Encompass Health – Externship Highlight

Sue Bolyard, the Program Manager of Hospital Education, gave WVJC Online a peek at what our WVJC Online Clinical Medical Assistant students will experience during their externship at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown.

“Your WVJC students will receive training about our rehabilitation patients. We provide medical care and also functional care. Your students will learn glucose monitoring, bladder scanning, transfers, activities of daily living techniques, and how to treat the patient with CPR; Comfort, Professionalism, and Respect,” Sue tells us.

Encompass Health is a national leader in integrated healthcare services that offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. The organization is known nationally as it includes 139 hospitals, 241 home health locations, and 82 hospice locations in 39 states and Puerto Rico and has been ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for. Sue confirms this as she shared with us that there are many benefits and opportunities for their patients, family, and staff.

Speaking of career opportunities, Sue says that the company has benefitted from having WVJC externs, as several WVJC students that have gone through their facility have become employed after training with them. Sue and her team enjoy providing the training and feel accomplished when they watch students gain the experience they will need in their future careers.

Sue shares that there is growth happening within their business. You can expect to see Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown to be Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Certified along with their current certification from the Joint Commission as a Stroke Center of Excellence. “With the population aging, we are seeing more patients with chronic illnesses and problems that go along with them. Our goal is to improve the quality of their life!” says Sue.

Going into the medical field, you have to be determined but also have care in your heart for your patients. So when entering school, Sue advises students to “study hard, get a degree, be a contributing adult to our society, and take some time to enjoy life with friends and family!”

To learn more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

Paige Walker – Student Highlight

It takes years for some people to figure out what it is that they want to do with their lives. However, for one student, it came naturally. Paige Walker worked at Oceana Medical Center for 5 years, as a phlebotomist, but took time off to be with her two young daughters. Now that they are both in school, she decided to further her education in the medical field. Paige heard an ad on the radio about WVJC Online and decided to request some additional information. “WVJC seemed like the perfect fit for me since I could do Medical Assisting online”, she says. Paige loves being able to work at her own pace. “With two young daughters that are in school, very active in sports, and other activities; this allows me to keep a flexible schedule while still getting my degree.” Paige also loves the fact that she is able to come into campus and receive hands-on training.

Paige chose to pursue her degree in Medical Assisting because she enjoys helping people. “In my 5 years, while I was working as a phlebotomist, I knew I wanted to do more. I would always go watch the nurses give injections and take care of the patients. This program allows me to do what I love and teaches me the office side of the medical field as well.” After graduation, Paige is hoping to work at a local doctor’s office so that she can help her community as much as she can. She also has plans of furthering her education and one day becoming an RN!

“All the staff at WVJC are very helpful anytime I need them. I would like to thank everyone at WVJC for helping me take a step in the right direction for my future.” – Paige Walker