown in 2021 — and helped our team, our community, and our environment flourish in the process.

Employee Participation

2021 saw record numbers for many of our garden programs.


With 190 employees representing 50 different Merit departments, our garden box program was a huge success. Employees enjoyed a record year of produce to take home to their families.


Our U-Pick program, where employees can select their own basket of fresh produce in exchange for 10 minutes of volunteer gardening, drew 260 employees from 73 Merit departments, totaling 562 visits in all.

5,400 POUNDS

Merit team members who participated in U-Pick enjoyed 5,400 pounds of delicious and healthy fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. That’s 2,400 pounds more than 2020!

Garden Fresh Goods

Our gardeners certainly have green thumbs, and our employees enjoyed the rewards.

  • 13,000 plants thrived in the Merit greenhouse — 4,500 of which were purchased by Merit employees.
  • 210 cut flower arrangements were purchased by employees to brighten up a room or bring joy to a loved one.
  • 2,500 pounds of produce was prepared into delicious meals in our Merit Salt Lake employee cafeteria.
  • 2,000 plants were grown to be used by our Salt Lake landscaping team.

Giving Back

Philanthropy and charity are part of what makes Merit great. The Employee Garden is just one avenue for giving back to our community.

Garden sales generated $15,000 for the Candy Cane Program, helping employees in need have a brighter holiday season.

Fruits & Vegetables - Healthy Living640 pounds of produce was donated to low-income senior centers.

Fresh Produce Donations400 surplus vegetable starter plants were donated to a local Title I school, where they were planted in their community garden and distributed to families to plant at home.

2,500 pounds of surplus produce was given away to Merit employees at the community garden table.

Going Green

Merit’s commitment to sustainability includes our garden efforts, too.

  • 6 tons of green waste was taken to the Trans-Jordan landfill to make compost.
  • All inedible produce was donated to feed farm animals at Roots Charter School, a nonprofit alternative high school in Salt Lake City.

See Our Year in Photos

For a closer look at what our garden is up to, watch this video of pictures taken throughout the year.

None of these achievements would be possible without our dedicated Employee Garden team. Thank you! We can’t wait to see what will grow in 2022.

For more information on how Merit works to improve the lives of employees, take a look at our Employee Wellness, Health, and Safety page.