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Area Program Wins Local Honor For Exemplary Work In Healthcare Field

The Fulton County AVTS Allied Health Program was declared the winner in the 2017 Health Careers Start Here Award contest with a submission that illustrated how the Allied Health program is an exemplary program that prepares secondary students for a health career in demand.

The Fulton County AVTS Allied Health program is a three-year program that serves students in any of the three high schools in Fulton County who are interested in entering the healthcare field. Currently, the program serves 33 students that receive training in the first year in basic healthcare skills, medical terminology, communication, medical and legal issues, CPR and first aid training, and anatomy and physiology.  In the second year, students receive their Nursing Assistant certification by receiving training in conjunction with the Fulton County Medical Center.  In the third year, students have options of working in a Cooperative Education position as a Nursing Assistant, learning more in-depth of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, or gaining a second certification in one of the following certifications offered through the National Healthcareer Association: Phlebotomy Technician or Pharmacy Technician. The program was previously recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for having 100% Advanced Standing on the NOCTI tests as well as 100% of their 2017 graduates were enrolled in a college majoring in healthcare or employed in an Allied Health field.

The contest was a part of the sixteenth-annual Health Careers Week celebration that occurred Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017 and focused on the theme, “Health Careers Start Here.” Sponsored by the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, the contest was aimed at recognizing an exemplary program that prepares secondary students for a career in the healthcare field.

The winning program was recognized by the SAWDB at its Nov.14, 2017 meeting at The Blairmont - Hollidaysburg at 9 A.M.  The winning program received a plaque from the SAWDB and a cash prize of $1,950 to be used to enhance their program in its instruction of students. The awards were supported by donations from the following health care providers who were also be recognized at the meeting: Altoona Center for Nursing Care, Conemaugh Health Systems, ILERA Healthcare, Fulton County Medical Center, Somerset Hospital, Meyersdale Hospital, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.



Those in the picture from left to right are:
Steve Howsare, Executive Director, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission
Erik Damgaard, Director of Fulton County AVTS
Brandi Mellott, Fulton County AVTS Allied Health Instructor
Sharon Clapper, Clapper Industries
Jessica Patrick, Care Manager at Altoona Center for Nursing Care