SOURCE: T-A Health Education Center

October 16, 2008 09:00 ET

T-A Health Education Center Announces Advisory Board Members

BUFFALO, WY--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - The newly launched T-A Health Education Center today announced the members of its advisory board, who will guide and support the T-A Health Education Center, located on the historic T-A Ranch outside of Buffalo, Wyoming, as a dedicated state-of-the-art conference center specializing in bringing world-class continuing education on rural healthcare to physicians in Wyoming, and other rural markets nationwide.

The founding members of the T-A Health Education Center Advisory Board are: Rex Arney, JD; W.G. "Jerry" Saunders, MD; Michael Jording, MD; and Kenneth Madsen, MD. The board will also name two additional national members shortly.

"We could not be more excited about the quality, expertise and commitment of these initial T-A HEC advisory board members. They represent the highest level of thought leaders in Wyoming healthcare, especially rural healthcare. They really care about the positive impact that good continuing education can have on rural healthcare delivery," said Earl Madsen, president of the T-A HEC. "Their leadership, skills, and guidance will be invaluable to us as we bring world-class continuing education to practicing physicians in Wyoming and to all physicians interested in rural health nationwide."

The five-star advisory board will help ensure execution of the center's mission, set a comprehensive and rigorous program curriculum, and establish relationships with the center's multi-party constituents such as professional associations, academia, rural health medical centers and industry.

Advisory Board Members & Backgrounds

Rex Arney, JD -- Presently a partner in the Brown Drew & Massey LLP law firm, Rex is one of the most respected thought leaders on Wyoming healthcare. He is presently co-chair of the Wyoming Healthcare Commission. He served in the Wyoming Legislature for 16 years and was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1988, he became General Counsel and Congressional Liaison for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.;

Michael Jording, MD -- Michael is a practicing family physician in Newcastle, WY who has been very involved in furthering rural healthcare initiatives in Wyoming. He has been active for over 20 years in providing medical education to medical students, residents, and other healthcare professionals, particularly through the Casper Family Medicine Residency and WWAMI medical student education program. Most recently, Michael served as president of the Wyoming Medical Society and continues to be a member of the WMS Board of Trustees;

W.G. "Jerry" Saunders, MD -- One of the region's foremost physicians and current director of Medical Education & Public Health at the University of Wyoming. He served as an examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN for ten years and was been president of the Sheridan County Medical Society and the Wyoming Medical Society. Jerry has been a University of Wyoming Trustee for 12 years, and Board President in 1996; and

Kenneth Madsen, MD -- Ken, a University of Wyoming graduate, is doubly board certified in general and vascular surgery and has clinics throughout the state of Wyoming. He practices vascular surgery at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with state-of-the-art treatments of all peripheral vascular conditions including angioplasty and stenting, minimally invasive aneurysm repair, treatment of venous disease and traditional vascular surgical procedures.

Starting in the Spring of 2009, the T-A Health Education Center will offer a full calendar of fresh and clinically relevant educational programs across all relevant therapeutic categories. The center's lead topic speakers will be nationally renowned therapeutic opinion leaders, who will share the program podium with a regional/local respected co-host. The center will partner with regional medical centers and industry in sponsoring the independent and rigorous educational experiences.

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