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Distinguished Community Employer Award Presented to Baptist Health-Richmond

Oct 13, 2014

Baptist Health of Richmond, Kentucky is the latest recipient of the Lexington Campus’s Distinguished Community Employer award.  The award is presented to employers who not only hire American National University graduates but may also provide externship opportunities where applicable.  Our award recipient for this term certainly exemplifies and exceeds the qualities we seek when we finalize the selection process for this award.

The award was presented to Amy Masters, RN.  She is the surgical services educator for the surgical services department at Baptist Health in Richmond.  A vital part of Amy’s responsibilities involve the evaluation and orientation of employees in her department.  “It is my responsibility to make certain all employees are trained, proficient, and job ready,” said Ms. Masters.  “We also have students on site and I have to make absolutely certain they have sufficient skills to maintain the highest standards of patient safety and care.”

Baptist Health currently employs three American National University surgical technology graduates who also completed externships there.  “Our affiliation with National goes back seven years and it has always been a positive experience,” said Ms. Masters.  “Since beginning my career with Baptist Health I have been extremely impressed with your surgical students and graduates. Yes, they are well-trained, very professional and knowledgeable…but they exude a rare level of confidence from day-one. Their level of confidence comes not from a text book, but from your excellent surgical instructors who mold them into the competent professionals we see time and again from your college.  We trust them and employ them and we will continue to do so because they know their craft and they are able to function at a very high level from day one.”

Pictured (l) to (r): Jennifer Schnelle, instructor at the Lexington Campus, Cheryl Howell, career center director,  Amy Masters, registered nurse at Baptist Hospital, and  Regina Shumard, surgical technology director at the Lexington Campus. 

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