FORT SMITH, Ark., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegis Therapies announced a
new partnership with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
(RMUoHP) in Provo, Utah, under which Aegis will provide transitional
physical and occupational therapy doctorate program scholarships for
Aegis is one of the country's largest contract rehabilitation therapy
providers, serving more than 1,000 long-term care facilities, hospitals and
other locations in 38 states. RMUoHP offers comprehensive post-professional
education programs for therapists motivated to pursue doctorate degrees.
"We are pleased that Aegis has generously offered the Aegis Therapies
Scholarship to select employees who are driven to excel in their profession
and receive a post-professional education," said Stan Hartgraves, Vice
President of Academic Affairs for RMUoHP. "Both of our organizations share
a commitment to excellence. We are proud to be able to work together with
Aegis to provide their employees with a meaningful and obtainable
education, which they can receive while remaining in their home community
for the majority of the program."
The RMUoHP curriculum is designed to provide practicing clinicians with
the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors commensurate
with contemporary evidence-based practice and education standards. The
RMUoHP program prepares professionals for leadership roles in healthcare,
academia, and research.
Aegis Therapies and RMUoHP are proud to introduce the "first class" of
occupational and physical therapists from Aegis Therapies to embark on a
10- month journey towards a transitional doctorate degree. From a pool of
62 very impressive and well-qualified applicants, the selection committee
at Aegis selected six employees who started in the transitional doctor of
physical therapy (DPT) and transitional doctor of occupational therapy
(OTD) degree programs in September.
The employees who are currently enrolled in the DPT program are: Jill
McNally, Neligh, Nebraska; Brian Ong, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Ericka
Luft, Etters, Pennsylvania; and Megan Swan, Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
Additionally, Kevin Brogley, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania and LaDessa
Forrest, Wichita, Kansas are enrolled in the OTD program.
"We are excited to be able to partner with Rocky Mountain University of
Health Professions to provide our employees this opportunity to grow and
excel as leaders in their profession," said Martha Schram, President of
Aegis Therapies. "This is the first class in what we hope will be an
Schram noted that Aegis Therapies plans to sponsor future seminars with
RMUoHP's prestigious faculty, numbering approximately 120, to provide Aegis
therapists as well as external therapists with continuing education
Additionally, Aegis Therapies is committed to evidence-based practice
and will be building on the synergies with RMUoHP by conducting clinical
research. This research will contribute greatly to the industry, to
therapists and most importantly to patients.
About Aegis Therapies
Aegis Therapies is one of the largest and most successful contract
rehabilitation companies in the country, with operations at more than 1,000
locations in 38 states, and more than 6,000 employees. Aegis specializes in
therapy that is needed by nursing home, assisted living or home-bound
patients with medically complex conditions. Aegis programs are structured
around an older-adult Model of Care, and include Freedom Through
Functionality, a strength-training program featuring specially modified
Nautilus equipment. Aegis has invested in the infrastructure, employee
support and training to effectively measure and quantify therapy impact.
The focus on positive, measurable outcomes and clinical excellence helps
older patients achieve more independence through physical, occupational and
speech therapy. For more information, visit the Aegis Web site at
About Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
RMUoHP offers post-graduate degrees in healthcare, including doctoral
programs for athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses, occupational
therapists, and other healthcare providers and educators. RMUoHP's programs
follow a unique, non-traditional model that enables students to complete
advanced degrees without relocating. Curricula emphasize specialized
education in advanced clinical, research, and academic areas. For more
information about RMUoHP, visit the Web site at www.rmuohp.edu.
SOURCE Aegis Therapies