People of PA College: August 2017 Edition

by PA College August 16, 2017

People of PA College: August 2017 Edition

Each month, we share the stories of the People of PA College who make the college a great place to learn, work and grow. Here are August’s stories!

Student Spotlight

Brittani Hoffman ’19
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brittani Hoffman first fell in love with health care while working in the physical therapy field. While she enjoyed her role, she also realized that she wanted to help people in a different way. Brittani was ultimately inspired to pursue a career in nursing by her four-year-old twins. She and her husband tried unsuccessfully to start a family for four years and went through two years of fertility treatment before she became pregnant. After her children were born, she and her husband visited the doctors and nurses who had helped them conceive. Brittani shares, “When we left their office, I had an epiphany and realized that I needed to help other couples who experience infertility be able to become parents.”

Brittani chose to attend PA College for our three-year BSN program so that she can enter the workforce sooner. Her favorite experience so far was being elected as president of the College’s SNAP (Student Nurse Association of PA) chapter. She notes, “Being able to go out into the community while volunteering and making new friends has been the highlight of my time at PA College.” Brittani plans to pursue her master’s degree immediately after graduating in 2019. She aspires to become a Nurse Practitioner and work in the obstetrics and gynecology field, ideally at a fertility practice.

Brittani lives in Millersville with her husband of seven years and their twins, who are the light of their lives. They enjoy entertaining and having friends over often. To destress from studying, Brittani likes to spend hours in the kitchen cooking and baking with her family.

Alumni Spotlight

Anna Leatherwood ’15
Radiography

Anna Leatherwood graduated from the Radiography Program in 2015, magna cum laude, and soon after began working at the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania. In addition to working as a radiography technologist, Anna also assists the orthopedic surgeons during their office hours – casting/splinting, preparing cortisone injections, removing staples and sutures, creating physical therapy orders, and sending prescriptions. She has also been trained on fitting durable medical equipment such as braces, crutches and slings. Anna also recently took on an additional position in the radiology department at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Anna shares: “My degree from PA College has opened so many doors already. Because of the College’s respectable reputation, my employers knew that I would be prepared to begin working immediately upon hiring, and knew that I would be a top-notch radiology technologist.” She hopes to also pursue a bachelor’s degree at PA College and then continue her education through the Penn State College of Medicine to become a Physician Assistant.

A volunteer opportunity has been Anna’s proudest professional moment to date. For two months in Fall 2016, she volunteered in the radiology department at Soddo Christian Hospital, a rural community hospital in Ethiopia. Anna explains, “I have always had a heart for Ethiopia, because I have been sponsoring a child through Compassion International since I was 10 years old. This opportunity allowed me to use my professional skills to show the love of God to a group of people who desperately needed physical and spiritual healing.” Utilizing digital equipment gifted to the hospital, Anna was able to improve the hospital staff’s knowledge of radiology technology, holding seminars and teaching sessions to educate staff on proper positioning and use of digital equipment, while also creating protocols and detailed positioning guides for each technologist there. Anna also serves as a volunteer receptionist for CURE International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing children born with treatable disabilities around the world. Anna lives with her boyfriend Conner and their two kittens in Mechanicsburg, and enjoys spending free time with her family in Maryland.

Staff Spotlight

Howard Coverdale, BSHS ’12, CST
Program Director, Surgical Technology

Howard Coverdale began his career as a Surgical Technologist with Jeanes Hospital in 1995 and worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania until 2008. He first became an instructor in 2000 and earned his bachelor’s degree in health sciences from PA College in 2012, when he also received an Academic Excellence Award. Howard has been Program Director of the Surgical Technology program at PA College since 2013, having previously served as Clinical Coordinator. In his current capacity, he provides leadership for this program which educates students in a wide variety of surgical specialties with learning opportunities in the classroom and lab setting as well as state-of-the-art simulation opportunities in PA College’s new Center for Excellence in Practice.

Looking back over his career to date, Howard is most proud of becoming the Program Director of the Surgical Technology program. He shares, “I feel that the College allows for incredible academic freedom to run a program, and I am thrilled with the new simulation resources in the Center for Excellence in Practice. I am also proud of being part of a team that shows true commitment to the success of our students.” Howard also serves as a faculty advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He looks forward to the College hosting an event with the Pennsylvania Association of Surgical Technologists in early 2018, featuring guest speakers and hands-on simulations and lab experiences among other program components.

Howard has three children, ages 20, 14 and 7. His oldest child is at the University of Delaware majoring in Genetics and Biology. Howard’s middle child is a track and soccer star, which has led him to become a soccer dad, traveling around the northeast with his wife for soccer tournaments and hoping to see his daughter play for Team USA one day. Howard’s youngest child is an online wizard and Minecraft king.