UIMG + WCUI externs Help Arizona Veterans and Their Families at the MC StandDown

For the past few years, WCUI School of Medical Imaging has had the honor of participating in the Maricopa County StandDown event in Arizona to serve our veterans and their families in our community. The Maricopa County StandDown, is part of the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) program, which provides events open to ALL US military veterans and their families to connect them to critical supportive services. These services include VA and DES Benefits assistance, medical, vision, dental, and behavioral health services, substance abuse assistance, housing assistance, employment services, education services/opportunities, pet care, haircuts, hygiene, and more. 


This year, the local community clinic, UIMG, was able to bring ultrasound screenings back to the veterans. The Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG) is a low-cost & superior diagnostic imaging clinic in the great Phoenix, Arizona area with additional locations in Beverly Hills and Ontario, California. They work alongside leading Radiologists, Cardiologists, and referring physicians to deliver quality patient care. UIMG is a patient-driven organization, working in an environment that is characterized by compassion, ethics & integrity. They strive to understand others’ needs by working together as a team and bringing trust to practice every day. WCUI’s Susan Ciardullo worked alongside UIMG to help set up this year’s event. “We are even more ecstatic that some of our WCUI externship students were able to participate by serving the community and looking out for their good health following the pandemic.” 


UIMG and four of our WCUI externs volunteered to provide free carotid, thyroid, and abdominal aorta ultrasound scans for veterans and their families at the MC StandDown. Through their combined efforts they were able to help a total of 87 patients, getting approximately 3 screenings each, for a total of 260 ultrasound procedures! What an amazing experience! 

Thank you so much to everyone that assisted at the 2022 Maricopa County StandDown. We appreciate your support of UIMG, WCUI, and our veterans at the event. Volunteer opportunities like the 2022 Maricopa County StandDown event, allow WCUI to not only provide our students with real-world experience in the field but to help others in need. We love having the opportunity to help our community, especially our veterans and their families. We are proud to be a certified veteran supportive campus and will continue to support events like the Arizona MC StandDown to continue to help the Arizona veterans, their families, and more in the future. 


To learn more about the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) program check out their website: https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/avsa.html  

For details about this and past MC StandDown events visit their website: https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/mcstanddown.html  


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