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Students gain experience through Adventist Hinsdale Hospital CNA program

Caption: Hinsdale Adventist Academy senior E.J. Villasin, left, gets his blood pressure checked by fellow senior Daniel Antwi. Both students are seeking to become certified nursing assistants through the academy’s new partnership with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Hinsdale – Hinsdale Adventist Academy and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital have joined forces to develop one of Illinois’s only private-school based Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Twenty students, including HAA seniors, hospital employees and community members, spent the semester completing hands-on training at the hospital twice a week.


As neighbors and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hinsdale Adventist Academy and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital have worked together on various initiatives over the years. Because of that history and the hospital’s status as a teaching hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital proved an excellent fit for the CNA program.


“The partnership has been such a blessing for our hospital,” said Marcie Calandra, director in nursing, Magnet and process improvement at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “We are training young people with the highest possible standards, right from the beginning of their careers. Medical work is one of the highest callings a person can have.”


Program participant Daniel Antwi, an HAA senior, plans to pursue a career as a physician.


“This course has given me the real-life experience I needed to know I am on the right path,” Antwi said. “I hope to work as a CNA throughout college to keep me grounded and, of course, help pay off the loans.”


Hinsdale Adventist Academy Administrative Principal Dr. George Babcock was the brainchild behind the initiative.


“We have done a major overhaul of Hinsdale Adventist Academy in the past two years,” Babcock said. “One thing I want for my students is to have them graduate with a marketable skill. These young people will now be able to fund themselves through university or commence a medical career with much better insight into the realities that they will face.”


All students enrolled in the program have now completed their necessary course work, taught by College of DuPage instructor Marilyn Bumber. Clinical skills were assessed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. All that is left for students to become fully qualified CNAs is to pass state exams administered in June.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Hinsdale Adventist Academy is a Preschool-12 Christian school nestled in the northwest corner of Hinsdale, just a few blocks away from Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. For more information, email or visit



Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2354