School of Medicine, Orvis School of Nursing faculty honored as 2015 Healthcare Heroes

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Andrea Gregg, Healthcare Hero.

Andrea Gregg, 2015 Healthcare Hero in northern Nevada, accepts her award at the Sept. 3 awards dinner at the Peppermill. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

RENO/LAS VEGAS - Five Division of Health Sciences faculty, including four associated with the School of Medicine, earned honors at Nevada Business magazine's 10th Annual Healthcare Heroes award dinners in Las Vegas and Reno this fall.

The annual awards program honors Nevadans making significant contributions to health care across 10 categories in both the northern and southern regions of the state. Proceeds from both banquets benefit students pursuing careers in health care education.

In northern Nevada, three faculty members were honored at the Sept. 3 banquet. Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., received recognition in the administrator category for his work strengthening the school's presence statewide by increasing the clinical services available to Nevada's citizens and providing more educational opportunities for learners.

Kim Baxter, Orvis School of Nursing, was recognized in the educator category for her work as associate director of undergraduate programs where she serves a simulation coordinator and nurse practitioner coordinator for Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

Andrea Gregg, executive director of High Sierra Area Health Education Center, was honored in the community partner category for her tireless work in health care workforce development, public health, education and fitness.

At the Southern Nevada banquet on Sept. 2, Ross Berkeley, M.D., emergency medicine physician at University Medical Center, was honored in the educator category for his oversight and director of the School of Medicine's emergency medicine residency program and his role in educating new physicians.

Mario Gaspar de Alba, M.D., pediatrician with the medical school, earned recognition in the volunteer category for his work with the UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Grant A Gift Autism Foundation.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.