Thrive by IU Health

September 14, 2023

Succeeding together

IU Health Arnett Hospital

Succeeding together

“I am the first in my family to graduate,” says Veronica Quinones.

She is one of six team members who recently walked across the stage of Purdue University, graduating as certified medical assistants (MA II). The group took part in an accelerated program through Purdue Global which included four 10-week terms with three to four courses per term—followed by two externships and a credentialing exam.

New class of certified medical assistants

The six graduates (pictured l-r) are now starting their new careers as medical assistants in the WCR:

  • Jackie McHale, MA II, Pediatrics, West Lafayette medical office
  • Chelsey Lamson, MA II, Connected Care, Greenbush Street medical office
  • Veronica Quinones, MA II, Otolaryngology, Greenbush Street medical office
  • Abby Bullock, MA II, Internal Medicine, Greenbush Street medical office
  • Jasmine Turner, MA II, OB-GYN, Arnett Hospital medical office building
  • Nan Mayes, MA II, Neurology, Ferry Street medical office

“This experience has helped me grow as a person and as an employee,” says Lamson. “I have realized that I am smarter than I give myself credit for.”

“I cannot tell you how amazing it feels that I’m able to prove to myself and my son that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to by putting in the time and hard work,” says Mayes. “I am so happy I accepted this challenge.”

McHale is not only proud of accepting the challenge and succeeding. She says she also found inspiration from the group of six.

“Watching myself and the other women in our group grow was inspiring,” says McHale. We all started nervous and scared. We sat in a room, did our assignments and went home. Within a few short weeks we went from sitting alone, to studying together, laughing, crying, sharing stories and supporting each other. The personal connection between us all is overwhelming with love and support.”

Support from the IU Health Foundation helped these team members grow in their careers at no financial cost. Each graduate worked three-quarters time, with 10 hours of blocked study time each week. They received regular pay and benefits during the program. Additionally, the program covered the costs of courses, supplies and certifications.

The group was also supported by a dedicated mentor, practice manager Monica Sanchez.

“Seeing these ladies grow in their educational goals gives me chills,” says Sanchez.

“If you want to further your career, I recommend this accelerated program,” says Bullock. “I have learned that if you really want to accomplish something, you need to stay focused and determined to reach your goal. It is also important to make sure to have a great support system that can be there for you on those tough days.”