American Red Cross announces partnership with Bassett Army Community Hospital

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The American Red Cross of Alaska Service to the Armed Forces program has recently announced a partnership with Bassett Army Community Hospital for its first ever Medical Assistant Program. After discussion with the MEDDAC Alaska team at the military hospital, one of the areas identified as having a gap was staffing of medical assistants.

Program Administrator, Misty Bruce, advised that this program is quite the commitment, as it will be an 800 hour course. Accepted candidates will attend class Monday through Friday starting at 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Classes
will begin August 20 and will align with the start of school to better accommodate parents. The class is not paid but candidates will attend free of charge. Bruce added that this course is estimated at a $10,000 to $20,000 education.

"This Medical Assistant Program is a prime example of how the American Red Cross recognizes a need in the community and is able to act on that need to effectuate change,” she said.

To apply for the program, applicants must be a dependent, retiree, veteran, or dependent of a contractor with access to military installations. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent to participate. Applicants must also pass a security and be Red Cross volunteer.

Applications for the Medical Assistant Program will be available starting Friday, February 8 and can be found at the following Fort Wainwright locations:
3601 Santiago Ave., Suite 215, on Fort Wainwright, Bassett Army Community Hospital, 2nd Floor-HR Suite or at the Red Cross's Fairbanks location at 3501 Lathrop St. Unit G. Another option is to email Bruce at misty.bruce@redcross.org.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 30.