Meet Ace, the adorable dog on the right. A welcome family member to Dr. Compton Broders and his wife Maureen Murry, Ace is the inspiration for North Texas Ace Foundation (NTAF). Broders and Murry adopted Ace when they were in their 50’s and quickly realized that this adoring creature was completely dependent upon them. They learned that the things Ace needed to live, thrive, feel safe, and belong to a family were the same things that motivate humans. Like a pup, a person needs to feel safe, to have respect from others, and seek experiences that can help them grow. The couple drew on the philosophy of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs—from the basics like food, water, and warmth to self-fulfillment needs that allow one to reach their full potential. This philosophy is at the core of North Texas Ace Foundation (NTAF).
The North Texas Ace Foundation (NTAF) is a 501(C)(3) private foundation that is dedicated to helping individuals and animals achieve all levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Achieving this through donations and partnerships with other similarly aligned non-profit organizations.
Quality healthcare is something every individual requires in order to survive and thrive. The clinicians who deliver this care fulfill a roll in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, nurturing on the physiological level so one can move through life healthy and happy. At some point, these clinicians were students who were aspiring to achieve their utmost potential to master medicine for the betterment of others.
Through various efforts, NTAF supports organizations that make a direct impact on healthcare in the North Texas community through donations and sponsorships. In addition, NTAF provides scholarships for sharp, young individuals working in or pursuing a career in medicine. A few of our outreach efforts are featured here, with efforts continuously expanding.
The annual Broders ER Golf Classic draws physicians, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals from North Texas for a competitive fundraiser in support of the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, a community outreach program supported by the Parkland Health & Hospital System. Over the last fifteen years, the event has raised over $400,000. Over the last three years, NTAF has been a Safety Awareness Sponsor of the Golf Classic, which helps save the lives of 200 children by providing car booster seats.
As much as Ace, the inspiration behind NTAF, needs attentive care to flourish as a happy and healthy dog, so do other animals in the North Texas area. NTAF strives for the well-being of animals through its support of organizations devoted pet rescue, adoption, and veterinary care. Featured here are just a few of the groups we partner that provide animals with care, love, and homes.
Animal Hope Pet Adoptions helps “second chance” animals, ones that need a little extra behavioral or medical care, find adoring families. All four-legged friends are spayed / neutered, vaccinated, treated for heartworm, and screened for parasites. In 2016, NTAF partnered with the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (TCYLA) to raise over $4,000 for Animal Hope.
NTAF is dedicated to supporting future healthcare clinicians in our nation through its scholarship program. Today's pre-health students will be tomorrow's doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. By supporting their education, NTAF can help students achieve their dreams in medicine.
The Rebecca Keel Memorial Scholarship honors Becky Keel, a former PhysAssist Scribe who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2015. At only 22, Becky was a remarkable individual who accomplished an incredible amount while touching so many people in her circle. Pictured here on her first day with PhysAssist Scribes, her ebullience, energy, and amazing nature shine through.
Becky was passionate, adventurous, bright, a go-getter and a huge dreamer. A true leader, she lived her life to the fullest academically, through recreation, and her work and never let any obstacle stand in her way. She loved animals, rescuing many, and aspired to move to Australia one day where she hoped to care for wildlife small and large. When it came to friends, family, and co-workers, Becky was always there to lend a hand or an ear, no matter what was tasked of her.
Each year NTAF distributes a $5,000 scholarship in Becky's name to a PhysAssist Scribe that embodies Becky's spirit. Below are past recipients of this scholarship.
In January 2017, the $5,000 Rebecca Keel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Priya Patel, a PhysAssist Scribe working in Dallas, TX. Becky's family presented the check and gave a warm, heartfelt speech on how Priya embodies their daughter's spirit and drive. "Like our daughter, Priya walks through the world with purpose and uses her talents and passions for the good of others," shared Jim Keel, Becky's father.
Scholarship winner Priya Patel with the Keel family and NTAF board members.
Priya is a junior at Southern Methodist University and aspires to one day be a neurosurgeon, traveling the world to help individuals in underserved countries receive the medical treatment in need. She is not going to wait till then to help, though, and is in fact traveling to Honduras as part of the Global Medical Brigade, organized through her school. Congratulations to a truly unique and inspirational young woman!
In the past, finalists for the Rebecca Keel Memorial Scholarship have received a $1,000 scholarship:
The 2014 NTAF Scholarship recipient was Brittanie Knowles from the Dallas/Kaufman PhysAssist Scribes facility. From 2013, she was a Scribe and Scribe Trainer, playing a valuable role in I Am Scribe University, the company's scribe training program. As a trainer, she was a leader, encouraging scribe trainees to reach for the top. Brittanie exemplifies the core values of hard work, passion, dedication and determination. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she was a collegiate athlete that played softball and pursued her academic requirements for medical school.
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