FamilyCare Health founder joins WesternU board

Western University of Health Sciences’ Board of Trustees has named FamilyCare Health co-founder Jeff Heatherington as its newest member.

Portland, Oregon-based FamilyCare Health is a Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization providing health plan services to approximately 125,000 members. Heatherington, who is president and CEO of FamilyCare Health, has a history with WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) that dates to its founding in 1977. While serving as director of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon, Heatherington helped bring together Western University of Health Sciences and Samaritan Health Services to build the COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon.

“As our presence in the Northwest continues to grow, we felt a need to get representation from the Oregon area,” said WesternU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Bond, DO, DrPH. “We felt that Mr. Heatherington would be a good fit for our board because of his long-term presence in the Northwest. He will bring a fresh business perspective in our efforts to include the Northwest on our board.”

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Willed body program directors, anatomists visit WesternU

Willed body programs provide future health professionals with their first “patients” and with vital hands-on anatomy lessons. The anatomists and directors who run these programs gathered for the annual Academic Anatomical Consortium meeting Jan. 12, 2017, held for the first time at Western University of Health Sciences.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.


Stepping Forward
The newest edition of the College of Podiatric Medicine’s newsletter, Stepping Forward, is now available. Click here to read the Winter/Spring 2017 edition of the newsletter. Click here to read past issues and other CPM publications.


From the Patient Care Center:

Invisalign at the Dental Center
The Dental Center at WesternU now offers Invisalign clear aligners. Free consultations are available. Click here to view a flier.


From the Pumerantz Library:

Book talk
The Pumerantz Library will host a book talk by Allen Callaci. His book, “Heart Like a Starfish,” is about his journey through emergency heart transplantation surgery and beyond. He will be on campus Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 in Compatriots Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Pomona campus faculty, staff and students can reserve a seat here. COMP-Northwest faculty, staff and students can view the live stream in Lecture Hall 2. Email or call 909-469-5323 and ask for Reference for more information.