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Celebration Held for Atrium Health Navicent Patient Unable to Attend College Graduation

Fort Valley State University Graduate Received Degree at Atrium Health Navicent

An Atrium Health Navicent patient who was unable to attend her college graduation due to hospitalization following a car crash was the guest of honor at a graduation celebration Wednesday night.

Representatives from Fort Valley State University presented Asia Whitmore with her degree during a ceremony outside the Peyton Anderson Health Education Center. Friends and family members cheered as the 21-year-old received a B.A. in Psychology.

“Completing a college degree is an accomplishment worthy of celebration. We’re proud to have been able to help Asia and her family celebrate this joyous occasion and we wish her all the best in her healing and in her future,” said Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley.

Nurses from Atrium Health Navicent worked with Whitmore’s family to coordinate the celebration.

“The nursing staff worked closely with the family and the school to provide this opportunity for this young lady who has worked so hard to complete her education,” said Tracey Blalock, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Executive for Atrium Health Navicent. “This is a great example of how nursing care is holistic and provides treatment for the whole person. Nursing is not just about medications and procedures. It’s helping them meet the goals that are important to them.”

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Atrium Health Navicent provides care for health care consumers through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Atrium Health Navicent is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit