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Submitted photos Dr. William Geary, UPMC Chautauqua Laboratory, speaks to the graduating class of the 2021-22 E2CCB phlebotomy program.

The first joint phlebotomy program between UPMC Chautauqua and E2CCB recently completed its first class. Pictured are alumni: Angela Bellardo, Karri Frank, Kaitlan Starks, Racheal Chandler, Tyrell Fuqua, Rachel Staples, Meghan Dolan, Jennifer Potter and Tenley Zielinski.

To increase the number of healthcare professionals, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and UPMC Chautauqua recently partnered to offer a hybrid phlebotomy program.

The new partnership allowed students to immerse themselves in the lab experience by combining the E2CCB curriculum and UPMC Chautauqua facilities.

“The students were allowed to accompany real laboratory technicians in addition to working with the phlebotomy staff.” says Erika Zielinski, class teacher. “They immersed themselves in everyday laboratory life and had a better understanding of the entire workflow. They experienced all the different patient care situations of the hospital and became acquainted with different members of the hospital team.”

The 100-hour course, consisting of classroom lectures, practical exercises and a clinical rotation, recently completed its first class. The senior class included nine students from diverse backgrounds, including Angela Bellardo, Karri Frank, Kaitlan Starks, Racheal Chandler, Tyrell Fuqua, Rachel Staples, Meghan Dolan, Jennifer Potter, and Tenley Zielinski.

“Phlebotomy can be an excellent way to get your feet wet and explore the healthcare system. This career might be the perfect opportunity for you to learn about all the different types of professionals that work in healthcare and what they do. Being a phlebotomist can be a stepping stone to advance your career if you decide to pursue an alternative field in healthcare.” said Zielinsky. “For these graduates, they can become part of a team that could help patients and maybe even save their lives. They can definitely be proud of that.”



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