An intensive 11-month program has concluded at WCA Hospital, with seven new graduates.
On Friday, WCA Hospital's Medical Laboratory Science Program held its graduation ceremony. WCA offers a medical technology program for fourth-year or senior-year college students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in medical technology. The class of 2014 included Jonathan Flasher of Jamestown and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia; Kyle Jordan of Kennedy and a graduate of Gannon University; Lacey Staniszewski of Depew and a graduate of SUNY Brockport; Elizabeth Tiberi of West Seneca and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia; Kaitlyn Williamson of Salem, Ohio, and a graduate of Thiel College; Kandra Yeager of Portville and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia; and Christopher Zando of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Michele Harms, Medical Laboratory Science Program director, said the program is a yearlong fast-paced crash course on diagnosing diseases through laboratory work, with clinical rotations.
From left, Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president and chief executive officer, Michele G. Harms, Medical Laboratory Science Program director, Jonathan Flasher, graduate, Kyle Jordan, graduate, Lacey Staniszewski, graduate, Elizabeth Tiberi, graduate, Kaitlyn Williamson, graduate, Kandra Yeager, graduate, Christopher Zando, graduate, and Steven Kilburn, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chairman, during the Medical Laboratory Science Program graduation ceremony on Friday.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
''This year was the hardest thing to date,'' she said about the graduates' experience in the program. ''Don't settle for OK. Because each of you can be great.''
Janet L. McMillin-Jaszcz, Medical Laboratory Science Program clinical coordinator, wished the graduates good luck in finding a profession they desire.
''We all hope you the best ... in finding a rewarding career,'' she said.
Christopher Srodawa, WCA Hospital Laboratory Services director, gave the commencement address to the graduates. Srodawa said he graduated from WCA's Medical Laboratory Science Program in 2006, so he knows what each of the graduates experienced during the past year.
''It is one of the toughest years ... no matter what university you went to,'' he said.
The Murray S. Marsh Award was given to Tiberi for being the most outstanding graduate of the class. Brigetta E. Overcash, W.C.A. Foundation executive director, said the award is named after the former chief executive officer of WCA Hospital.