Dr. Cox, Truman State Univ. in Kirksville, MO. Will begin the sixth year of the unique Eta Sigma Gamma Model.
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Eta Sigma Gamma (National Health/Science Honorary) Gamma Rho Chapter An MCQC Partnership
This section of the MCQC website was formerly devoted to the “Student Ombudsman Model” of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. The program was recently terminated, under protest, by a letter from the Regional Ombudsman Coordinator of Region Five. However, members of MCQC will continue to partner with the student group who are all members of Eta Sigma Gamma. MCQC members recognize the potential in these young people who will ultimately serve their communities in the field of health. Those who served in the ombudsman program have acquired a concern and respect for the elderly that will serve them well in their chosen fields of endeavor. The continued partnership will reflect the principles of Eta Sigma Gamma i.e., research, education and service, by providing opportunities for research, awarding scholarships and grants, recognizing individual achievement and participating in future projects undertaken by the students. Many former student “partners” have already entered the health field in some capacity. Others are currently enrolled in post graduate studies leading to careers as physicians etc. MCQC members are proud to have been a factor in the collegiate and personal lives of these outstanding young people and will continue in that vein.
Gamma Rho Chapter – Information:
Membership Expectations: Must be a Health/Science Major and carry at least a 3.0 GPA. Be actively involved in ALL major meetings, ALL meetings of at least two committees (choose Education, Research, Service) and ALL committee projects (evaluated by advisor). Applications accepted in December with a payment by due date of $45.00/year. Applicants will be notified in January if accepted. Money returned if not accepted.
Since 1996 the Gamma Rho chapter has received twenty-eight top awards including the Honorary Chapter Excellence Award eight times and the Founder's Scholarship Award numerous times. There have been seventy-one publications by one-hundred thirty seven student members in peer-reviewed professional journals. Three manuscripts that deserve special mention have either been published in prestigious journals or have been accepted for publication. They are, “The Student Ombudsman Model” published in the, “Annals of Long Term Care” A Clinical Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Vol. 11 No. 5, May 2003; “Facilitating Transition from Hospital Stay to Nursing Home Admission: A Hospital Based Long Term Care Ombudsman Program”; “Long Term Care Administrators Perceptions of the Ombudsman Program in the State of Missouri” – Accepted for publication in 2008. Total awards/Contracts equal $126,980.
Those persons who were instrumental in helping the Student Ombudsman Model become a reality in 2001 deserve special mention: Patrick Wheeler former ROC of Region 5 and his aide Claire Wheeler; Beverly Howard, Adm. at N. E. Regional Health Center in Kirksville, MO.; Karen Stone, Adm. of LaPlata Nursing Home in LaPlata, MO.; Marilyn Powell, Adm. Preferred Family Health Care in Kirksville, MO.; Nan Blickhan, Social Worker at N.E. Regional Health Center in Kirksville, MO.