May 3, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First Students of Mount Carmel College of Nursing at Fairfield Medical Center Set to Graduate May 5

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LANCASTER, Ohio (May 3, 2012) – The music of “Pomp and Circumstance” will herald the arrival this weekend of the first graduates of Mount Carmel College of Nursing at Fairfield Medical Center (MCCN FMC). A total of 15 MCCN FMC students will receive their Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees, joining students from the college’s main campus at ceremonies to be held on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at First Church of God on Refugee Road in Columbus.

“As Fairfield Medical Center's first class to graduate, I can’t say enough about how dedicated and committed this class has been,” said Cynthia Pearsall, MSN, RN, FMC chief nursing officer. “I call them our pioneers, because they have helped shape the program and wish them much success in the future.”

MCCN FMC located in Lancaster was established in fall 2008 and is a four-year baccalaureate program designed to prepare students for exciting careers in nursing. The first year of general classes is taken at Ohio University-Lancaster and then the next three years are based on the campus at FMC. The program affords students in Lancaster and surrounding areas the opportunity to obtain a Mount Carmel nursing education close to home.

“The program at FMC has been a wonderful partnership, designed to meet the critical nursing needs of our communities,” said Ann Schiele, PhD, RN, president and dean of MCCN. “I am so proud of our graduates because they have achieved their goals and are making a difference in our world by pursuing dynamic careers in the field of professional nursing.”

The following is a list of the graduating class:

  1. Cora Arledge - Lancaster
  2. Barbara Allison Barnhart - Lancaster
  3. Ashley Belasco - Lancaster
  4. Mackenzie Crum - Baltimore
  5. Alysha Curry - Lancaster
  6. Ashley DeGoey - Reynoldsburg
  7. Emily Forgrave - Rushville
  8. Melissa Hardgrove - Reynoldsburg
  9. Jeremiah Ignaszewski - Canal Winchester
  10. Diana Lape - Lancaster
  11. Katelyn Large - Stoutsville
  12. Stephanie Ledbetter - Canal Winchester
  13. Anita Mitchell - Columbus
  14. Brittany Wasmus - Ashville
  15. Brittany Watterson - Lancaster

This is a milestone year for Mount Carmel. The institution celebrates both the first graduates of MCCN FMC and also the largest graduating class of both graduate students and undergraduates in the history of the institution, which dates back 109 years. A total of 199 students are set to receive degrees in nursing.

For more information about MCCN FMC call 1-800-225-0581 or 614-234-LIFE. Additional information is available on the website at www.mccn.edu.

Contact

Donna Stalter
Public Relations Specialist
Fairfield Medical Center
(740) 687-8108
donnas@fmchealth.org

Robin Hutchinson Bell
College Relations Director
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
(614) 234-1372
rhutchinson-bell@mchs.com