College of Nursing Honors Maliheh Free Clinic for 'Daring to Care' for Uninsured Utahns

College of Nursing Honors Maliheh Free Clinic for 'Daring to Care' for Uninsured Utahns

May 1, 2009 3:00 PM

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – It has been said that it takes a whole village to raise a child. According to Khosrow Semnani, founder of the Maliheh Free Clinic, the same can be said for providing adequate health care to Utahns in need: Semnani has been chosen to receive the 2009 Dare to Care Award in recognition of his efforts to establish the South Salt Lake volunteer-based clinic, which provides free health care at no cost to uninsured children and adults. The award will be presented during the 15th Annual Honors for Nursing, to be held May 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel (555 South Main Street) in Salt Lake City. The event is hosted by the University of Utah College of Nursing Alumni Association.

Held in conjunction with National Nurses Week, Honors for Nursing recognizes nurses throughout the region—and celebrates those who support nursing. Revenue generated from the event provides scholarship assistance to students at the University of Utah College of Nursing.
“The Dare to Care Award is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of their significant community contributions which reflect and promote the ideals of the nursing profession,” says Chris Stratford, RN, EMT, chair of the 2009 Honors for Nursing committee. “With the economic downturn resulting in job loss for a number of Utahns—and the subsequent loss of health insurance in many cases—now, more than ever, the Maliheh Free Clinic is helping to fill a critical need in our community.”

In October 2004 the clinic was just an idea, inspired by a conversation between Semnani and Dr. Mansoor Emam, an Iranian immigrant who came to the United States with a dream of delivering free health care to those who cannot afford it. The Semnani Family Foundation purchased a building at 415 East 3900 South in South Salt Lake and set aside the funding for the operation of the Clinic. Dr. Emam drew upon his medical expertise to develop a program supported with donations from a pool of talented and dedicated local volunteers and a network of medical institutions. To accommodate the needs of the clinic, the building had to be remodeled and Semnani credits community entities such as Geneva Rock and John Holmes Construction for coming together to transform the home into a suitable facility that provides free medical and some dental procedures for about 60 to 80 patients per day four days per week. Now in its fourth year, the Maliheh Free Clinic has been operating since May 2005.

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