American National University

Employer Partners with Campus to Provide Externship Experiences

The Youngstown Campus recently awarded a Distinguished Community Employer plaque to Reginald Wright, health information management (HIM) operations supervisor, from ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.  Mr. Wright serves on the HIM advisory board at the Youngstown Campus and has been an advocate of the externship program for students in the campus’s HIM program. With more than 20 years of experience, Reggie welcomes the opportunity to train externs in his department.  It has greatly benefited the students as they are able to apply the skills and education they learned in the classroom to an actual healthcare setting.
Despite his full schedule, Mr. Wright has invested time in many National students to assist them in learning electronic health record workflow and functions, birth registry duties, quantitative and qualitative analysis of medical records, etc. 

Mr. Wright, American National University, and Northside [Medical Center] started a wonderful partnership five years ago. “The students who extern with Reggie are thrilled that they learn so much and really enjoy the opportunity to receive real life training in a hospital setting,” said Mike Boyle, Youngstown campus director.

“The strong partnership between American National University and Northside [Medical Center and] ValleyCare Health Systems is invaluable for students as they begin their new careers; in addition to providing a hands-on learning environment,” commented Mr. Wright.  “We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with American National University; the students are knowledgeable, respectful, and eager to learn…We will continue to strengthen our partnership with American National University in the years to come.”

Distinguished Community Employer Reginald Wright with some of his co-workers at Northside Medical Center. 

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