Joe Emert, president of First Choice Medical in Maryville, Tennessee, and a former member of the Chancellor’s Associates, appeared at the College of Nursing April 19 for the Accomplished Alumni Program. Besides sharing with a sizeable class of nursing students some facts and features of his career—especially his entrepreneurial experience—Emert accepted the Accomplished Alumni Award presented to him by Dr. Joan Creasia, dean of the College of Nursing.
For the benefit of future nurses, whose practice is likely to require intercultural experience, Emert and his wife, Cindy, have established the Clariece Stewart Emert and Betty Simpson Papp Endowment for Intercultural Healthcare Opportunities in the College of Nursing. The endowment honors their mothers, both of whom were nurses, and provides financial assistance for students participating in healthcare mission trips. With the aid of this endowment, nursing students who otherwise could not have afforded the trip have traveled to Peru and the Dominican Republic and have thus enriched their appreciation for and ability to communicate within a variety of cultures.
Pictured above: Joe Emert accepts the Accomplished Alumni Award from Dr. Joan Creasia, dean of the College of Nursing, with the approval of an audience of students in the College of Nursing.