Midwestern wins WESTMARC education award

Dr. Kathleen Player, third from left, Midwestern University’s vice president of clinic operations and chief academic officer for the College of Health Sciences, holds WESTMARC’s West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award in Education while posing for a photo with other Midwestern representatives at WESTMARC’s 26th annual Best of the West Awards dinner Thursday, Nov. 15 at State Farm Stadium. [Bette Sharpe/Special to Independent Newsmedia]

Glendale’s Midwestern University was awarded WESTMARC’s West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award in Education last month at an award ceremony at Glendale’s State Farm Stadium.

In November, for the 26th year, WESTMARC’s — the Western Maricopa Coalition — Best of the West Awards awarded various individuals and organizations for improving the West Valley.

The West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award in Education is given each year to an organization that has enhanced the lives of West Valley residents through education.

Midwestern University Clinics offer comprehensive patient care at the university’s clinical campus, located across the street from the university’s Glendale campus, at 59th Avenue and Utopia Road. The Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic’s fully-licensed faculty physicians offer treatment in specialty areas including clinical psychology, family medicine, foot and ankle services, osteopathic manipulative medicine, physical therapy, speech language pathology and pharmacy services. The Midwestern University Dental Institute, Eye Institute and Animal Health Institute clinics provide standard and specialty patient treatment in a single location. Each clinical facility offers a complete, comprehensive solution for family and community care with state-of-the-art technology and resources, all at affordable rates.

Through its low-cost clinical resources, Midwestern University provides comprehensive healthcare for residents at affordable prices.

Dr. Kathleen Player, Midwestern University’s vice president of clinic operations and chief academic officer for the College of Health Sciences, gives an acceptance speech at WESTMARC’s 26th annual Best of the West Awards dinner Thursday, Nov. 15 at State Farm Stadium. [Bette Sharpe/Special to Independent Newsmedia]
Midwestern faculty and students participate in a wide variety of outreach programs, including Give Kids a Smile and the annual Health Careers Institute for High School Students. They also provide health screenings and education throughout the state and host numerous fund-raising and awareness events in the community.

Midwestern also sends its faculty and students to remote locations via programs such as the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Mobile Clinic and the Health Outreach through Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) homeless outreach program to provide onsite healthcare services for under-served residents and communities. Expert faculty also present informative community lectures on a variety of healthcare topics at the Foothills Branch of the Glendale Public Library.

Midwestern partners with many community and healthcare organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. (CASS), UMOM New Day Centers (UMOM), the Arizona Humane Society, the Delta Dental Foundation, PetSmart Charities and many more. The university, its faculty and students work together with these entities through grants and cooperative alliances to provide healthcare, healthcare education, and service to West Valley residents and communities.

The honorable mention for the 2018 West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award in Education was Arizona Charter Acamedy in Surprise. The 2017 winner was Peoria Unified School District, which includes three high schools, 10 elementary schools and seven preschools in Glendale.

Ray Malnar, Glendale City Councilman for the Sahuaro District, is a co-chair of WESTMARC’s Quality of Life Committee. Midwestern University is located in Glendale’s Cholla District, just north of the Sahuaro District.

Editor’s note: The above contains information republished from a WESTMARC news release.
Ms. Sharpe photographs and writes for the Glendale Daily Planet. For more photos of the 2018 WESTMARC Best of the West Awards dinner, visit GlendaleDailyPlanet.com.


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