School of Medicine to recognize State EMS professionals on Nevada Rural Health Day

Certificates presented in Carson City on Nov. 15

Evan Klass, M.D.

Gerald Ackerman, director of the School of Medicine's Office of Rural Health, speaks to the crowd at the Nevada Association of Counties during the Nevada Rural Health Day recognition of state rural EMS providers. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

RENO, Nev. - Officials from the University of Nevada School of Medicine will recognize the contributions of Nevada's emergency medical services at a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Nevada Association of Counties 2012 Annual Conference in Carson City on Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Carson Nugget.

Evan Klass, M.D., the School of Medicine's associate dean for statewide initiatives and Gerald Ackerman, director of the Nevada State Office of Rural Health, will present certificates to government officials and agencies in attendance.

"It is, in part, because of the volunteers, staff, medical directors, air and government services that Nevada, with its vast expanses and great natural beauty, is a wonderful and safe place to work and live," said Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. "The School of Medicine would like to thank you for your countless hours of service that you provide for the well-being of every Nevadan."

The School of Medicine has a long history of partnering with State of Nevada EMS professionals. The School provides online training, has sponsored the rural state EMS conference for the past 21 years and offers technical assistance and educational programming to bolster EMS programs across Nevada through the Critical Access Hospital Flex Program.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval proclaimed Nov. 15, 2012 as Nevada Rural Health Day, stating that the state's rural residents rely upon EMS as the front line of health care in their communities.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.

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