At Parkhurst NuVision, we are proud to support the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. Purposeful involvement – specifically giving and serving – has been at the heart of the culture at Parkhurst NuVision since day one.
“While we always strive to provide the best possible care to our patients, we are also honored to be able to support active military and veterans as well as their families,” said Dr. Greg Parkhurst. “We have tremendous gratitude and loyalty to our active military and veterans and appreciate the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.”
The team at Parkhurst NuVision supports a number of military charitable organizations and events, including the Troops First Foundation and Heel the Heroes.
Vision for Mexico
Parkhurst NuVision’s own Dr. Greg Parkhurst partners with SEE International, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing needed ophthalmic care to the underserved in many areas around the world.
Dr. Parkhurst serves as a member of SEE International’s Doc network, which consists of more than 650 ophthalmologists from 80 countries. Some of the SEE Docs serve primarily as hosts for clinics, while others travel extensively. All the SEE Doc surgeons donate their professional services and cover their own travel expenses or provide accommodation for visiting surgeons. Working together, visiting and host volunteer eye surgeons have performed more than 440,000 sight-restoring surgeries, transforming the lives of the patients and their families.
The restoration of sight to a single person transforms not only his or her own life, but the lives of everyone connected to that person improves as well. Once sight is recovered, a productive life is possible again, and whoever set aside their own work or school to take care of that blind person can return to the field, market, or classroom.
Last year, 160 expeditions in 40 different countries and approximately 12,000 sight-restoring surgeries were completed by volunteer teams. In 2015, SEE International increased its impact by increasing its surgical count by 10 percent, offering more educational courses to U.S. and international ophthalmologists.
Troops First Foundation
Troops First Foundation works to provide meaningful assistance to military personnel who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through several relevant programs along with specialized events designed for combat-wounded service members and their families, Troops First addresses relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward.
George Strait, a friend and happy patient of Parkhurst NuVision, also supports Troops First. To learn more about Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, click here to visit their website: www.troopsfirstfoundation.org
Heel the Heroes
Heel the Heroes is compelled to aid in the successful recovery, integration, and empowerment of veterans, utilizing canine and equine therapy to mitigate symptoms related to the wounds our heroes have endured.
Heel the Heroes founders, along with a number of their peers, have experienced success in managing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress by being involved with canine and/or equine therapy. Their efforts serve the urgent need for help within the veteran community, as twenty-two of them take their own lives each day.
Finding a “new normal”, and being productive members of the local community are goals they help our heroes reach. Find out more at http://www.heeltheheroes.org/
Supporting UIW: Excellence in Patient Care Award and Annual Fundraisers
Each year, Parkhurst NuVision’s Dr. Greg Parkhurst awards one fourth-year optometry intern from the University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg School of Optometry with the Parkhurst NuVision Excellence in Patient Care Award.
Dr. Parkhurst introduced the Excellence in Patient Care Award to reward students who exemplify the values that are the hallmark of Parkhurst NuVision and that make for an excellent patient care experience.
“We consider a candidate’s technical skills, bedside manner, and book smarts when choosing a winner,” said Dr. Parkhurst. “Excellent patient care is incredibly important to us at Parkhurst NuVision, so we like to recognize young medical professionals for exemplifying the values that we see as our biggest strength.”
In addition to the annual award, Parkhurst NuVision participates in various UIW fundraisers through the year. “Dining in the Dark” is one of the most popular, where each attendee dines blindfolded to simulate eating as a visually impaired or blind person. The event raises money for the World Sight Day Challenge, and silent auction items include an All-Laser NuVision LASIK procedure donated by Dr. Parkhurst.
Anthony Vanrachack and Linh Nguyen, the 2015-2016 recipients of the Parkhurst NuVision Excellence in Patient Care Awards, pictured with Dr. Greg Parkhurst
Attendees experience dinner in a whole new way at the annual Dining in the Dark Fundraiser event.
In just about any home in America, you could find a pair of prescription glasses that are no longer being used. You could toss them. Or, you could change someone’s life by donating them and giving the gift of sight
Dr. Greg Parkhurst of Parkhurst NuVision participates in the Lions Recycle for Sight program through the local Lions Club. Patients are invited to bring in glasses and contact lenses that they no longer use and drop them in the Lions-sponsored collection box. Once the Lions Club picks them up, they are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength, packaged and distributed to people in need in low and middle-income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
“The Lions Club Recycle for Sight program makes it so easy to do a good thing,” said Dr. Parkhurst. “If we can help one child read, or an adult to do better in his or her job, or a senior maintain independence just by donating unused eyewear, that’s an easy decision to make.”