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Jefferson Heroes

Extraordinary Ways We Are Changing Lives Every Day Jefferson Signs A rticulation Agreements with C ommunity C olleges

Serving Those Who Served Our Country

S urgical Technology Welcomes Inaugural Class

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Save the Date!

Third Annual


5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 Watch the Jefferson College website at for more details soon!

Sections A Letter from the President........................................................................................ 2

Jefferson Heroes ........................................................................................................... 8

Our Alumni: Elizabeth Worthley, ‘10...............................................................9

Our Students: Marrett Gilfus, ’15..................................................................10

Our Faculty: Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., PA-C................................................11

Our Donors: Health Focus of Southwest Virginia.......................................12

Become a Jefferson Hero.............................................................................................13 Jefferson Life.................................................................................................................14

Ms. Ellen Wade Vice Chair Mr. Joseph B. Wright Secretary/Treasurer Ms. Jeanne Armentrout Ms. Maryellen F. Goodlatte Dr. David M. Gring Ms. Brenda Hale, R.N. Mr. Keith F. Helmer Dr. Maxine M. Lee Mr. William R. Reid Rev. Joy Sylvester-Johnson The Honorable Philip Trompeter Mr. G. Robert Vaughan, Jr. Mr. Gary D. Walton College Administration Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President Lisa Allison-Jones, Ph.D. Dean for Academic Affairs Glen Mayhew, D.H.Sc. Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness

The New

Meet Erik Williams, Jefferson’s First Director of Development.................15

Meet Sara Nicely, Jefferson’s New President of

Our Alumni Association....................................................................................15

2013 Homecoming at Jefferson.........................................................................16

Jefferson Helps Roanoke City High School Students Learn

About Healthcare Careers...............................................................................18

Susan Polich, Ed.D. Chair, Rehabilitation & Wellness

Jefferson Congratulates Chief David Hoback...............................................18

Winter Commencement 2013............................................................................19

Ava G. Porter, D.N.P. Chair, Nursing

Jefferson Physician Assistant Students Volunteer for HUD

Point In Time Survey..........................................................................................20

Jefferson Health & Exercise Science Students Participate in Carilion

Clinic’s Go Red Day...........................................................................................20

Medical Laboratory Student Finds Love Under the Microscope........... back cover

College Accreditation Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.


Jefferson Matters Jefferson College Signs Articulation Agreements with New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges.............................................................3 The New Surgical Technology Program at Jefferson College......................4 Serving Those Who Served Our Country..........................................................6

College Board of Directors Mr. Stephen A. Musselwhite Chair

Anna Millirons, M.B.A., C.P.A. Dean for Administrative Services Scott Hill, M.S. Dean for Student Affairs Francis C. Dane, Ph.D. Chair, Arts & Sciences Sharon L. Hatfield, Ph.D. Chair, Community Health Sciences

Connie Cook,. M.B.A. Director of Enrollment Management Magazine Editors Mark A. Lambert Erik W. Williams Writers Mark A. Lambert Erik W. Williams Elizabeth Costa Connie Cook Sarah Cox Sara Nicely Photography Mark A. Lambert Sue Campbell Sarah Cox Laura White Kimberly Whiter Muncy Fine Photography Design & Printing Source4 J E F F E R S O N C H RO N I C L E


A Letter from the President Dear Alumni and Friends of Jefferson, What does it mean to you to be a “hero”? There are literally dozens of definitions of this word. Is a hero “a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities”? Or is a hero “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” Or could a hero even be “an individual who goes to extremes to save lives and/or change the world around him”? Certainly, all of these definitions could accurately describe a hero at one time or another. But our definition at Jefferson College of Health Sciences goes further. While encompassing many of the qualities outlined in these definitions, we consider the heroes in our midst to be those people who go about their everyday duties, making our world a better place. In this edition of the Jefferson Chronicle, you’ll get to meet some of these Jefferson heroes. Beginning on page 8, we will introduce you to Elizabeth “Betsy” Worthley, ‘10, a Jefferson alumna who put her skills into practice while serving in the Navy overseas. You’ll meet Dr. Wilton Kennedy, the Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant program, who is leading teams of students, physicians and other healthcare workers on medical mission trips to Africa every year. You’ll learn about Marrett Gilfus, ’15, a student in our Emergency Services program, who found his calling while saving the life of a fellow soldier in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan. And you’ll see how Health Focus of Southwest Virginia has been helping Jefferson College students reach their healthcare career goals for almost half a century. We’re proud to highlight these wonderful members of our community and I know you’ll join me in honoring the heroic things they do every day. Also in this issue of the Jefferson Chronicle, you can learn more about how we are expanding to meet the needs of the growing healthcare community in southwest Virginia and beyond. On the next page, you can read about the articulation agreements we signed with New River Community College and Virginia Western Community College to provide seamless transitions for students from their institutions to ours. On page 4, you can see how our new Surgical Technology Program is preparing students in newly renovated operating room labs on our campus. We highlight the efforts we are making to help veterans, active military members and their families transition into healthcare education on page 6. And on page 18, we detail a visit with Patrick Henry and William Fleming High School students at a local fire station to provide them with information about emergency services and healthcare careers as they plan their futures. While we take the opportunity in this Jefferson Chronicle to highlight a few of our heroes, I want to extend my thanks to each and every one of you. You are all heroes in your own way. Our challenge is to recognize—in ourselves and in others—the wonderful qualities we possess and the incredible things we do in the course of our daily lives. Only then can we truly see the extraordinary world we live in and the heroes all around us.



Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President, Jefferson College of Health Sciences

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From left to right, Dr. Jack Lewis, President of New River Community College; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice-President at Virginia Western Community College.

Jefferson College Signs Articulation Agreements with New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges On March 18, 2014, Jefferson College of Health Sciences President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop was joined by New River Community College President Dr. Jack Lewis and Virginia Western Community College Vice-President Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer on the JCHS campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke to sign articulation agreements with both institutions. The agreements pave the way for the community colleges’ students to seamlessly enter programs at JCHS, where they can continue their education to the bachelor’s level and beyond. “These kinds of collaborative partnerships are important not only to Jefferson, Virginia Western and New River,” Dr. Bishop said of the agreements, “they are also vital to students seeking a clear path to their higher education goals. As these students learn on our campuses, we’re preparing them to step into a variety of healthcare roles, which will benefit patients and the healthcare community at large for years to come.” At the ceremony, JCHS signed agreements with New River Community College for the Healthcare Management and Respiratory Therapy Programs, and with Virginia Western Community College for the Respiratory Therapy, Health and Exercise Science and Health Psychology programs. In addition to Dr. Bishop, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Wilmer, we were joined at the signing ceremony by academic leaders from all three institutions. “These agreements are another great step toward helping students from across the region realize their dreams of healthcare careers by partnering with our fellow institutions of higher learning,” Dr. Bishop said. Our local media covered our signing ceremony, and you can read their stories online by following the links below. • Roanoke NBC Affiliate WSLS 10: • The Roanoke Times: • Roanoke CBS Affiliate WDBJ-7: • WFIR Radio:

Jefferson and the Virginia Community College System

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In fall 2013, 712 of JCHS’s total 1,039 students (or 68.5% of our total student body) had attended a VCCS institution in some way, either through dual enrollment, transfer or just having coursework there before enrolling in one of our graduate programs. In 2012 and 2013, JCHS enrolled students with academic experience from 21 community colleges in the VCCS: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Germanna Community College J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D. Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College



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Jefferson Surgical Technology students with WSLS’s Karen McNew in February 2014.

The New Surgical Technology Program at Jefferson College It will take less than two years for the nine students who entered the new Surgical Technology (ST) program at Jefferson College to receive their diplomas. The 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree program welcomed these inaugural students at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester.

A student sanitizes her hands before entering the operating room lab.

Program Director John Ratliff instructs his students in the operating room lab.


Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Working under the supervision of a surgeon, their responsibilities include: •

Sterilization of supplies and instruments;

Preparing the operating room by selecting and opening sterile supplies;

Assembling, adjusting, and checking non-sterile equipment and specialized equipment such as robotic and laser devices to ensure they are working properly before surgery;

Assembling, checking and passing sterile instruments and devices into the hands of the surgeon during surgery and assisting with the procedure to maximize conditions that ensure patient safety.

Other common responsibilities include operating sterilizers, lights, suction equipment, electrosurgical units, endoscopic devices, and various other types of equipment.

The Jefferson ST program was developed to fill a need for these types of healthcare professionals at Carilion Clinic. The advantage to Carilion is having high-quality Surgical Technologists educated in the heart of the organization’s operations in Roanoke, while graduates of the program can look forward to a thriving career in a growing field. “More than likely, the students will be hired before they even graduate,” says Program Director John Ratliff, B.S., C.S.T., who moved to Roanoke from Illinois to head the program. “The job opportunities, especially in this part of Virginia, are outstanding.” With only four semesters to master the skills needed for their career, ST students jump into the hands-on curriculum right away. They are learning in newly renovated operating room spaces at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the campus of JCHS.

Organizing and checking surgical instruments are part of what the students learn in the program.

Surgical technology students listen during a lecture.

As the program progresses, they will move from the practice OR spaces on campus to actual surgical suites. Ratliff explains, “They will have close to seven hundred hours of clinical internship, scrubbing in on over 120 cases before they graduate.” ST class schedules allow students to work full-time while studying full-time. Visit to learn more about the ST Program at Jefferson College.

Jefferson Surgical Technology

at a glance…

In 2012, 98,500 Surgical Technologist jobs were available, with a median starting income of roughly $42,000 a year.* Employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 30 percent by 2022.*

A Jefferson Surgical technology student enters the operating room lab.

Stories about the Jefferson College ST Program were featured on’s Med Beat blog at and on WSLS-10 at

A student practices how to “gown and glove” in the lab.

Learn more by contacting the Office of Admissions at (540) 985-8483, 1-888-985-8483 or via e-mail at

*Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,



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Serving Those Who Served Our Country

Jefferson’s 2014 Military Friendly School Designation

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Jefferson College applies annually for this designation, citing resources and benefits made available to veteran and active military member students.

At Jefferson College, we are dedicated to honoring the service of both our veteran students and those students who currently serve in our armed forces, as well as their families. We offer financial support and benefits specific to these students and their families, and work to ensure they have all of the resources they need to succeed in their healthcare educations.

We have been recognized as a Military Friendly School® in both 2013 and 2014.

As a result of this support, Jefferson College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list for the second consecutive year. To earn this designation, Jefferson has worked to strengthen programs and resources available to veterans, active military members and their families among the student population.

This recognition honors the top 15 percent of colleges and universities that are embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

Overseeing these initiatives is the Jefferson College Veterans Affairs Committee. Composed of leaders in our College community from a wide range of departments and academic programs, the Committee has addressed a number of issues since its creation in 2012. Detailed below are just a few of those initiatives.

In addition to Jefferson, over 1,700 colleges, universities and trade schools earned this designation in 2014. The designation is given by GI Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The Military Friendly Schools® website at www. features the full list of military friendly schools. Learn more about Veteran and Active Military Member Resources at Jefferson College by visiting


Prior Learning Assessment Program Several members of the College administration, faculty and staff are now being trained in evaluating prior learning assessments (PLA). This program will allow veterans to earn college credit based on specific experience they gained in the military. As the program is developed and implemented, we will post updates on the Jefferson College website and communicate them to our students through the Office of Admissions. JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop (far right) with (left to right) Medical Laboratory Sciences Program alumna Aisha Ali, ‘13; current Jefferson student Sean Rahall; Associate Director of the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program Rhoda Murray; and Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill.

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The Veteran & Active Military Member Resources Webpage The Veteran & Active Military Member Resources page on the school’s website is designed specifically for prospective students and their families interested in learning more about what Jefferson College offers our veterans and active military service members. The page, located at, includes the latest news and information related to these students, guides to available financial aid and links to documents to help with admission, contact information for the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, and Student Affairs. In addition, the page features links to profiles of some of our current students who are veterans. The profiles provide a great insight into why these students chose Jefferson and how their military experience has helped them begin their journey to a rewarding career in healthcare. You can see some previews of a few of the student profiles below.

Activities Honoring Our Veteran and Active Military Member Students The Jefferson College Office of Student Affairs hosts activities each semester to honor and highlight the service of our students who have been in the service. In recognition of Veterans Day in November 2013, we hosted a reception for these students and their families in the Dog House, our student lounge at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH). At this event, veteran students were allowed to relate their stories and meet other students, faculty and staff from across the College community. We also set up a world map in the lobby of CRCH and asked our veteran and active military students to place a pin in the areas where they had served. By the end of the day, dozens of pins were on the map in countries from Afghanistan and Iraq to Germany and Japan.

JCHS VETERAN PROFILES As an ongoing feature, Jefferson College is introducing you to members of our community who have served in the military with our Veteran Profiles. The full profiles can be found on the Veteran and Active Military Member Resources webpage at Below are previews of those profiles. MEET STEPHEN HARRIS Stephen Harris, an Army veteran, former Roanoke County deputy sheriff, husband and father of three children (ages seven, four and 11) found his niche at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The skills he learned on the job and in the military were easily translatable to the demands of his education. You can read more about Stephen by visiting MEET MISTI HAGERMAN-BEARD As a former Marine, Misti Hagerman-Beard doesn’t shrink from tough choices or tough jobs. That’s one of the reasons she chose the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Healthcare Management program, which offers her the chance to cultivate her skills as a leader while integrating her interest in healthcare. You can read more about Misti by visiting MEET JAY WYNN Jay Wynn knows he’s very good at helping people who want to help themselves. That’s why he’s perfectly suited to the Jefferson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program. While a Marine, Jay had the opportunity to live in Okinawa, Japan, and travel the world as a loadmaster on a KC-130, which transported everything from “Band-Aids to bullets,” and sometimes, wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. You can read more about Jay by visiting MEET MARRETT GILFUS Marrett Gilfus, a student in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Emergency Services Program, recalled the moment he knew he would make a good paramedic. He had been trained as a combat lifesaver in the Marine Corps, and Marrett helped save the life of a fellow Marine during a firefight in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. You can read Marrett’s entire profile in the “Jefferson Heroes” section in this edition of the Jefferson Chronicle, beginning on page 8.





Extraordinary Ways We Are Changing Lives Every Day The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a hero as “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” Our culture routinely places people on pedestals for these types of acts or qualities and calls them “heroes.” From movie stars and professional athletes to politicians and business industry CEOs, we apply this label liberally. But what about the everyday heroes all around us—those people who aren’t the lead story on the news or the subject of the first article on your news feed? What about those people who


go about their regular duties every day, making our world a better place? It’s these people who we want to shine the spotlight on in this issue of the Jefferson Chronicle. On the next few pages, you’ll meet some of the heroes at Jefferson College. You’ll meet a student who found his calling in healthcare during a firefight in Afghanistan; a Jefferson alumna who put the skills she learned in our Physician Assistant program to use in the Navy half a world away; a member of our faculty who leads a team of students, physicians and

other healthcare providers on medical missions to Africa every year; and a local organization that has donated funds to help thousands of Jefferson students achieve their dreams of healthcare careers for the last 47 years. These are just a few examples of the extraordinary people who make up our community and friends at Jefferson. We hope you’ll join us in thanking them, as well as everyone in our midst who are doing heroic things every day, for all they do to improve the health of our families, friends and neighbors.



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Elizabeth Worthley, ‘10

Graduate of the Jefferson College Physician Assistant Program Elizabeth “Betsy” Worthley (née Tomlinson) graduated from the Jefferson Physician Assistant program in December 2010 and has put her education to use from Hawaii to Afghanistan to Reston, VA. Before entering JCHS with a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, and a minor in Chemistry, Worthley worked as a psychometrician in Carilion Clinic’s neuropsychology department. While in her first semester at JCHS, she was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship Program from the Navy—a very competitive scholarship that few are offered. This meant, of course, that in return for the Navy paying for tuition, books and a stipend, she in turn would give them eight years of service, three in active duty. That duty included Hawaii as well as Afghanistan. There were a lot of positives with that— she would be placed by the Navy, rather than hunt for a job. She was an officer. And at the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii at Keneohe Bay, she had about 700 patients ages two to 65. In October 2011, she arrived in Paktika, Afghanistan, as the senior medical officer for 100 members of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). “The role of the PRT is to rebuild Afghanistan, province by province. My unit was very fortunate in that no one was injured, but I also volunteered hours at the forward surgical team assisting with traumas that came in from Eastern Afghanistan. As the Level 2 Trauma Hub, we were the first stop for any injured military member.” She said that her previous experience prepared her for this exposure to life and death, and she saw it often there, but it became harder to swallow once she was back in Hawaii. This experience left her with a great appreciation of the little luxuries that she had always taken for granted. “We rebuilt the province, so we went out into town to talk to the director of public health, and the local women and men. I was able to see with my own eyes their lifestyle and how terrible it was. This is something that normal Americans don’t see, and if they do, it’s on television,” she said. Not only is she proud to be an American, she is also proud that she is “one of the few U.S. people to wear the uniform. I have pride in that. I did three short years, but that will be with me for the rest of my life. It’s made me a better healthcare provider.” Betsy said the experience has made her more compassionate and empathetic.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Worthley, ’10 in Afghanistan.

The Jefferson College PA program and her Navy training had much in common, she recalled. Both were very serious about participants giving “110 percent. You have to give it 110 percent, or you aren’t going to make it. The PA program is a very professional, very serious program. The military is that way, too – you can’t do mediocre because it’s lives you are talking about. Jefferson ingrained that in me.” Betsy is now stateside, working as a PA at Town Center Orthopaedics in Reston, VA, married to a Navy fighter pilot she met on deployment. While she trained in family practice and had a caseload of active duty, retired, and dependents in Hawaii, she will transition to this new field with on-the-job training at this orthopaedic center. “I have always been an active individual and valued health and fitness, and this will be all about musculoskeletal,” she said. She will eventually have her own patients and also be able to assist in the operating room. Jefferson, she said, had high expectations for its PA students, which in turn “made us have high expectations for our jobs.” Whether in a health clinic, a surgical team in Afghanistan, or in an orthopaedic setting, Betsy has given her 110 percent. J E F F E R S O N C H RO N I C L E




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Marrett Gilfus, ‘15

Student in the Jefferson College Emergency Services Program Marrett Gilfus recalls the moment he knew he would make a good paramedic, while serving as a Marine in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He had been trained as a combat lifesaver in the Corps, which doesn’t have its own medical corpsmen. That day, he was rear man in a QRF, or quick reaction force. He and the others took fire from behind, and he happened to have machine gun ammunition on him. “I ran back down the line of patrol yelling, ‘Who got shot? Who got shot?’,” Marrett says. When he realized that the gunner, a close friend of his, was hit, Marrett turned the ammunition over to his lieutenant and ran to him. The gunner had been shot in the chest, and while his QRF provided covering fire, Marrett applied a chest seal and dressing on the wound to stop the bleeding. That wasn’t the only time Marrett was calm under unnerving circumstances in a combat zone. At one point, his mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle rolled over into a ditch filled with water. Being the turret gunner, he found himself upside down in the water, fully expecting to drown. His first thought was that his life was over—and then he heard shouting and realized that he could force his way free. “I worry about everyday things a lot less since then,” he says. Marrett was in the Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011 and has brought his skills as a combat lifesaver to Jefferson, where he is a student in the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services program, with a concentration in critical care. He anticipates graduating in May 2015. “I’m a lot calmer than I used to be,” he says. At 25, he is also older than many of the other students in this program, and he thinks that his maturity, as well as his experience in the Marine Corps, has given him a resistance to panic. “I’m focused when something is going wrong,” Marrett says. “Some just aren’t ready for that.” A professor in the Emergency Services program once told him that it’s not his emergency; it’s the patient’s, so there really isn’t any need to panic. All he has to do is calmly apply all he’s learned and he will save lives. Marrett is focused and devoted to his studies, intending to apply for a job after graduation with either Roanoke City or County in their emergency response units. As a student, he is currently volunteering with the Vinton First Aid Crew and relishes the choice he’s made to go into what he calls “a stressful field. It’s hours and hours of nothing, followed by a few minutes of applying everything you have learned all at once.” Marrett Gilfus, ’15, Emergency Services Program.


Marrett is a Jefferson Hero for many reasons. We recognize his commitment to protecting our country by serving in the military; his devotion to becoming a lifesaver through his studies; and his plans to continue serving the Roanoke Valley and beyond as a first responder when he graduates.




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Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., PA-C

Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Program For Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., PA-C, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) Program, global health is not something simply discussed in class or read in a textbook—it’s something you put into practice. That practice has taken Wilton and students in the PA program to Africa in each of the last three years. In 2011, Wilton organized the first trip, which took a team to Ghana that included, in addition to himself, transitional pediatric residents from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH), physicians, students in public health classes, and Jefferson PA students. The trips have proven to be an invaluable educational tool and one that serves to set the Jefferson College PA program in a unique group among its peers. Wilton led a second team to Ghana in 2012 and just this past September, Wilton and ten PA students partnered with Kissito Healthcare International to spend two weeks in Uganda at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and outlying rural clinics and hospitals. “In rural hospitals and clinics, the PA students delivered needed supplies, including a stretcher ambulance for transporting patients along a footpath, and provided health education to patients. We go there to learn and to provide services where they are needed most,” says Wilton. “We don’t just go there to provide healthcare for two weeks and leave; we want to leave something lasting.” In addition to their knowledge and skills, Wilton and his team of students brought “birthing kits” with them on the 2013 expedition. Routine items provided during medical procedures in the United States are not routinely available in Uganda. The residents of that country must either provide the supplies themselves or go without them. The kits, assembled by the PA students, provide those supplies. Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., PA-C, Physician Assistant Program.

Having lived in Guatemala and Mexico, Wilton’s passion for global health initiatives is unmistakable and contagious. Students are already expressing interest and lining up to participate in his next trip this fall. As Wilton puts it, “This is not about medical tourism. This is an important tool for students to have a broad perspective of global health issues and will hopefully ignite a spark so that they can be more service oriented.” Wilton has worked to craft this experience into a global health elective here at Jefferson College that is about cultural sensitivity, developing awareness of other medical practices and critical self-reflection. “We give to them and they give to us,” Wilton says. Lectures are shared back and forth between the medical providers in Africa and the students while in country. Wilton wanted to establish long-term relationships with reciprocity to assist with training their medical providers while enhancing the education of our own students here at Jefferson. While such opportunities will take time and funding, Wilton is committed to making that a reality. “For me, it is about getting students to do whatever they can, wherever they are,” Wilton adds. While all of the faculty and staff at Jefferson College go above and beyond the call of duty, Wilton has added an international effort to improve the health of rural Africans to his many duties. Heroic or not, he and his students have made the greatest impact on countless individuals: they have hope for a healthier future.





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Health Focus of Southwest Virginia Supporter of Jefferson Students in Achieving their Healthcare Career Goals From the moment of their founding 50 years ago, Health Focus of Southwest Virginia (which began as the Lewis-Gale Foundation) has been committed to supporting the education of medical professionals across the region. Today, after a half-century of service, they have awarded over $3.2 million to approximately 4,800 students pursuing healthcare careers, and in the process, made a “heroic” impact on numerous Jefferson College of Health Sciences students. According to Health Focus President Judith “Judy” Hagadorn, Health Focus’s support of Jefferson College began in 1967 with scholarships offered to nursing students enrolled in the Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley School of Nursing, one of the predecessors of Jefferson College. While Health Focus supports students from Lynchburg to Grundy and beyond, the largest recipient of their scholarship funding is Jefferson College students. “We have had our biggest impact through scholarships,” says Judy. In the last 47 years, Judy estimates that Health Focus has contributed over $750,000 in funding to support 1,005 students at Jefferson College and our predecessor institutions. “Their support has really allowed many Jefferson graduates to work and build a more healthy and vibrant community for us all,” says Dr. Lisa AllisonJones, Jefferson College Dean of Academic Affairs and Health Focus Board of Directors member. “We need others like Health Focus to join with us to make certain students can access the highest quality healthcare education possible in our region.”

Health Focus President Judith Hagadorn with Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Dr. Allison-Jones is one of 21 board members that Judy says, “are the most amazing part of this organization.” Their passion and dedication are obvious through their commitment of time and resources to support the organization and its many programs, including CPR training, support groups, lectures and their school sports physicals. Health Focus also relies heavily on volunteers, especially those who are graduates of the Lewis-Gale Hospital School of Nursing, a Jefferson College founding school. In addition, current Jefferson College Physical Therapist Assistant students have helped with Health Focus’s school sports physicals for many years. With all of these connections, it is no wonder that Health Focus and Jefferson College of Health Sciences have been partners in providing the highest quality healthcare education to students for decades. With a continued focus on the original mission of providing medical education for healthcare professionals and the community, being a repository for medical museum items, and health career scholarships, Health Focus of Southwest Virginia looks forward to another 50 years plus of service to the region. For the many students at Jefferson College who have benefited from Health Focus’s generosity, their support has meant a lifetime of possibilities because of their education at Jefferson. Not only has Health Focus made a lasting impact on the lives of their scholarship recipients, they have allowed Jefferson’s graduates to make their own heroic impact on their communities by providing for a healthier future for us all.




Being a hero isn’t always about the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, rescuing the “damsel” in distress, or even ridding the world of evildoers.

Being a hero is often much more simple; it is changing another’s life for the better. The faculty and staff of Jefferson College of Health Sciences are heroes in every sense of the word through their actions in and out of the classroom and clinical setting. You can join them in their journey to produce ethical, knowledgeable, competent, and caring healthcare professionals by supporting Jefferson today. Through a named annual scholarship supporting student achievement to a named fund supporting your program of study to a planned gift leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come, your support of Jefferson College of Health Sciences makes you a hero in a very important way to our over 1,000 students. You have the power to change a student’s life for the better.

Give the gift of a brighter future through education. Become a hero.

Support Jefferson College of Health Sciences today. For information on how you can become a Jefferson hero, contact Erik Williams, Director of Development, at (540) 224-4644 or Visit us at to make your secure online gift or complete the giving envelope enclosed in this edition of the Jefferson Chronicle.



jefferson life New Features

The New

Desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet friendly design.

In November 2013, Jefferson College proudly introduced the newly redesigned college website at http://www.jchs. edu. Our address is the same, but the new site provides a more dynamic platform for showcasing all the College has to offer and an improved, user-friendly navigation to help make locating information much more intuitive.

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Responsive layout that changes depending on the device being used. User-friendly navigation makes finding the content you are looking for easier. Enhanced search, FAQs, articles, press release info and more, just a few clicks away. More focus on our academic programs and opportunities for students. Higher visibility of upcoming events and activities at the College via an online calendar. Look and feel that is more representative of the College. An interactive health sciences library site. Event galleries with pictures from activities taking place on campus and in the community. A faculty and staff directory searchable by name, department or area. Online resources for our alumni, current students, faculty and staff. Links to the college’s social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more by contacting the Office of Communications & College Relations at (540) 985-9031 or via e-mail at


“We know that the audiences interested in learning more about Jefferson College of Health Sciences are increasingly using the Internet to discover us,” said Mark Lambert, Coordinator for Communications and College Relations. “Whether they are accessing our online profile through their desktop computers, their tablets or their phones, we are committed to providing easy-to-access information in a user-friendly format. And we know that begins with our website.” The new is built on a content management system that allows the College to more efficiently and effectively contribute content, with a core team of web developers continually updating the site. “The redesigned website is an opportunity to reintroduce Jefferson College to the southwest Virginia region and beyond in a whole new way,” Lambert says. “Whether a visitor to the site is a high school or community college student seeking to advance their education or someone curious about what we do at Jefferson, we want them to come away with all the information they need. And we feel we have created a site that is more interactive, engaging and technologically advanced than anything we’ve had before.” Visit the Jefferson College website today at

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JEFFERSON’S FIRST DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Jefferson College of Health Sciences recently welcomed its first Director of Development, Erik W. Williams, to campus. Erik’s charge is to expand and enhance the College’s resource development efforts to support the success of our students, faculty, and staff, a charge that he could not be happier to take up. Described as “multi-facuted” (yes, the spelling is correct) by a former supervisor, Erik joins Jefferson with an extensive development background. Erik began his career as the Special Projects and Alumni Coordinator at his alma mater, Wytheville Community College, before accepting the position of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Coordinator at Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) in Roanoke, becoming the first full-time Alumni Relations coordinator at a Virginia community college. Erik then moved into the Communications and Annual Giving position at VWCC, overseeing the college’s marketing and annual giving initiatives, and finally became the Coordinator of Resource Development at VWCC before joining Jefferson in January 2014. Erik has presented extensively on alumni engagement, strategic planning, marketing, social media, and other development initiatives for regional and national resource development organizations. Erik holds several Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees from Wytheville Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Radford University. Erik will complete his Master of Arts from Hollins University this October. “The timing could not be any more perfect to increase our development efforts here at Jefferson College of Health Sciences,” states Erik. “At the intersection of Roanoke’s two leading sectors, education and healthcare, Jefferson stands poised to lead the efforts around education for healthcare professions on a national scale. Our efforts today will ensure Jefferson’s strength for generations to come.”

Erik Williams, C.F.R.E.

To learn about how you can impact Jefferson College of Health Sciences, contact Erik at (540) 224-4644 or You can also visit him in the 3rd floor Administrative Suite on the Jefferson campus, located at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

Meet Sara Nicely JEFFERSON’S NEW PRESIDENT OF OUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Sara Linkenhoker Nicely is excited to begin her term as President of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Association. She came to Jefferson as a graduate of Roanoke College and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Physician Assistant program in 2002. She then went to work in private general surgical practice in West Virginia. Eventually, Sara transitioned back to Virginia and practiced on the Trauma Service at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital until the birth of her first child, Olivia, in 2008. During this time, Sara completed her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. In 2008, Sara took a break from the high intensity of trauma and returned to a rural general surgery practice. Sara has always felt a need to educate, and realized this goal in 2010 after the birth of her second child, Amelia. She is proud to have the opportunity to return to her alma mater to educate future PAs as well as lend her knowledge to other disciplines within the college, as needed. She continues to work clinically and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Health Education program at A.T. Still University.

Sara Nicely, M.P.A.S.

Sara enjoys meeting and sharing stories with college alumni and is looking forward to continuing to grow the popularity of the Alumni Association. She asks that all alumni please contact the school to give us an update to include your current area of employment, accomplishments since graduation and current contact information so that we can stay current and connected to our alumni. Sara says, “There are many great things going on in the college right now, and we want to keep you informed. Please keep an eye out for invitations to different alumni events coming soon, and we hope to hear from and see as many of you as possible this year!”



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2013 Homecoming at Jefferson

On November 8 and 9, 2013, Jefferson College celebrated our 2013 Homecoming with events on our campus and in our hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Our activities included the chance for members of our current College community, extended alumni family and friends in the Roanoke region to experience the rich, century-long history of our institution. On these two pages are stories and photos from our Homecoming celebration. Enjoy!

Discover the Halls of Jefferson Our Homecoming celebration began on Friday, November 8 with an opportunity to “Discover the Halls of Jefferson.� We welcomed participants for tours of our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, information about academic programs offered at the College and a reception for alumni and friends at Fralin House.


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Second Annual JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk As the sun rose over the Star City on Saturday, November 9, participants were already lining up for the second annual JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk, presented by Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab. The event was held to benefit the JCHS Alumni Association as it raises money for scholarships to support current students, and SARA, Inc., as they provide services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse and their families.

Save the date for our 3rd Annual JCHS Riverside Run & Wellness Walk on Nov. 8, 2014. Visit for updates!

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for their contributions to the 2013 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk: Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab; Carilion Clinic; Dixon, Hubbard, Feinour & Brown, Inc. Investment Counsel; Catawba Capital Management, Brooks; and Fleet Feet Sports.

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Jefferson Emergency Services sophomore students Tim Breslin (center) and Drew Thatcher talk to the students.

Jefferson College Director of Admissions Judith McKeon (far right) spoke to the students, along with (left to right) Emergency Services Program Director J.C. Cook and President Bishop.

The George Solonevich Scholarship

at a glance… Awarded annually to a graduate of William Fleming or Patrick Henry High School who enrolls in the Emergency Services Program at Jefferson College. The total award is $3,000 to a qualified applicant. Preference given for minority candidates. Visit to learn more about George Solonevich and the scholarship created in his name. The scholarship is funded by the sale of Freedom’s Price, a print by Mr. Solonevich, featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Details on purchasing a copy of this print can be found through the link above. Learn more by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at (540) 985-8267 or via e-mail at

Assistant Fire-EMS Chief Billy Altman, a 2006 Jefferson graduate, speaking to the students with Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Jefferson Helps Roanoke City High School Students Learn About Healthcare Careers On October 1, 2013, Jefferson College hosted an event at Roanoke City Fire Station #5 on Orange Avenue for junior and senior students from William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools interested in emergency services and healthcare. The event was a partnership between Jefferson College, Roanoke City Schools and the Roanoke City Fire-EMS Department. We worked with Roanoke City Fire Chief and JCHS alum David Hoback and Fire Prevention Specialist Tiffany Bradbury to organize the event. The group was welcomed by Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, Director of Admissions Judith McKeon, Emergency Services Program Director J.C. Cook and Assistant Fire Chief Billy Altman, a 2006 Jefferson graduate. The students toured the fire station, learned about emergency equipment and experienced a simulated house fire and natural disaster in the City’s Safety House vehicle. We also reminded the group that as students at Roanoke City High Schools, they are eligible to apply for the $3,000 George Solonevich Scholarship at Jefferson College of Health Sciences if they enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Program. You can learn more about this annually awarded scholarship on the Jefferson College website at

Jefferson Congratulates Chief David Hoback Congratulations to JCHS alum and Roanoke City Fire-EMS Department Chief David Hoback on being sworn in as the President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association! Learn more about the organization at


Fall 2013 Honors List The Jefferson students listed below received honors in the fall 2013 semester.

Winter Commencement 2013 Jefferson College continues to build on our history of educating the best and brightest healthcare leaders of tomorrow. On Friday, December 13, 2013, we celebrated our Winter Commencement Ceremony in the Special Events Center at the Roanoke Civic Center. A total of 118 JCHS students on the master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree levels accepted their diplomas and became alumni of the College during the event. We welcomed Ms. Carolyn M. Webster, B.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Carilion Clinic, as our Commencement Speaker. On this page is a full list of our winter graduates. Please join us in congratulating our 2013 graduates on their outstanding accomplishments! Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Beth Ann Boles Sophia Josette Cario Sheridan Leigh Clemons Christiana Caitlin Cooper Josie Danielle Dillon Linda MacKenzie Haldaman Germaine Christine Largen Erin Michelle Lehman Erin Yolanda Liuzzo Jennifer Marie Nebeling Amy Marie Pierce Marlo Magdalene Powell Sean Andrew Rahall Lindsay Rosser Smith Laura Kristen Ashley Vogt Master of Science in Physician Assistant Jenny B. Baucom Shannon Michele Bishop Jordan Marie Brewer Timothy Spence Carroll Caroline Anderson Cerio Loran M. Couton Patrick Boyd Devane Juana Diaz-Perez Meredith McAllister Friend Cory James Hall Lynn Amanda Howard Isaac Reza Jones Jenna Lynn Kellstrom Melissa Katherine Kollman Amanda Elizabeth Lee Chelsea Lauren Mattox Danielle Alyse Moses Sarah Lynne Patnode Benjamin Keith Perle Caroline Elisabeth Pilgrim Sara Nicely, M.P.A.S.” Ryan Douglas Plowman Renée Chieko Purcell Denise G. Quattlebaum Rebecca Hayter Rankin Katherine Leigh Roach

Michelle Lynn Robinson Matthew William Schneider Margaret Lyle Schrack Lindsey S. Schultz Dana Catherine Shook Terri Lynn Stacy Kaliyann Te Nora Julia Tobin Jennifer Marie Traylor Mary Kathleen Vaughan Victor M. Verkade Mallory Elizabeth Vincent Kelly Wenzel Bachelor of Science Double Major in Biomedical Sciences and Health Psychology Sarah Michaud Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences Julia Hollandsworth Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science April Marie Bowles Katelin Whitacre Parrott Jay Michael Smith Bachelor of Science in Nursing Graciela Andrea Abeyta Carol Annette Akers Bethany Ciara Allman Kristin Bosserman Arehart Holly Leann Bird Brittany Rose Bowen Terry Bryant Morgan Diane Colomb Kate R. Craighead Tiffany Lynn Deel Justin Francis Domurat Karen Ann Dornhecker Melissa Michelle Dunlea Whitney Nicole Elswick Molly Rose Fagan

Brittany Layne Feazell Elizabeth Marie Finney Sandra Dee Fisher Jennifer Louise Foster Ashley Frink Linda Katherine Geren Brittany Michelle Hall Janet Lynn Hamilton Aaron Preston Hartman Joshua John Herman Ashton Hostetter Holly Brooke Hunt Leana Marie Hylton Amber Lauren Kahle Jessica Boston Kesler Lynne Kyoung Kim-Yang Sherry Stafford Legard Takako Long Indre Malaiskaite Hannah Kristina Martin Laurie L. Martin Eric Wane McFadden Laura Migliarese Kyleigh April Moore Ashley Fawar Noel Kayla Patricia O’Toole Jessica Schaben Patterson Mary Elizabeth Woodford Pemberton Raina Duncan Peters Chelsi Elizabeth Plecker Heather Spangler Pollard Melena Ann Roberson Melanie Jose Robinson Erin Elizabeth Semler Abdul-Karim W. Sesay Katherine Broyles Shaver Samantha Lynne Steffek-Sukarai Carly Jeannine Temple Brandon L. Trotter Jasmine Joyce Wallace Ashley W. Walters Laura K. Weber Chelsey Nicole Williams Jessica L. Willis Rachel Wynne Worrell

President’s List Amber Anderson Adam Battaglia Kellie Belcher Caitlyn Bersch Thomas Boettner Claudia Bostic Robert Brackenrich Shari Branin David Breslin Timothy Breslin Morgan Brown Emily Caldwell Kimberley Campbell Sean Carroll Kalyn Carter Kelly Craine Brittney Crews Sierra Davidson Joshua Dudley Megan Dunlap Osamudiamen Edebiri Kasondra Frango Cristen Gray Candice Guy Rachael Humerickhouse Erin Johnston Catherine Largen David Makin Heather Martin Kristin McCoy Mackenzie McNamara Michael Mitkos Matthew Nelson Jessica Nester Melissa Oviedo Autumn Palmieri Stephanie Peck Natalie Pfohl Lyndsey Pickeral Ashleigh Rayman Amy Richardson Scott Richardson Shanara Robinson Paulina Ruiz Nicole Schneider Kimberly Schottelkorb Tayler Shull Jennifer Spicer Derick Stackpole Kathleen Stone Karisha Summers Caroline Tabatchnick Josh Taylor Kaitlyn Terry John Thatcher Zachary Tinsley Ian Turcotte Amanda Uryasev Ottilia Walker Lorin Whitt Abby Williams Claire Williams Kerri Yohe Dean’s List Anupama AdhikariDahal Hannah Alleman Ashley Alley Nicole Alley Olivia Augustyniak

Sarah Baldwin Michaela Belcher Zachary Bennett Meghan Bird Mary Bishop Ryan Blatt Alyssa Board Erika Bolton Emmanuela Booth Ryan Boughal Samantha Bowers Jesse Bowling Tyler Brady Jennifer Brennan Heather Brooks Amber Brown Alexandra Brumfield Chelsey Burnette Allyson Cahoon James Calhoun Lindsey Cash Cassandra Cauvel Alison Clark Shane Clary Audrey Conner Brittany Cook Alexandra Croken Lauren Cumella Lori D’Angelo Samantha Delieto Brittany DeVore Christina Dodson Georgina Doyle Madison Elder Joshua Epperson Brittney Eversole Brandi Ferron Ashleigh Fischer Timothy Foringer Virginia Frye Bryan Gagnet Marrett Gilfus Wayne Gould Ryan Grant Anne Gravitt Shianne Gum Serena Hale Consuela Hancock Andrea Harman Ashlie Harris Erica Harris Lucas Hayman Nicole Henegar Courtney Hodges Morgan Holt Megan Hostetter Mary Howsmon Timothy Hudson Jared Hundley Jessica Hylton Monique Jefferson Haley Jenkins Betsie Johnson Amanda Jones Breanna Kawa Samantha King Stephanie Klik Brandy Lacy Amanda Leggett Xin Lin Brenna Link Morgan Linkous

Erin Lipscomb Melinda Litz Tiffany Lorson Sierra Lowder Joanna Mason Megan Matney Makayla May Karis McGee Brandon McKee Michelle Meier Stephanie Meyer Amy Minucie Tamika Mixon Samantha Monahan Larissa Moore Emili Morgan Sarah Morgan Joanna Murray Elizabeth Myers Lisa Nelson Bryan Nicewonder Michael O’Brien Kathryn Oliver Whitney Padgett Kathryn Peltier Erica Plecker Andrew Potter Britni Price Marsha Redwine Molly Richardson Ashley Ries Monja Robertson Morgan Ronk Alyssa Roselund Bernice Sandidge Molly Satterfield Barbara Scales Shannen Schucker Iesha Scott Dillon Selph Gabriella Shelden Megan Shell Jacob Short Olivia Simmons Chelsea Slagle Ashley Smith Brianna Smith Grayson Smith Shannon Snyder Chelsea Stephens Jami Stilwell Katelyn Sutphin Selma Telalovic Daniel Terrell Ellen Tingler Meagan Tolley Samantha Tonon Whitney Turner Marianne Vannoy Brandon Vaughan Morgan Wade Rebecca Wasz Courtney Waterman Danielle White Allison Wilhelm Crystal Williams Georgia Williams Chelsea Wiseman Jessica Witt Austin Wood Taylor Wray



jefferson life Jefferson Physician Assistant students as they prepared to participate in the HUD Point In Time survey in January 2014.

Jefferson Physician Assistant Students Volunteer for HUD Point In Time Survey For the third year, students from the Jefferson College Physician Assistant (PA) Program volunteered to collect information for the January HUD Point In Time survey. Collected nationally at the same time all over the country, the data is invaluable for providers of services to the homeless. Jefferson PA students, in groups with a team leader and a City of Roanoke police officer, were charged with surveying people who were living outside within the City limits. They focused particularly on health information so medical attention could be provided to those most at risk.

Jefferson Health & Exercise Science Students Participate in Carilion Clinic’s Go Red Day JCHS Health & Exercise Science (HES) Program Director Dr. Ally Bowersock joined HES senior students Nicky Young and Megan Hostetter at Carilion Clinic’s Go Red for Women Day. They operated the Carilion Clinic Cardiac Rehab table and created the stress management poster pictured in the background as part of their clinical rotations this semester. JCHS Health & Exercise Science Program Director Dr. Ally Bowersock with HES students Nicky Young and Megan Hostetter at Carilion Clinic’s Go Red for Women Day.



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Medical Laboratory Science Student Finds Love Under the Microscope According to Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Assistant Professor Kimberly Whiter, while identifying white and red blood cells under the microscope during a Feb. 11, 2014 Cell ID Lab, MLS student Richard Middleton happened upon this AMAZING find just in time for Valentine’s Day this year! “It’s 100 percent real,” Kim said, “I was leading the lab and saw it under the scope myself. I even took the picture.” Out of the thousands and thousands of slides they look at every year, no one in the MLS department had ever seen anything like this. Just goes to show you: love can appear in the least expected places! To learn more about the Jefferson College Medical Laboratory Science Program, visit degree/bachelor-science-medicallaboratory-science.

Jefferson Chronicle, Winter/Spring 2014  

Featuring "Jefferson Heroes: Extraordinary Ways We Are Changing Lives Every Day."

Jefferson Chronicle, Winter/Spring 2014  

Featuring "Jefferson Heroes: Extraordinary Ways We Are Changing Lives Every Day."