Dr. Gerald A. Heeger Joins Dallas-based MediSend International Advisory Board
With 45 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Gerald A. Heeger has joined the MediSend International Advisory Board to help guide the expansion of MediSend's educational programs. He joins the venerable membership, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers, Dame Jane Goodall, Elisabeth and Rene Dahan, former Executive Vice President and Director at Exxon Mobil Corporation, NBA Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo, US astronaut James Reilly, and Mary Logan, President and CEO of AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation).
"I am honored to become a member of such an impressive assembly of leaders and hope that my contributions will be effective in furthering MediSend's success as an institution of higher learning," said Heeger.
Dr. Heeger has provided leadership in adult and continuing professional higher education in some of the largest and most prestigious universities in the United States serving as President of the University of Maryland University College, Dean of New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Dean of the New School for Social Research (now New School University) in New York City and as Dean of University College at Adelphi University, where he subsequently served as both provost and executive vice president. He has also been a faculty member at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
He has extensive experience with quality management and accreditation in higher education, both in the United States and overseas, and has served on several university boards in Latin America, including Politecnico Grandcolombiano (Colombia) and Universidad del Istmo (Panama) and also served on the University Argentina de la Empresa International Advisory Board. In 2006, Dr. Heeger was named to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, located at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Heeger currently works as a consultant, advising colleges, universities, and educational technology companies on adapting higher education to new technologies and on business strategy. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Patten University (California), a new initiative aimed at utilizing competency-based education to lower dramatically the cost of tuition to students.
"We could not be more honored and pleased to welcome Dr. Heeger to the MediSend International Advisory Board," says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, "His experience and wealth of knowledge and his understanding of the rapidly changing nature of higher education will be invaluable as MediSend's educational programs grow and evolve."
General Myers appeared on NBC to discuss his veterans program at MediSend on March 21st. Watch the interview here.
ReserveAid Supports the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program
General Myers was in Dallas to visit veteran trainees in his program and to receive ReserveAid's generous donation.
On March 3rd, Polly Weidenkopf, Executive Director of ReserveAid, presented General Myers with a generous check benefiting the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™. ReserveAid's ongoing support for the General Myers Program has been a major factor in its success providing veteran graduates with careers and secure financial futures for their families.
Veteran trainee Kevin Stehney (US Coast Guard), Polly Weidenkopf - Executive Director of ReserveAid, Nick Hallack - President and CEO of MediSend, General Richard B. Myers -USAF Retired, Veteran trainees David Kipkemoi Langat (US Marines) and Derrick Brown (US Army)
The General Myers Program trains veterans as professional biomedical equipment technicians in only five months and helps to place them in well-paying jobs with great opportunity for advancement. Veteran graduates are now working in positions with prominent healthcare organizations around the country. One graduate is currently working in Germany as a contractor for the US military.
"While we take great pride in the core strengths of our program, the successful placement of our graduates into a lifetime career is our ultimate goal," says General Myers, "We are grateful to ReserveAid for their generosity and to Polly Weidenkopf for her passionate support of our veterans."
MediSend Awarded Certification as Career School and College
Exceptional programs and curriculum have earned MediSend's Biomedical Equipment Technology School™ the certification and title from the Texas Workforce Commission.
MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™ has received certification as a Career School and College from the Texas Workforce Commission, an important factor in transferring credit hours to other reputable institutions should graduates decide to obtain advanced education and degrees.
In 2006, MediSend developed an intensive, fast-track biomedical technology program to train and educate professional biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) for developing country hospitals. Medisend has since trained and equipped technicians for over 20 countries in the developing world. In 2012, MediSend's Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ received approval from the US BMET Board of Examiners and the United States Certification Commission.
With employment of biomedical technicians projected to grow up to 30 percent in the US over the next decade, MediSend recognized the domestic need and in 2013 opened the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ to returning US veterans. Veterans graduating from the General Myers Program have found careers at healthcare organizations such as Baylor Scott & White Health, DaVita Dialysis, Aramark Healthcare, Becton Dickinson as well as the US Military.
In 2014, with the help of Perkins+Will Architects, MediSend opened new classrooms and laboratories, offering students the opportunity to study and train in a state-of-the-art environment with a high instructor to student ratio. The MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™ is located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend's global headquarters, in Dallas, Texas.