Medisend School Becomes Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology

6/28/2017

The Medisend Biomedical Equipment Technology School is now Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology granted the authority to teach and award an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Biomedical Engineering Technology.

Dallas, June 8, 2017–The Medisend Biomedical Equipment Technology School has become the Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology and has been granted the authority to teach and award an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Biomedical Engineering Technology by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

This announcement comes following a period of evolution and growth for the school that, in 2007, began training biomedical technicians for developing country hospitals, the individuals responsible for repairing, maintaining and installing life-saving medical equipment.

The college offers its program to undergrads and international students and, since 2013, has focused on providing services to returning veterans through the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program.

“Since we launched the veterans program, Medisend has been offering veterans a rapid pathway to jobs with some of America’s most respected healthcare organizations. Our new Associate Degree Program will create even greater opportunities for career advancement,” says General Richard B. Myers, USAF (ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

With the rapid growth in technology and constantly improving medical devices, future plans include consistent acquisition of the latest information and training equipment and increasing course offerings to include more facets of healthcare education.

“The Medisend College is dedicated to providing high-quality, intensive education and training to prepare graduates for jobs as professional biomedical technicians. We are proud to have the new designation and authorization to award an Associate Degree,” says Medisend College President Nick Hallack.

For information on Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, go to medisend.org or call 214.575.5006, ext. 112.

 

MediSend International Receives $300,000 Matching Grant from Dahan Family Foundation

10/2/2016

 DALLAS, TEXAS (PRWEB) OCTOBER 02, 2016

News ImageThe Dahan Family Foundation has awarded a matching grant in support of MediSend’s educational and humanitarian work to support and strengthen healthcare in developing countries. The grant promises to match donations and grants up to $300,000 until the end of 2016.

In 2005, Elisabeth and Rene Dahan donated Medisend’s current facility, the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, home to the organization’s Biomedical Engineering Technology School and its International Distribution Center, a division of Medisend that distributes medical supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals in need, as well emergency aid in times of disaster.

“The Dahans have always been forward-looking, enabling MediSend to create and deliver programs with long-term sustainable outcomes for people in need,” says Nick Hallack, MediSend CEO.

The Dahans are not only longtime friends and benefactors of MediSend, but also invaluable mentors with an unwavering belief in MediSend’s educational and humanitarian work.

Thanks to the Dahan Family Foundation, MediSend made significant contributions to the Ebola crisis, supports women and children’s care in Liberia and Sierra Leone and, as a partner with the World Health Organization, is currently playing an important role in rebuilding Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure. MediSend has trained biomedical technicians for hospitals throughout Africa and has recently partnered with GE El Seif (Saudi Arabia) to train technicians for hospitals in the Middle East. With the Dahans’ ongoing support, MediSend is working with Jane Goodall to rebuild a hospital and deliver better health services in the area of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

“The Dahan Family Foundation has made a difference in countless lives. Through the Dahan family’s incredible generosity, men, women and children around the world have access to improved healthcare. In times of tragedy, their kindness has spread to families suffering from illness, natural disasters and strife,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, adding, “The Dahans have always been forward-looking, enabling MediSend to create and deliver programs with long-term sustainable outcomes for people in need.”

For more information on MediSend, go to MediSend.org or contact Nick Hallack at 214-575-5006 ext.112 or nick(dot)hallack(at)medisend(dot)org.

MediSend, Liberia’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization Partner to Help Rebuild Liberian Healthcare Infrastructure

9/21/2016

MediSend is training three Liberian biomedical technicians, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, as part of a healthcare reconstruction and strengthening plan following the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The technicians will play a major role in Liberia’s national support system, acting as mentors/trainers for future biomedical engineering technicians.

Through a grant from the Liberian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), Dallas-based MediSend Biomedical Engineering Technology School is educating and training three Liberian students to become professional biomedical technicians (BMETs). Following the devastating Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Liberian government has been aggressively working to rebuild and strengthen its healthcare system.

MediSend technicians Terry Bracewell and Dina Georgescu with Liberian technicians: Nyemah Muhlenburg, Peterson Greaves and Wymah Youyoubon (foreground)

Thanks to Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Liberia’s Minister of Health and a tireless advocate for healthcare improvement, Liberia is obtaining new medical equipment and skilled human resources. As part of a comprehensive national campaign, the technicians training at MediSend will return to Liberia, not only to install, repair and maintain modern, life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, but to act as mentors and trainers, expanding services by elevating intern skills.

Prior to their graduation and return to Liberia in September, Peterson Greaves, Nyemah Muhlenburg, and Wymah Youyoubon (current Director of Healthcare Technology Management for the Liberian Ministry of Health) will experience a one-week internship at Touchstone Imaging. They will be shadowing experienced professional biomedical technicians and obtaining real-time, practical experience with state-of-the-art equipment.

Included in the MediSend/Liberia Biomedical Engineering Technology Program are three of Medisend’s 4000 piece Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits™, modern repair, maintenance and calibration labs. They will serve as the foundation of specialized tools, equipment, supplies and spare parts in support of the technicians upon return to service to the Minister of Health.

“I am grateful to the MediSend Biomedical Engineering Technology School for their partnership in providing education and professional skills training to our new biomedical technicians. They will be very instrumental in rebuilding and strengthening Liberia’s healthcare system, through direct service and by implementation of our new “internship” mentoring programs. We are looking forward to seeing them soon, and welcome their future invaluable support,” says Dr. Dahn.

The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program Receives Bank of America Grant to Help Provide Veterans a Pathway to Employment

5/20/2016

The program trains and educates veterans as professional biomedical equipment technicians and helps place them in well-paying jobs with advancement opportunities.

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Rick Bridwell, Bank of America Market Executive, presented a $20,000 check to Nick Hallack, President and CEO of Medisend.

DALLAS, May 20, 2016–The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant to the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program to help provide veterans a pathway to employment and successful careers in healthcare. On Wednesday, May 4th, Rick Bridwell, Bank of America Market Executive, presented a $20,000 check to Nick Hallack, President and CEO of Medisend, parent organization and home of the General Myers Veterans Program.

“The General Myers Program aligns perfectly with Bank of America’s focus on workforce development and education, and our initiative to help veterans become permanently employed in good jobs with career advancement opportunities,” says Gillian Breidenbach, Senior Vice President and the Local Market Development Manager for North Texas, “BOA is proud to invest in a stable future for these deserving young men and women.” The General Richard B. Myers Program educates and trains veterans to manage diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment for hospitals, manufacturers and service providers in a five-month “bootcamp” program that prepares them for positions as professional BMET technicians. Classes take place in new classrooms and state-of-the-art training laboratories at MediSend’s campus located in North Dallas. Veterans also benefit from MediSend’s industry partnerships that provide workshops, and seminars in leadership, as well as job opportunities. Graduates of the Myers Program are currently employed at organizations such as Baylor, Scott and White Health, Becton-Dickenson, VHA, DaVita, and the US military. “We are proud to serve as a career pathway for our veterans, and at the same time fill a very real skills gap in our communities. The General Myers Program offers superior training and assistance in job placement for veterans, benefiting healthcare employers and patients with professional excellence and passion to serve. We thank Bank of America for supporting us in this mission,” says Hallack. For more information on the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program, go to myersbmet.org or call 214.575.5006, extension 112.

 

Sodexo and Medisend Partner to bring Biomedical Career Opportunities to Veterans

5/20/2016

Unique public/private partnership supports the training and employment of students enrolled in the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program.

DALLAS, May 20, 2016– Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services and one of the largest healthcare technology management companies, is partnering with Medisend, a Dallas-based educational institute that provides critical education and training in healthcare technology management (HTM), to support the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program in its capacity as an accelerated educational pathway to careers in the healthcare industry.

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Dave Francoeur and Steve Cannon of Sodexo recently conducted a business communications and leadership seminar at MediSend.

In support of this program, Sodexo has developed professional workshops to help participating veterans develop the business and leadership skills important to success in a clinical environment. The workshops combine observation and practical learning to expose the veteran technicians to industry expectations and the Sodexo culture of building talent and resources.

“Medisend is grateful to Sodexo for this unique addition to the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program and the opportunities this partnership offers our veterans. We are truly appreciative of the talent and resources that Sodexo is sharing with our veterans and for the dedication of Sodexo representatives in spending so much meaningful time in this endeavor,” said Medisend President and CEO Nick Hallack.

Sodexo’s workshops first became available to veterans in the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program starting in April and will continue throughout the rest of the year.

“Sodexo’s partnership with Medisend in support of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program provides us with a tremendous opportunity to give back to those who’ve dedicated their lives to protect our freedom while helping to develop skilled new biomedical equipment technicians,” said Steve Cannon, senior vice president at Sodexo Clinical Technology Management. “We are confident that our workshops will be a very valuable resource to veterans seeking a biomedical professional career and we are excited by the prospect of program graduates seeking a career within Sodexo.”

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune 500 Company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

For more information on the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program, call 214.575.5006 #112 or go to myersbmet.org.

News From Nigeria

3/3/2016

This week, Dr. Costel Rizescu, Director of MediSend’s Biomedical Equipment Technology School, received this note and photos from 2010 graduate Aniebiet Obot, a dedicated member of the Nigerian healthcare system.

Aniebiet Obot, 2010 Graduate

“Good day. Just wanted to let you know that we are still doing the things you trained us to do, contributing to a sustainable health care delivery system through prompt repairs of medical equipment. This picture shows me repairing a Landwind Ion Selective Electrode Analyser in the Clinical Chemistry in our teaching hospital. Thank you for sending Hope to Nigeria.”

The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology School Receives $50k From ReserveAid

2/10/2016

On February 2nd, the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology School received $50k from Reserve Aid. Polly Weidenkopf, ReserveAid’s Executive Director, presented the check to General Myers who was in Dallas to meet the veterans enrolled in the school that bears his name at the MediSend Institute of Biomedical Technologies.

“Reserve Aid is honored to be a supporter of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology School and MediSend. Their total focus is ensuring that veterans receive the best possible biomedical education and that they are placed in careers that will ensure a successful future,” says Weidenkopf.

The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology School trains Post 9/11 veterans to be professional biomedical equipment technicians (BMETS), the individuals responsible for the repair and maintenance of critical medical equipment. It is a growing field with excellent starting salaries and good career upside in the healthcare industry. The Myers School readies veterans for employment in only five months in a fast track, boot camp style program. Graduates are currently working for prominent healthcare organizations around the country such as Baylor Scott & White Health, SODEXO, DaVita Dialysis, VHA, Becton Dickinson, and the US Military.

“Polly and her organization have been by our side since we launched the school in 2013. Thanks to ReserveAid, veterans are able to support themselves and their families in good jobs, performing meaningful service to their communities,” said General Myers.

To date, the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology School has been entirely privately funded. On April 1st 2016, the program will be approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. For more information, go to http://www.MyersBMET.org