Mission Health, A-B Tech Name Recipients of “Mission Grows” CNA-I Scholarship Program

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (January 15, 2016) – Mission Health and A-B Tech have announced eight recipients of the “Mission Grows” CNA-I scholarship. The competitive program was open to Mission Health staff and their dependents, participants in Mission’s student programs including School At Work®, Mission Possible and Students@Work, and area high school students and community members.

The scholarship covers full costs for the CNA-I certification program at A-B Tech, including tuition, books, uniform and other required equipment. Award recipients are able to select the CNA program schedule (based on availability) that best fits their individual needs, with classes held initially at the A-B Tech campus on Victoria Road, and later in 2016, on the Mission Health campus. The students’ clinical rotations will be offered at Mission Health, and upon successful completion they will be fast-tracked for CNA-I roles at Mission.

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with A-B Tech to offer this program to our staff and to the community,” said Sheila Meadows, VP of Human Resources and System Talent Management at Mission Health. “Our goal is to identify great people who already work for Mission, as well as those who will make exceptional future employees, and to grow our own highly qualified caregivers by giving them a boost on their educational journey.”

Sarah Lee is a current Mission employee who was tapped for one of the full scholarships. “I appreciate the selection committee identifying me as a recipient of this scholarship to help me accomplish my goals,” said Lee, who has been employed at Mission since 2012. “I started in Mission’s Environmental Services department with a desire to grow within the hospital. In my current role as a dual skills technician, I help monitor patients and communicate with nurses, as well as supporting the unit by responding to phone calls, call bells and more. These positions have placed a desire for me to move into the clinical side of the hospital to help provide care for our patients, and this scholarship will help me move my career into nursing.”

Latasha Johnson is not a current Mission employee, but sees this scholarship as an opportunity to develop personally and professionally as a member of the Asheville community. “My career vision is to one day work as a nurse providing affordable healthcare to marginalized communities,” said Johnson. “Without Mission Health awarding me a full scholarship to attend A-B Tech’s nursing assistant program, I could never have the opportunity to achieve my career goals at this time.”

“These scholarships represent the very best in a long partnership between A-B Tech as an educational institution, and Mission Health as a significant employer for our region,” said Christina Lang, Coordinator for Health Occupations at A-B Tech. “Together, we are helping to assure a well-trained workforce to fill high-demand roles in our community.”

Besides Lee and Johnson, other Mission Grows scholarship recipients include Mission staffers Mary Castaneda, Marissa Pack and Roshunda Foster; and Anna Grace Barefoot, Brittany Pressley, and Kaitlyn Brown, who are family members of Mission employees.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 763 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About A-B Tech

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

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