American National University

Hospital Valued Partner to Surgical Technology Program

The surgical technology program at the American National University Danville, Virginia Campus recently presented Person Memorial Hospital (PMH) with the ANU Distinguished Community Employer Award.  The award was given to PMH in recognition of its ongoing support of ANU students and graduates.

According to surgical technology program director Jennifer Allen, PMH has worked closely with the program for a number of years, serving as a clinical site for surgical technology students and providing them with externship and employment opportunities. In addition, Sandra Satterwhite, director of surgical services at PMH, serves as a member of the ANU surgical technology advisory board and has donated equipment and disposable supplies to the program for educational purposes.

Certified surgical technologist (CST) Randi Lee is one of the graduates who was hired by PMH after earning her degree at ANU. “I had an amazing experience at ANU.  With the help of great staff and an excellent director of the surgical technology program, I was able to excel greatly,” Randi recalled. “Upon finishing my program requirements, I took my certification exam and passed.  A few weeks later, I was offered three jobs and chose Person Memorial Hospital as my home.”

“The staff at PMH has been very welcoming and willing to help me excel.”

“The staff at PMH has been very welcoming and willing to help me excel.  We have quickly become like family,”she added. “I expect to do nothing but grow in my career.”

Barbara Saunders, who graduated from ANU in 2009, has also enjoyed her time working as a PMH employee. “Within the first week of graduation, I received three job offers,” she recalled. “I chose PMH and have been here eight years plus. It has been a wonderful experience…”

Photo: (left to right) ANU graduate Barbara Saunders; ANU director of surgical technology Jennifer Allen; PMH OR director Sandra Satterwhite; and ANU graduate Randi Lee.

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