Press Release Utah Business Healthcare Hero Award

Utah Business Healthcare Hero Award

Oct 25, 2022

Joyce University’s Daniel Wakamatsu Honored by Utah Business as 2022’s Healthcare Hero

Salt Lake City, UT – October 24, 2022

Daniel Wakamatsu, lead faculty of international clinical programs at Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences, was honored as a Healthcare Hero by Utah Business. He was listed alongside 21 other healthcare professionals, each honored for their contribution to the healthcare industry and the greater community.

“Daniel exemplifies the heroic nature of healthcare professionals,” said Sherry Jones. “He is passionate and enthusiastic about improving the health of communities, both locally and abroad. We’re happy to have him as part of the Joyce community as he touches the lives of our students and patients around the world.”

In his time at Joyce University, Wakamatsu has expanded the institutions’ clinical practices to include international clinical opportunities for Joyce University students. The international clinical program reinforces the university’s mission, vision, and values by providing immersive clinical experiences that prepare students to care for and improve the health of diverse and resource-limited communities.

To realize this program, Joyce University has partnered with two non-governmental organizations that provide critical health care to residents in their respective countries: I Am Hope in Guatemala and Clinica Esperanza, in Honduras. Since October 2021, 80 nursing students have traveled to Central America, gaining valuable clinical experience while supporting the mission of these organizations.

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    Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences, formerly known as Ameritech College of Healthcare, is one of the largest nursing schools in Utah. Founded in 1979, Joyce University’s mission is to prepare students to serve as competent professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning. Located in Draper, Utah, Joyce University is proud to have helped thousands of students graduate and launch lasting healthcare careers.

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