South Bend campus director Tina Bonne and career center director Mary Mathews recently presented American National University’s Distinguished Community Employer award to Beacon’s Med Point Urgent Care. Office supervisor Kathy Schmitt accepted the award on behalf of the urgent care center, which recently hired two full-time American National University medical assisting graduates, LeToya Bradshaw and Chereka Fox.
Beacon Health Systems require that newly hired medical assistants have successfully completed a strong externship program, preferably within the Beacon system, and have passed the national Registered Medical Assistant exam, both of which are markers of American National University’s medical assisting program. “American National University’s demanding curriculum and challenging instructors prepare them well for the medical field,” stated Ms. Schmitt. “The American National University education is solid.”
She shared that American National University graduates come in prepared to do the work and are equipped with the knowledge of what will be expected as Beacon employees. Although the clinical skills are very important, soft skills can be just as significant, and American National University medical assisting graduates who are employed at the practice have had their customer service skills and sincerity praised by staff and patients alike. “Having a passion to provide professional and personal care is a must at Beacon,” stated Ms. Schmitt.
She further noted that she does not always receive direct feedback from the physicians, but the first American National University graduate they hired was quickly noticed, promoted, and specifically chosen by a network physician to work with his group. Ms. Schmitt hopes to have other top American National University medical assisting graduates on board in the future.
South Bend campus director Tina Bonne (left) and career center director Mary Mathews (right) present the Distinguished Community Employer award to Beacon’s Med Point Urgent Care office supervisor Kathy Schmitt.
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