Cox donates laptops to Intermountain Healthcare’s Physician Assistant Training Program


To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and International Nurses Day (May 12), Cox Communications donated 20 laptops, valued at $10,000, to the new training program at medical assistant of Intermountain Healthcare.

Cox Las Vegas Market Leader and Vice President Janet Uthman with Intermountain Healthcare Chief Operating Officer Cindy Lara-Hill and Cox Commercial Vice President Steve Westerman at the Intermountain Healthcare Clinic at 2825 Siena Heights Drive in Henderson.

The innovative three-month in-person program was developed in partnership with NV Careers and Goodwill of Southern Nevada to help increase the number of physician assistants (MAs) available to work at Intermountain Healthcare’s 60 clinics and facilities across the South of Nevada. This starter program allows unemployed and underemployed community members with no prior experience to enter and diversify the health workforce. In addition to coursework, apprentices must complete 1,200 hours of clinical training before being employed full-time as an MA I. Students work with current MA IIs and MA IIIs who have successfully moved up the MA career ladder of Intermountain. Apprentices alternate between primary care, pediatrics and specialty clinics. The program offers full-time paid learning at $16 per hour.

“Access to health care and access to technology, including internet connectivity, are critical to keeping our local economy thriving,” said Steve Westerman, vice president of Cox Business. “We are pleased to support future Intermountain Healthcare Physician Assistants by donating laptops to the program and information to help students connect to low-cost internet programs offered by Cox and the federal government.”

After one year of employment, Physician Assistants are eligible to test for the Certified Physician Assistant credential which they can then use to pursue a career in the field.

“Making sure these medical assistant students have access to reliable technology via low-cost internet and Chromebooks is key to their success in the didactic portions of this program,” says Keyona Cole, chief nursing officer for the health region. of Intermountain. “This provides a fair opportunity for participants. We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from Cox and know that these laptops will be of great use and benefit our community in the long run.

Intermountain nursing educators have been instrumental in supporting the clinical components of the program. Nursing education is one of the many roles that the nursing profession has to offer.

For more information on this program and to register for the next cohort in August, please visit

About the Cox Affordability Program

Cox, America’s largest privately owned broadband company, is dedicated to delivering digital equity for households of all incomes and economic statuses in Southern Nevada. Several affordable internet programs are available to eligible households. To learn more about Cox’s dedication to digital equity and explore affordable internet tiers, please visit

About Intermountain Healthcare
With sites in seven states and additional operations in the western United States, Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers, a division of health plans called SelectHealth with over one million members, and other health services. By helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare using evidence-based best practices to provide consistently high quality results at sustainable costs.


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