Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker addresses the 2013 Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program graduating class.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Surgical Technology Program recently graduated the third class in program history.
The five-member graduating class included valedictorian Janice Kincade, Krysten Foreman, Keaha Henley, Baron O’Field and Kurt Rogers.
“We are always proud of our people when they set out to fulfill a career calling. Completing an academic and career prep course like the Cherokee Nation’s surgical technology program will afford these young men and women an opportunity to secure a good job in the health care industry,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “There is no issue more important to me than creating quality health care opportunities for the Cherokee Nation. We know our Cherokee people respond better to medical personnel who are also Native.”
The program provides training and skills necessary to become a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team, responsible for preparation of sterile supplies, equipment and instruments and assisting the surgeon in their use. Students who complete the nine-month program are eligible to take the certified surgical technologist exam.
For more information on the Cherokee Nation’s surgical technology program, click here.
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