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Summa Akron City Hospital Named Distinguished Community Employer

Mar 03, 2015

The Akron Area Campus recently recognized Summa Akron City Hospital with the Distinguished Community Employer Award in thanks for the long and productive relationship the two organizations share. Since 2010, Summa Akron City Hospital has provided externship opportunities for American National University students in the surgical technology program. The hospital also currently employs six surgical technology graduates in their operating rooms. 

According to Valerie Grant, the hospital’s OR educator, they would hire more National graduates if they could. She values that the students and graduates come prepared with all the necessary skills and are ready to work. “They all come a bit more mature from the American National University program,” said Valerie. 

Like any good relationship, this one works both ways. “I would send every student that I have there for their externship if I could because of the fantastic experience that they receive,” stated Akron Area Campus Surgical Technology Director Cari Gallagher. 

OR educator Valerie Grant (2nd from left) and American National University graduates Jamie Borbely (center) and Kayla Heisel (2nd from right) accept the Distinguished Community Employer Award on behalf of Summa Akron City Hospital presented by Akron Area Campus surgical technology director Cari Gallagher (far left) and career center director Amy Hickman (far right).