CAHS Alumni Develops Occupational Therapy Video for Navy

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Mar 312015
 

College of Allied Health Sciences alumni and Navy Occupational Therapist Lieutenant Junior Grade Trey Elam is sharing his passion for occupational therapy through a new video developed for medical officers and prospective occupational therapists interested in a career in Navy Medicine.

Produced by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the video features actual occupational therapy patients acting out occupational therapy treatments, showing the capabilities and services of the Navy Occupational Therapy Program and illustrating the unique role and benefits that Navy Occupational Therapists provide to patients recovering from life altering injuries or illnesses.

Navy Occupational Therapist Trey Elam uses a driving simulator in a treatment session with a patient in the Navy Occupational Therapy video.

Navy Occupational Therapist Trey Elam uses a driving simulator in a treatment session with a patient in the Navy Occupational Therapy video.

“Some Medical Officers that are assigned to Marine Corps units do not have much experience with OT and aren’t aware of all we can offer,” said Trey, “ Having the video to train new residents is a valuable tool so when they get out to their respective units, they will know just how much OT can offer.”

Through the video, potential occupational therapists and medical officer learn about how occupational therapists help restore mental and motor function to improve the lives of their patients. The video also focuses on how Navy Occupational Therapists strive to evaluate patients and their routines, determining the restorative potential of the skills necessary to continue their daily activities.

Using actual patients treated by Navy Occupational Therapists, the video shows demonstrations of standard occupational therapy treatment plans that help patients not only return to everyday tasks such as brushing their teeth or bathing on their own, but to also return to active duty.

Trey, a 2012 graduate from the Department of Occupational Therapy and now an occupational therapy division officer at naval hospital Camp Pendleton, decided to pursue a career in occupational therapy after volunteering with the physical therapy and occupational therapy departments at the Caswell Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Kinston.

“Both are valued services, but I was more drawn to the functionality of what OT provides to patients and how innovative the OTs were to create just right challenges and adaptive equipment for my brother who is autistic and a resident at the Caswell Center,” he said.

After dedicating 100 more volunteer hours at the Womack Army Medical Hospital for Physical and Occupational Therapy, Trey found his niche in the outpatient Orthopedic setting.

“I fell in love with splint fabrication and post-operative upper extremity rehabilitation.”

Trey says his love for the field was nurtured by Dr. Leonard Trujillo, current OT department chair and retired Air Force Major.  Serving under Dr. Trujillo’s supervision during his graduate research project and seeking his advice regarding military OT was instrumental in developing Trey’s passion for OT according to Trey.

You can learn more about occupational therapy in the Navy visit this site: https://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/clinical-care/occupational-therapy.html#ft-key-responsibilities

 

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College of Nursing honors 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

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Mar 102015
 

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, March 6. The event, which also recognized the college’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

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The evening’s honorees, from left: Rita Coggins, Roseanne Leahy, Distinguished Alumnus Dianne Marshburn, Madge Dews Thompson, Michelle Skipper, Becky Whitley and Pam Reis with ECU College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown.

This year’s class includes inductees from a range of impressive backgrounds, including a widely acclaimed Chicago-based speaker and author, the chief nursing officer of a major health system, two members of the college’s first graduating class, the former editor of the military’s Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, and several esteemed College of Nursing faculty members.

Not only does the Hall of Fame honor prominent nursing professionals, it has raised approximately $85,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fifth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, Kelsey Leonard, a master’s student in the nurse anesthetist program, was recognized at the event.

“This Hall of Fame not only recognizes our outstanding leaders, but is another way to give back to future generations of nurses,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing.

The 2015 inductees join a list of 70 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize a commitment to service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class:

Barbee Bancroft
Rita Coggins
Jeanette Jones
Roseanne Leahy
Pam Reis
Michelle Skipper
Jacquelyn Jones Stone
Madge Dews Thompson
Becky Whitley

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Dianne Marshburn, who has three degrees from the ECU College of Nursing. Marshburn recently retired from a 33-year career at Vidant Medical Center, where she served as director of clinical research at Vidant since 2008.

Learn more about the Hall of Fame by visiting www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof.cfm.

College of Allied Health Sciences Honors Exceptional Students

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Mar 022015
 

Excel22East Carolina University freshmen and transfer students who are either majoring in an area within the College of Allied Health Sciences or interested in pursuing a degree from the College and earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester were recognized for their academic achievements on Feb. 20 as part of the annual ECU EXCELS program.

Following a brief presentation by Interim Dean Greg Hassler, senior students and faculty members from the four undergraduate programs at CAHS, Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Services Management, Speech and Hearing Science, and Rehabilitation Services spoke about their programs and gave the students advice about how to make the most out of their majors and to continue succeeding in their college careers.

After hearing from the seniors, advisors Anthony Coutouzis and Kristal Gauthier presented the awarded students with an ECU Excels certificate, along with Dr. Hassler.

The following students were invited to be recognized as part of the ECU Excels Program:

Adams, Kathryn A.

Adams, Melissa D.

Alford, Carter L.

Almutairi, Rashed A.

Ayscue, Ashley K.

Baggett, Anna M.

Bates, Lindsey H.

Best, Morgan B.

Bogert, Hunter S.

Bridgers, Maci A.

Brinkley, Mariana E.

Bullard, Madison A.

Burgin, Stephanie

Butler, Jennifer B.

Cantrell, Casey F.

Clarke, Kimberly M.

Cline, Anna E.

Cooper, Alicia J.

Coro, Jeisy C.

Cox, Ashlyn B.

Currier, Madison M.

Daborowski, Jared D.

Dahrooge, Victoria M.

D’Artois, Kelsey A.

Davis, Kensleigh G.

DeGree, Meagan N.

DeRoche, Carina A.

Donaldson, Christina M.

Driver, Carrie L.

Echols, Aliyah D.

Evans, Brittany G.

Flaster, Traci M.

Fleming, Dusty L.

Furimsky, Stephanie A.

Gagliardi, Elizabeth R.

Garner, Elizabeth L.

Gibson, Wendy R.

Glenn, Corey S.

Goodman, Angela K.

Gregory, Candace C.

Hamiel, Kionna R.

Hancock, Paige E.

Hart, Dawn A.

Hauhuth, Kelly E.

Hernandez, Alicia N.

Herold, Amy C.

Hill, Matthew G.

Hoffman, Maria Christina K.

Holcomb, Michael J.

Houston, Kayla E.

Hughes, Anna J.

Jama, Hodan A.

James, Louisa D.

Jarman, Haleigh P.

Johnson, Chynah A.

Kea, Angela F.

Kline, Kylie P.

Koogler, Mary R.

Lancaster, Brittany D.

Lanier, Deanna T.

Le, TuAnh N.

Lee, Aspyn P.

Lee, Patricia L.

Luyster, Sydney R.

Marriaga Castillo, Abner E.

Marsh, Connie L.

Medina, Alexis M.

Miller, Jamie L.

Miller, Melissa L.

Mills, Kristina K.

Miranda, Shawn H.

Moore, Jessica M.

Murray, Harley K.

Nelson, Lani D.

Newnam, Andrew P.

Nguyen, Kristina Y.

Niccoli, Jennifer B.

Nicks, Charlotte E.

Palmiotto, Jessica L.

Paynter, Janis D.

Pemberton, Colleen A.

Phthisic, Rachel D.

Poole, Janice G.

Pozegic, Lejla

Price, Donna

Quick, Brandon F.

Ringenberg, Rachel N.

Robbins, Whitney A.

Robinson, Julie A.

Rodriguez, Angela N.

Sampson, Deion T.

Scales, Autumn K.

Schulman, Emily B.

Scribner, Haley

Skinner, Julia M.

Smith, Harley G.

Smith, Shadona R.

Stanley, Erica N.

Starling, Allison K.

Stevens, Erika

Stokes, Joel E.

Stone, Savanna J.

Strickland, Lydia G.

Taylor, Aubrie W.

Taylor, Garrett F.

Teeter, Meredith E.

Terrell, Teresa M.

Tisdale, Ashlynn S.

Valdez, Tatiana V.

Vue, Susan

Wallace, Shamika L.

Warren, Eddie E.

Waterman, Maryelizabeth

Williams, Vantisha B.

Wilson, Sierra K.

Ziegler, Melissa L.
The students then had the chance to tour the College and learn more about their intended or current majors.

This is the sixth year that the ECU Excels program has recognized the accomplishments of first time ECU students. For more information contact Anthony Coutouzis at coutousiza@ecu.edu.

Annual Mills Symposium Set for February

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Jan 202015
 

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The 11th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium has been set for February 6, 2015 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This year’s symposium theme centers around new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature keynote speaker Dr. L. Allen Dobson, the president and CEO of Community Care of NC. Along with the keynote address from Dr. Dobson, those in attendance will enjoy a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and a question and answer session with Dr. Dobson and the panelists.

This one-day symposium will feature information and sessions on:
• creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral determinants of obesity
• improving outcomes among African American women with Type 2 DM
• innovative approaches to mental health issues of minority adolescents
• community partnerships as portals to access
• improving health through community engaged dental education
• new models for empowering community and minority health

The event, named in the honor of Jean Elaine Mills, an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000, serves as a tribute to Mills and to bring awareness and solutions for health problems that plague North Carolinians particularly African-Americans and other minorities. The only minority rural health care symposium of its kind in eastern North Carolina, the event has grown each year, from 50 participants in 2004 to about 175 in 2014. The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation.

Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in October 2000.  Jean’s brother Amos T. Mills III, hopes to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to one of her former graduate school instructors, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of Community Health. Through a $25,000 donation to the Medical Foundation Inc. of ECU, the Jean Elaine Mills Health Symposium was established.

To register to attend, visit go.ecu.edu/cb13b252. The registration fee is $20 for students and $35 for non-students before January 24 and $25 for student sand $40 for non-students after.

College of Nursing rewards donors with pin painting

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Dec 302014
 

Pin Print-2Donors who make a pledge of $200 or more to the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s fund drive this academic year are receiving a special thank you gift in return: a print of a painting representing the college pin.

The pin, designed by the college’s first graduating class, symbolizes the values the institution holds dear. The 11” x 14” print is of an ECU purple and gold canvas painting by Greenville artist Dodi Groesser.

Gifts to the College of Nursing annual fund support student scholarships.

How to Give

Click here to give online now (choose “Alumni” or “Other” by “Giving Reason”). You can also make a check to ECU College of Nursing and send it to the address below. If you have questions, contact us at 252-744-6424 or willye14@ecu.edu.

ECU College of Nursing
4165N Health Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858