November 06, 2006
"Why Hydaburg? Simply because I felt welcomed into the community when I visited last July," Ray said. "It felt like home."
Ray started his medical career as a paramedic in Lincoln, Neb. He coordinated medical disaster response efforts for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) Nebraska Task Force 1 - a 13-state disaster response team for Rural Metro Medical Services - and also instructed paramedics at hospitals and rural agencies. After 10 years, Ray became the Safety Director in charge of Environment of Care Standards at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, a position he held for five years before returning to school to earn his Physician Assistant certification.
Ray holds a bachelor of science degree in biology (with a chemistry minor) from Kearney State College of Kearney, Neb.; a bachelor of science degree in physician assistant studies from Union College in Lincoln, Neb.; a master of arts in administration from Doane College of Lincoln; and a PhD in public administration from Kennedy-Western University, a distance-learning program licensed in Wyoming.
He is board-certified as a Physician Assistant by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants; a nationally registered paramedic with licensures for Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska; and a member of the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as organizations for PAs with neurosurgical and emergency medicine interests.
Ray won the Purple Pen Award from Doane College and a Medal of Valor from the Southwest Fire Department. He has experience in family medicine, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics and pediatrics. His personal interests are his sons, fishing, hunting and Nebraska football.
"I also am somewhat of
a 'techy' type person, I utilize a lot of the technology to keep
in touch with my two teenage sons in Nebraska," Ray said.
"We get online and do homework every night, a neat way to
be a dad from here."
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