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(Neb)-UNMC Graduations Sat In Omaha And Gering

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/04/2019 02:02 AM
GERING - Spring commencement ceremonies for the University of Nebraska Medical Center move to Gering this afternoon as the College of Nursing West Nebraska Division and the West Division of the UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program hold their ceremonies at 3:00 in the Gering Civic Center

        UNMC is holding ceremonies in 5 cities this year. Lincoln, Norfolk, and Kearney hosted graduations on Thursday while the bulk of the 990 graduates will receive their diplomas this morning in Omaha.

      The Omaha ceremony will feature the honoring of 3 health care providers for their significant contributions to medicine, including Dr Catherine Jones-Hazledine, owner of Western Nebraska Behavioral Health in Rushville.

     Jones-Hazledine and Dr James Smith, an emergency medicine physician for Great Plains Health in North Platte, will receive the J.G. Elliott Award for outstanding contributions to medicine and health programs in Nebraska and UNMC. It is given in memory of Jack Elliott, a former Scottsbluff resident, a University of Nebraska Regent for 20 years until his death in 1974.

      The other honoree is Dr Darrell Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Kirch will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree for high distinction in the advancement of science and service in the health sciences fields.

     Jones-Hazledine, Dr Cate to her clients is being honored for her contribution to serving the mental health needs of the state's rural areas. She and her staff provide services in 8 primary care-based clinics in Chadron, Crawford, Alliance, Gordon, Rushville, Bridgeport, Scottsbluff, and Valentine.

      Dr Cate has worked with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska to improve the recruitment and retention of behavioral providers in rural settings and to establish programs providing rural providers with networking and support.

      She also worked with the Behavioral Center on well programs introducing high school students to behavioral health careers, and last year worked with UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute to establish a much-needed comprehensive genetics telehealth clinic in Gordon.


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