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Five Students Graduate From WCA School of Medical Technology

Lt. to Rt.: Ms. Michele G. Harms, WCA Hospital Program Director, School of Medical Technology. WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology Class of 2007 Graduates: Christopher Bullman, graduate and recipient of the Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award; Melissa Cotter, Susan Covert, Tracy Heath; Courtney Thompson.


Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, July 24, 2007)—Five students from the WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology received their certificates and graduation pins at a special graduation ceremony held at WCA Hospital in their honor. The Class of 2007 Graduates are: Christopher Bullman from Butler, Pennsylvania; Melissa Cotter, Saint Marys, Pennsylvania; Susan Covert, Gowanda, New York; Tracy Heath, Saint Marys, Pennsylvania; and Courtney Thompson, Cheektowaga, New York. Christopher Bullman was the recipient of the Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award.

According to Michele Harms, WCA School of Medical Technology Program Director, "This was one of the best group of students ever! You are an amazing team of students and today is a special opportunity for us to publicly affirm your success and extend our sincere congratulations for a job well done. You are a remarkable group of professionals with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to meet a challenge head on. I have every confidence that you will make a positive difference in the world around you and excel wherever your dreams may take you. You have been given the knowledge base and tools; the rest will come from you. You are truly as great as they come!"

The graduation ceremony included remarks from William A. Geary, M.D., PhD, WCA Laboratory Director and Medical Director, School of Medical Technology. "It is a delight to welcome everyone here today and extend my personal congratulations to our Class of 2007 graduates. You have a lot to be proud about. Without exception, you are a terrific group of self-starters and self-motivated individuals and it has been nothing but a pleasure to know each one of you. No matter which path you may choose, a health care career ensures that you will play a unique and vital role in helping to build a strong, healthy world and life more fulfilling for those you serve."

The invocation was given by Reverend Donald Ray, Retired Hospital Chaplain. Michele Harms, Program Director, gave a glimpse into a "Year In Retrospect". The 2007 Class presented a power point presentation brimming with wonderful photo moments from their clinical internship year at WCA. Janet L. McMillin-Jaszcz, WCA School of Medical Technology Clinical Coordinator recognized the faculty for their hard work and dedication to the Class of 2007.

The commencement address was delivered by Patricia Eckwahl, WCA Hospital Director of Marketing and Public Relations. "You possess a spirit of team work and a contagious like-ability factor," said Mrs. Eckwahl. "Healthcare is one of the most noble and rewarding professions that you can go into today. What a wonderful thing to know that your time and energy directly impact people's lives and happiness. I challenge you to be the best. Believe in yourself - believe in the power of you. Take all that you possess - your compassion, your ability to be part of a team, and your like-ability factor - and pass it on to others. All that success will come back to you!"

Michele Harms introduced the graduates to a packed room of family and friends and Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Vice Chair bestowed the graduates with their Certificates. Mrs. McMillin-Jaszcz presented class pins to the graduates.

The graduates are now eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national certifying examination.

Graduates were invited to tour with their guests through the WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory.

The WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology is an accredited, 45-week, internship program offering intensive study and experience in clinical laboratory science as the 4th year of a Bachelor's degree or a post-graduate program. The classroom-based and hands-on clinical education is designed to develop a responsible and competent laboratory professional who will be prepared to pass an examination required for national certification as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist. To apply to the school, log onto www.wcahospital.org.


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