American National University

Health Care System Named Distinguished Employer

On Monday, August 13th, the Louisville Campus awarded Norton Health Care with a plaque recognizing them as a “Distinguished Community Employer.” As a large health care system that operates a network of five hospitals in the Louisville area, Norton Health Care is the third largest employer in the Louisville area and frequently hires American National University graduates.

Norton also provides externship opportunities for American National University students and serves on the campus’s advisory board offering suggestions and insights regarding the school’s medical programs and workforce trends.

“Because of Norton’s support of American National University in educating and hiring our students and graduates, they were the obvious choice to be recognized as a Distinguished Community Employer,” said Campus Director Vincent Tinebra. Stephanie Walker, the campus’s director of the surgical technology program, presented the plaque commemorating the honor to Mary Gragg, nurse manager of the surgical department at Norton Pavilion.

Carla Morris, a certified surgical technologist who graduated from the Louisville Campus, was recently hired by Norton Health Care while completing her externship at Norton Pavilion. She became certified as a surgical technologist when she took the certification test during her program at National, an opportunity that many surgical technology programs do not offer.

Ms. Gragg, a 40-year employee of Norton Health Care, said that she has worked with American National University students and graduates for many years. She explained that certification has become extremely important to the organization and that Carla, with her strong work-ethic and professional certification, is a good example of why Norton continues to hire American National University graduates when they add to their staff of medical professionals. “We are very, very happy with her,” Ms. Gragg said. “We would like Carla to be an example for the techs that have been here awhile,” she added regarding Carla’s certification in the field.

Stephanie Walker (left), director of the surgical technology program at the Louisville Campus, is pictured in the above photo presenting a plaque to Mary Gragg (right), nurse manager of the Norton Pavilion Surgical Department. In the bottom photo, American National University graduate Carla Morris (far left), and nurse manager Mary Gragg (2nd from left), were joined by the Norton Pavilion Surgical staff who gathered to accept the Distinguished Community Employer award from the Louisville Campus.

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