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Physician Recognized for Hiring National College Graduates



Oct 08, 2013

The Richmond Campus recently recognized Dr. John P. Gillespie as the Distinguished Community Employer because of his long term employment of several American National University graduates.  Dr. Gillespie specializes in geriatric care and has more than 29 years of experience and five hospital affiliations. In 2012, Dr. Gillespie was awarded both the Patients’ Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition award. His small office of four employees currently includes two American National University graduates and he said, “Half of my employees are American National University graduates! So, obviously their education is an asset to my practice!”

On Thursday, September 26th, campus director Keeley Gadd and career center director Elizabeth Walker presented Dr. Gillespie with a beautiful plaque in recognition of his support to not only American National University graduates but the Richmond, Kentucky community. The high spirited office environment was an indicator of the cohesiveness of the physician and his staff. When asked if the National graduates were prepared for their positions, Dr. Gillespie said, “better prepared than I was,” and complemented them on being eager and ready to work in the medical field.

Dr. Gillespie said that working the complex field of geriatrics requires a particular personality with thick skin and a kind bedside manner.  He added that if he ever needed more employees that National would be his first call.

Pictured (l) to (r) are: Keeley Gadd (campus director), Marsha Lawson (American National University graduate), Paula Pingleton (NC graduate), Dr. Gillespie, Beverly Shearer, Polly Ramey (NC graduate), and Diane Clontz.

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