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COA Celebrates Surgical Technology Week

Elizabeth City — As part of National Surgical Technologists Week, Sep. 15 through 21, 2019, College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Surgical Technology students recognized two graduates of the 1979 class the inaugural year of the program.

Susan Meads and Brenda Murphy, both employed by Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, were graduates of the first class of COA’s Operating Room Technician program, now known as Surgical Technology. The women have worked in the healthcare industry for 40 years. Amy Alcocer, Executive Director of the COA Foundation, presented the alums with COA pins, and students in the Surgical Technology class asked questions about how the application of skills has changed as technology evolves in the hospital setting.

Brandy Wooten, Instructor/Program Coordinator of the Surgical Technology program, shared that this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Surgical Technologists. “This was a great opportunity for the students to meet with two experienced surgical technologists and receive advice about the career path the students have chosen,” said Wooten.