Deaconess Foundation is proud to partner with employees for continuing education. Often times, the number of employees in need of assistance surpasses the funds available. The idea was presented to offer a local, more economical opportunity for continuing education to allow more employees to attend and reduce expenses for the Foundation. Recently, Deaconess provided a "Partners in Patient Excellence" which provided local, free continuing education to Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs). Through donor gifts, Deaconess CMAs received valuable education to improve patient care.