Siemens Healthineers Makes Major Donation of Imaging and Clinical Laboratory Equipment to Medisend College in support of General Richard B Myers Veterans Program

Medisend College, through the General Richard B Myers Veterans Program, has been training US military veterans for careers as professional biomedical technicians since 2013.

Siemens Healthineers has donated new X-ray, ultrasound and clinical laboratory equipment, valued at more than $1,000,000, to Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology to help advance the education and training of US military veterans in the General Richard B Myers Veterans Program. The equipment donated by Siemens Healthineers will be housed in the new Touchstone Imaging Laboratories at Medisend College where students will benefit from the latest imaging technologies.

“Siemens Healthineers enables healthcare providers by empowering them on their journey towards expanding precision medicine. We are proud to partner with General Myers and Medisend College to help train our veterans for professional careers in the healthcare industry as they endeavor to return to civilian life,” said Ron Pellegrini, VP of Siemens Healthineers.

Medisend College has been training veterans and successfully placing them in positions with major healthcare organizations since 2013. The Siemens Healthineers’ relationship with Medisend has played a major role in the college becoming a leading provider of biomedical engineering technology training in the US, playing key advisory roles, offering professional workshops, hiring graduates and donating essential training equipment.

“This new equipment donated by our friends at Siemens Healthineers will be instrumental in providing students with the opportunity to train on the latest imaging technology available. We are grateful to Ron and his team for their consistent support of our mission to provide good jobs and secure financial futures for our veterans,” said General Richard B. Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, current president of Kansas State University, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Medisend College.

Touchstone Medical Imaging Supports Veterans by Donating Two X-ray Teaching Laboratories to Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology

Medisend College has been training US veterans in biomedical engineering technology through the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program since 2013.

Touchstone Medical Imaging, headquartered in Franklin, TN, with regional offices in Plano, TX, has donated the design and construction of two state-of-the-art X-ray and imaging laboratories to Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, located in Dallas. Medisend College’s General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program trains US military veterans to become professional biomedical technicians with opportunities for careers in the healthcare industry. Medisend College has been training veterans and successfully placing them in positions with major healthcare organizations since 2013.

“Touchstone is proud to support our military veterans through this community partnership with Medisend College,” says Clete Madden, President of Touchstone Imaging and Board of Trustee member at Medisend College. “It is inspiring to be able to help these young men and women find a future that can repay them for their sacrifice. We are pleased to play a role in helping them receive the highest level of education and training at Medisend.”

The two Touchstone Imaging Laboratories at Medisend College will house new advanced X-ray equipment, donated by Siemens, and four new panoramic dental X-ray units, donated by Henry Schein Dental. Veterans will enter the workplace with knowledge and experience on this state-of-the-art equipment and technology and will have the opportunity to serve their communities in rewarding and lucrative positions.

“It is through the generosity of organizations like Touchstone Imaging that Medisend College has continued to offer the highest level of education and training in biomedical engineering technology. Our mission is to have graduates obtain sought-after jobs after receiving a quality education. The advanced training that they receive as a result of this contribution will make a real difference for the futures of our veteran graduates and their families,” says General Richard B. Myers, Past Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Current President of Kansas State University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Medisend College, and Founder of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College.

The advanced training that they receive as a result of this contribution will make a real difference for the futures of our veteran graduates and their families,” says General Richard B. Myers.

About Touchstone Imaging:
Touchstone Medical Imaging is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging services in the United States. Headquartered in Franklin, TN, with regional offices in Plano, TX, Touchstone owns and operates diagnostic imaging facilities in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, Arkansas and Montana. The company uses the highest quality imaging equipment and partners with subspecialized radiologists to deliver a wide range of imaging services in a comfortable, service-oriented outpatient environment. Touchstone is part of the US Radiology Specialists national radiology network.

About Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology:
Medisend College is the premier educational and training center for individuals seeking a future in biomedical technology. Students can earn an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology in an innovative and intensive 7-month program with hands-on training using the most up-to-date hospital-grade equipment. The highly recognized training gives graduates the education and background necessary to get promising careers with healthcare industry leaders.

The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College enables veterans to maximize the skills gained in service to their country. The program enables veterans to transition into civilian workplace with well-paying jobs in the coveted healthcare industry. General Myers states it best, “Our mission is not complete until we have given our veterans and their families the best opportunity for a secure future.”

Medisend College Welcomes Joyce Williams to the Board of Trustees

As a respected community leader, Ms. Williams joins the board chaired by General Richard B. Myers USAF(ret), to contribute her expertise in education and philanthropy. Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, a Dallas-based nonprofit college whose mission is to provide high-quality, intensive education and training that prepares graduates for professional careers as field service engineers and biomedical equipment technicians, proudly announces Joyce Williams as new member of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Williams currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Community Initiatives for the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), one of the largest undergraduate institutions of higher education in Texas. She is responsible for initiatives involving workforce development, community development, and business strategies. Her 20-plus years of experience in education includes several senior leadership positions at the post-secondary level. The Medisend College Board of Trustees is chaired by General Richard B. Myers, USAF (ret), founder of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College, past Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and currently President of Kansas State University. “Ms. Williams brings with her a wealth of experience and leadership to our Board. Her energy and passion for our mission will be an immeasurable asset to the organization and the students we serve. We proudly welcome her onboard,” says General Myers. Ms. Williams was recognized in 2014 as one of the Top 25 Women of Dallas by the Steele Society. In addition, she holds the honor of being awarded by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Minority Business Leaders for 2015 and 2016 Boys and Girls Club Outstanding Child Advocate Award. She has been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 30 top Women in Business for Dallas in 2018. Ms. Williams was also recognized by Walker’s Legacy as one of the organization’s “Power 15” 2018 award recipients for career success in Dallas. She received Governor Greg Abbott recognition in 2018 for apprenticeship programs and was also awarded the 2020 Social Services award by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). Most recently, she led the development of a strategic implementation of the Amazon Veteran Apprenticeship program (Cloud Support Technician); development and management of 9-12 apprenticeship programs serving over 2000 apprentices. Ms. Williams is actively involved in the community. Her current activities include: Past Chair, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas; Executive Board member, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Visit Dallas; Board member, Friends of Fair Park; member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Certification Advisory Council; Appointed by the Texas Workforce Commissioner to the Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (ATAC); Chair of the THECB WECM Advisory Committee and a Lifetime member of the NAACP. “I have long supported Medisend College and am proud to join in an official capacity as a new member of the Board of Trustees. I look forward to being part of Medisend College’s excellence, particularly in support of our US veterans,” says Ms. Williams adding, “I am hopeful that my educational experience will be a welcome addition.” For more information on Medisend College, go to http://www.medisend.org

Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology Receives Grant from ORIX Foundation

The funding will help provide veterans with advanced educational opportunities and a rapid pathway to jobs in the healthcare industry.

Dallas-based Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has received a $20,399 grant from ORIX Foundation to support its mission of improving the lives of veterans and their families through education. With a firm commitment to the communities it serves, Medisend College trains veterans to become skilled biomedical equipment technicians. The grant will help provide new imaging, X-Ray test and calibration tools to deliver the most advanced training and education to veterans in the General Richard B. Myers Program at Medisend College.

“Our mission at ORIX Foundation is to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. As such, we are excited to be able to provide these funds to assist Medisend College in providing increased opportunities and resources for the veterans they serve,” said Autumn Schiele, ORIX Foundation Coordinator.

The constantly evolving healthcare industry requires the acquisition of the newest and most sophisticated training equipment. In order to train veterans and meet the requirements necessary to protect and save lives, it is imperative that they learn on the best equipment and with the latest curriculum.

“The safety and health of families that will receive proper diagnosis and treatment as a result of our graduates’ training is paramount. Our new, state-of-the-art Imaging and X-Ray laboratories serve to provide peak levels of proficiency. The generosity of ORIX Foundation will help ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards,” said General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Medisend College, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current President of Kansas State University.

Under Myers’ leadership, Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has placed veterans in well-paying jobs throughout the country working for organizations such as Siemens, GE Healthcare and Henry Schein Dental.

"Our mission is not complete until we have given our veterans and their families the best possible opportunity for a secure future,” said Myers.

About Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology

Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology is the premier educational and training center for individuals seeking a future in biomedical technology. Students can earn an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology in an innovative and intensive seven-month program with hands-on training using the most up-to-date hospital-grade equipment. The highly recognized training gives graduates the education and background necessary to earn promising careers with healthcare industry leaders. For more information, visit medisend.org.

About ORIX Foundation

ORIX Foundation is a charitable foundation sponsored and managed by ORIX USA Corporation and its employees to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. The foundation awards direct grants to not-for-profit organizations and matches the charitable contributions and fundraising of each ORIX USA employee up to $5,000 each year. Since it was founded in 2009, ORIX Foundation has committed over $20 million to nonprofit organizations primarily in ORIX USA’s headquarters region of North Texas. For more information, visit orixfoundation.org.

Medisend College Receives a $60k Grant from Hillcrest Foundation

The grant is in support of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program – Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology.

The Hillcrest Foundation has awarded a $60k grant to Medisend College to help provide professional training and job placement for veterans in the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program.

“We are proud to partner with the General Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College to help advance secure financial futures for veterans and their families,” says Debra Goldstein Phares, SVP, Philanthropic Client Director at Bank of America Private Bank, on behalf of the Hillcrest Foundation.

Medisend College, under the General Myers Veterans Program, provides veterans the education and training necessary to become professional field engineers and biomedical technicians in an increasingly demanding healthcare industry. The Program has a proven track record of assisting veterans to successfully return to civilian life and providing a rapid pathway to well-paying jobs and lifelong careers with healthcare industry leaders such as Siemens, GE Healthcare, Henry Schein Dental, and Beckman Coulter.

“It is through the generosity and commitment of donors such as Hillcrest Foundation that the Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College is able to help veterans enter the civilian workforce as well-trained, well-paid professionals,” says General Myers, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Medisend College, “We take pride knowing that the Program benefits veterans and their families, the healthcare institutions where they work, and the patients that they serve.”

My Experience Being a Student at Medisend College

My Name is Damon Fletcher, I am a veteran who recently graduated from Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology. I faced several obstacles even before I was enrolled in school. I suffered a significant injury that prevented me from continuing my military service. I was faced with trying to figure out exactly what I was going to do next because I really didn’t have a contingency plan in place at the time. I searched several resources for good veterans’ job training programs, only to find very few that would translate into a job after the training. I found the General Richard B Myers Program offered at Medisend College and contacted the school. The first person I talked to was Nick Hallack to get more information pertaining to the school and its curriculum. I was surprised to find out the school was very similar to the BMET program that the military personnel is trained for. The whole staff at Medisend was very helpful throughout the entire application process. The moment I arrived they made me feel at home and addressed whatever needs I might have so I could achieve success in the program. It was such a family atmosphere that it became infectious to the students as well.

As a veteran, there are different challenges you face versus a traditional student. Some of us have been on deployments or been in traumatic situations so we may require additional resources to cope with certain situations and stress. Medisend made sure we always had access to those appropriate resources if they were needed. If you had any personal issues the instructors or administration would never turn you away and were eager to assist you. The instructors went above and beyond to make sure you understood the material and encouraged you to ask questions. They really helped you gain confidence, which is vital for some veterans because it’s harder to transition back into civilian life if you served any length of time. I recently received a job offer from Siemens as a Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, and it is only because I enrolled in this program. The curriculum aligns with the current industry standards which enabled me to get a job with a higher starting salary. It also is a program that can be done in six months and allow the veteran to not incur debt in order to finish. Coming to Medisend College has changed my life and set me on course for a good sustainable career. There are several programs that boast about putting veterans back to work, but this program really yields results. This program had a profound effect on my life, and I believe more veterans should have the opportunity to attend.

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“I knew that I wanted to work on things and somehow help people by doing so.” The demand for this skill is immense, especially in the biomedical engineering technology/healthcare industry.

Upon doing his research, Jelinek came across Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, he believed in his skills and the demand for it. “It would be a great choice since I wanted to start work as soon as possible while earning an accelerated degree.”

Tyson earns his Biomedical Equipment Technology Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology.  “My overall experience was positive, and the instructors and staff cared about each student and their progress. The skills I acquired while attending Medisend College significantly helped with my job offer from Henry Schein. If I could do it over again I would in a heartbeat. Huge thank you to the staff and instructors at Medisend for serving those who served, and making the transition as smooth as possible into a promising career field.”

Tyson Jelinek is now employed with one of the top healthcare industry leaders, Henry Schein as a Biomedical Field Technician.

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