Augusta Health employees earn certifications

augusta-health-headerDuring the first quarter of 2013, 19 Augusta Health employees earned national certifications in their areas of expertise, and two finished a Master’s degree.  Certifications require demonstration of extensive knowledge in a subject area, usually by examination, and degrees require a commitment of years of study and commitment.

“I am always very proud of the employees who have earned these national certifications and college degrees.  A career in healthcare is one of life-long learning, and national certifications and college degrees are very effective continuing education paths.   When our employees increase their knowledge and professional skills, the result is improved quality and service to our patients and community.  Certifications and college degrees also represent a significant investment of personal time and a commitment to excellence,” says Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, CEO of Augusta Health.

Augusta Health employees earning advanced national certifications in the first quarter of 2013 were:

  • Lynn Anderson, Patient Access, Certified Patient Account Technician (CPAT)
  • Amy Campbell, Laboratory, Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)
  • Susanna Carter, PCU, Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN)
  • Lorrie Dean, Business Office, Certified Patient Account Manager (CPAM)
  • Rebecca Dever, Emergency Department, Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
  • Yvonne Eisenberg, Operating Room, Certified Forensic Nurse (CFN)
  • Li Fultz, Information Services, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Karen Griffin, Business Office, Certified Patient Account Manager (CPAM)
  • Jeremy Harris, Information Services, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Arlene Macellaro, Augusta Medical Group, Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR) and Diplomate Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (DASPR)
  • Sara McHaffa, Case Management, Certified Case Manager (CCM)
  • Andrea October, Augusta Medical Group, Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Marvella Rea, Nursing Administration, Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
  • Patra Reed, Magnet, Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
  • Bobby Sims, Laboratory, Certified Phlebotomy Technologist (CPT)
  • Amanda Stone, Business Office, Certified Patient Account Technician (CPAT)
  • Leisa Whitesell, Emergency Department, Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
  • Steven Wray, Information Services, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Jason Yeary, Information Services, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Augusta Health employees who earned college degrees were:

  • Linda Freed, ICU, Master of Science in Nursing
  • Tracie Sansossio, Nursing Administration, Master of Science in Nursing-Infection Prevention Control

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or 540.221.7329, or visit our website,

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