Pima Medical Institute’s Season of Giving is Year Round
Posted: November 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 24, 2015) –
Since its founding in 1972, Pima Medical Institute has made community service one of its priorities, providing students and staff with the opportunity to make their communities healthier while also giving students hands-on experience in the fields they plan to eventually enter after graduation.
In Tucson, Ariz., where Pima Medical opened its first campus, students and staff volunteer their time at one of the biggest annual events in the city, known as HopeFest, which serves thousands of underprivileged each year. Pima Medical provides a $25,000 sponsorship, along with numerous healthcare services.
A Pima Medical Institute Tucson campus student assists visitors at HopeFest in Tucson, Ariz.
Every month, Pima Medical’s campuses participate in various community events. They provide health care, goods and monetary donations by partnering up with other organizations that aim to make their communities better places.
“Giving back through community service is part of Pima Medical’s DNA. We have traditionally made community service a top priority and always will,” said Pima Medical’s President and CEO, Fred Freedman.
Here are just a few of the ways Pima Medical Institute is helping its communities year round:
Pima Medical Intitute's Mesa campus partipating in Lung Force Walk 2015.
Las Vegas Campus
- In November, students and staff from the Mesa campus participated in Lung Force Walk, hosted by the American Lung Association of Arizona. Respiratory therapy students provided the public with lung health tests, while other Pima Medical students and faculty manned a first aid tent and took vital signs. Pima Medical also donated $11,058 to the American Lung Association during the fundraiser.
- For the fourth year in a row, Pima Medical Institute students stepped up to be potential bone marrow donors during a Be The Match swabbing event in September. Be The Match assists those suffering from a blood cancer—such as leukemia—find a bone marrow donor through a national registry. The more than 180 Pima Medical students who participated were given a community service pin and certificate.
- In September, 25 Aurora medical assistant students volunteered at the 9Health Fair, providing assistance to those in need of health care services. The fair is Colorado’s largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit healthcare event and education program. It has served more than two million people since its inception in 1980. Volunteers provide a variety of services, including health screenings, flu shots and immunizations.
- In February, 40 students and three faculty members from the Phoenix campus participated in Vets for Vets Pets, an organization that provides veterinary care to the pets of U.S. veterans. Vets for Vets Pets was founded by another Pima Medical Institute employee who works at the Mesa, Ariz. campus. The annual event provides free pet food, exams, spays and neuters and more to U.S. veterans’ furry family members.
- In August, several students volunteered at Dream Big’s event, Kutz for Kids—a free community event that helps underprivileged school-aged children. Pima Medial students registered more than 5,000 children for the event and provided head lice, blood pressure and vision checks, dental exams and oral health education. It’s the third time the campus has volunteered for the event.
A Pima Medical Institute student from the Albuquerque campus administers an eye exam for a child at Kutz for Kids.
- Renton campus students volunteered in July at Renton River Days, providing the community with glucose, hearing, blood pressure and vision exams. The students printed out results and provided that info to participants along with information about what the results meant and how to discuss them with their doctors.
- For more than three years, physical therapist assistant students from the Seattle campus have helped make the Seattle Slam wheelchair rugby team’s matches—at home and away—a success buy supporting its athletes with everything from transportation and wrapping to scorekeeping and concessions. The students get hands-on experience working with the team members and supply a big dose of team spirit.
Pima Medical Institute occupational therapist assistant students volunteer with the Seattle Slam wheelchair rugby team.
East Valley (Arizona) Campus
- Since 2013, the East Valley campus has hosted CPR and First Aid classes for the public every three months. Each class fills up quickly with people of all ages. Participants receive a full day of information, learning CPR methods for adults, children and infants, first aid techniques, how to handle snake bites, heat exhaustion, how to use an EpiPen, assist a person who is choking, applying pressure to a bleeding wound, and more.
- In October, veterinarian technician and veterinarian assistant students volunteered, along with faculty members, to help spay and neuter more than 1,000 animals over a continual 48-hour period. The students assisted the veterinarians with anesthesia, pre- and post-surgery care, check-ins and more. The spays and neuters helped to prevent an estimated 100,000 puppies and kittens that might have otherwise ended up in shelters.
Pima Medical Institute Tucson campus students volunteer during the free 48-hour spay and neuter event.
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About Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.