A graduation ceremony was held at the Wrangell Medical Center for six new Certified Nursing Assistants. The CNA program is new, said WMC Administrator Leatha Merculieff. These were not only the first CNA graduates in Wrangell, but within the entire SEARHC organization. The program will begin again for a new class in January of 2020. "First I'd like to give congratulations to these wonderful women on their achievements," said RN and program instructor Katrina Ottesen. "These six individuals were the perfect people to make this pilot CNA program. From the beginning they rolled with the punches and adapted to the situations they were given." Pictured here (left to right, from the back row) is Kathryn Betterton, Issabella Crowley, SEARHC Vice-President and WMC Administrator Leatha Merculieff, Stephanie Foshay, Katy Shilts, Ottesen, Danika McGee, and Brittney Holder. During the graduation ceremony, WMC Performance Improvement Manager Cathy Gross was also recognized for earning the 2019 Front-Line Staff Outstanding Performance Award. The medical center's Long Term Care facility also received a "most improved" award and SEARHC received a patient safety staff choice award.