Touro University’s Project Homeless Connect Helps Community

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Touro University Nevada Provides Services for Underserved with Project Homeless Connect

Touro Mobile Clinic at Cashman

Students, staff, and faculty from Touro University Nevada’s School of Physician Assistant Studies volunteered on one of the university’s mobile healthcare clinics during Project Homeless Connect, an annual, collaborative event held inside Cashman Center that provides essential services for Southern Nevada’s homeless population.

Numerous organizations offered a variety of services during the all-day event, including counseling, housing, meals, job connections, haircuts, healthcare, and more.

“Project Homeless Connect is always an incredible experience for the populations who desperately need the assistance,” said Amie Duford, Assistant Professor in Touro’s PA Program. “These individuals are getting what they need. They are getting health care, and our students are able to gain knowledge and learn the best ways to care for them.”

Touro provided an assortment of free services to those who stopped by the mobile healthcare clinic, including blood pressure checks, glucose checks, wound care, and acute illness evaluations.

Andrea Alessi, a recent Touro graduate, served as a preceptor for the students working on the clinic. Having worked on the clinic when she attended Touro, Alessi understands how important it is for PA students to get the critical, hands-on experience that comes with working on the mobile healthcare clinic.

“The more time you can work on the mobile clinic, the better prepared you’ll be for your rotations,” she said. “Of course, books are going to help with board exams, but it’s a completely different type of experience when you’re out on your rotations.”

Duford understands the importance of students volunteering their time at events like Project Homeless Connect. It’s an integral part of Touro’s vision statement she added: to serve – to lead – to teach.

“Volunteering at Project Homeless Connect is a perfect example of how we are integrating our vision into practice,” she said. “This collaboration exemplifies how Touro is making a positive impact on the community.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is home to a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit Touro online or call 702-777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/.

Kelly LeGrow Receives 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award

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Kelly Le Grow Honored by Nathan Adelson Hospice

Kelly LeGrow received the Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award.

Kelly E. LeGrow, vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc. received the 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award for her extensive work as a committed volunteer, supporter and advisor to the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

The award was presented during the recent 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event featuring Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles. Proceeds from the concert support The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at Nathan Adelson Hospice. This program improves quality of life for patients and loved ones and eases emotional and physical discomfort. Patients and their loved ones receive various therapies such as Pet Therapy, Reiki Energy Work, Massage Therapy, Art Therapy, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice. Brad Garrett, stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” presented the award to her at the event.

“Hospice depends upon a lot of people that we have to go to when we have issues, when we have problems or when we have things we just need to deal with,” said Dennis Kennedy, of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “When we have a problem that involves risk liability insurance we always go to Kelly. She is extremely valuable to the institution.”

Brown & Brown's Kelly LeGrow

Brown & Brown’s Kelly LeGrow.

About Kelly and Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada
With more than 25 years of healthcare and insurance experience, Kelly LeGrow has established a strong executive reputation as a sought-after consultant with expertise in provider networks, compensation development, contract negotiation, and the management and development of numerous plan benefits.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada provides exceptional insurance advice and guidance from a team of professionals who live, work, play, and volunteer in Nevada. The company is attuned to the special needs of our unique industries as well as the important requirements of individuals, families and businesses. It is a dominant force in insurance consulting and brokerage in the state and is a market leader in employee benefits, also in the resort, gaming, and hospitality industry.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada is a proud part of Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc., one of the world’s top 10 largest independent insurance brokerages, a publicly traded company (NYSE:BRO) with outstanding performance and profitability year after year.

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for nearly 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College Partner for Healthcare Students

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Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College Announce New Partnership

Shelley Berkley and Dr. Ray Alden sign partnership documents.

Touro University Nevada (TUN) and Nevada State College (NSC) have entered into an agreement that will provide a pathway for students interested in pursuing careers in health care to participate in an accelerated double degree program which will allow them to receive a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Following their junior year at NSC, selected students will matriculate into TUN as full-time Medical Health Sciences students. Before they begin their academic journeys at Touro, students will participate in a Summer Learning Enhancement Program that includes sessions on study skills, time management, medical terminology, the medical curriculum and basic science review. At the conclusion of their fourth year of study, students will graduate with a dual degree of Bachelor of Science from NSC and a Master of Health Sciences from TUN.

“Nevada continues to significantly lag behind other states in the number of physicians based on population.  The end result of this partnership is that we will better serve students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and other healthcare professions and will better meet our state’s needs for these professionals,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada.

Students must meet certain criteria prior to being accepted into the program, including having a strong academic performance, involvement in undergraduate and high school activities, community service, and both knowledge and dedication to the fields of medicine and healthcare.

“Collaborating with Nevada State College on this partnership will help us develop future generations of students interested in medical and healthcare fields,” said Dr. Ray Alden, Provost of Touro University Nevada. “Whether these students choose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies or the additional programs Touro offers, this partnership will streamline their academic journeys and help them achieve their academic goals.”

Participating students who are interested in entering TUN’s College of Osteopathic Medicine or School of Physician Assistant Studies will be guaranteed an interview as long as they maintain a certain GPA. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will not be required as part of the application process.

“By allowing qualified students to transition to Touro after their third year, and by waiving the MCAT requirement, many more of our under-represented, non-traditional students will see a clear pathway to their future in medicine,” said Bart Patterson, President of Nevada State College. “Through this partner program with Touro University Nevada, we are paving the way for medical school, physician assistant school, and many of the other professional programs Touro offers.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is home to a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702-777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/.

About Nevada State College

Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State has grown to offer more than 50 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation, and has expanded its physical campus. Today, the college serves approximately 4,200 students and has over 3,400 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.