Aegis Therapies Partners with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to Create Scholarship Program

Nov 16, 2007, 00:00 ET from Aegis Therapies

    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
 selected therapists.
     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
 ongoing initiative."
     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

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