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Award Recipient Enjoys Same Family Atmosphere on the Job that She Found on Campus

Jun 16, 2014

Toni Powers, who received the E.M. Coulter Award during the Danville, Kentucky Campus’s recent commencement ceremony, has always been interested in the medical field.  “If I’d started at 30, I probably would have gone to medical school,” she said. 

When her youngest child was a senior in high school, she decided it was time to go back to school to pursue her career in health care.  “All of the chicks had left the nest, and I decided that it was time to do something for me,” she explained.

Toni found American National University online and enrolled in the medical billing and coding program.  She particularly liked the individual attention that she received in her classes.  “Every instructor knew every student’s name, and they were very helpful,” she recalled.  “They want you to succeed.”

After earning her diploma in medical billing and coding, Toni is working as a payment analyst in the business office of St. Joseph Health Systems.  “Quite frankly, it’s why I got hired,” she said of her education at National.

She feels lucky to have found a family atmosphere at St. Joseph Health similar to the one that she enjoyed at National.  “The people that I work with are incredible,” said Toni.  “We’re like a family.  I worked as a [federal] work-study at National, and I said when I was there that I hoped that I’d find the same family feel [at my workplace] that they have at the Danville Campus, and I found that.  I feel blessed.”

A-Medical billing and coding graduate Toni Powers is working as a payment analyst in the business office of St. Joseph Health Systems.

B-Toni Powers is shown accepting the E. M. Coulter Award from student services representative Mike Sutton during the Danville, Kentucky Campus graduation ceremony.

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