Madison School of Healthcare Announces Partnership with Northern Hospital of Surry County

Written by Madison School of Healthcare On Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in News

Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College logo with Northern Hospital of Surry County logo

NORCROSS, GA. - Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College has found a new partner in Northern Hospital of Surry County, Mount Airy, N.C. Northern Hospital is an independently operated award-winning facility with a number of outpatient service locations including Northern Medical Group, the hospital’s network of 11 primary care and specialty provider clinics.

“Online education opens a world of new opportunities in locations like Mount Airy where there may not be many local options for specialization in the healthcare field,” said Robyn Porterfield, healthcare partnership manager for Madison School of Healthcare. “Northern is a growing healthcare provider that serves a large segment of rural North Carolina and southern Virginia. The leadership there is ambitious about helping nurses and administrators develop successful careers serving their community. It’s an honor that Madison School of Healthcare can help them do that.”

Through the partnership, employees of Northern Hospital and its network of physician practices will be eligible for tuition discounts at Madison School of Healthcare and its parent school Ashworth College, as well as tuition reimbursements from the hospital itself. Becky Jefferson, director of human resources at Northern Hospital, said, “We already have a handful of nurses who are enrolled in the Madison School of Healthcare RN-BSN program. After getting to know Robyn [Porterfield], we realized this would be a great partnership for encouraging education among our entire staff.”

Hospital employees who are interested in learning about Madison School of Healthcare and Ashworth College are invited to an admissions fair that will be held in the Northern Hospital cafeteria from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Healthcare school advisors and current students employed by Northern will be available to discuss the school’s programs and answer questions. Cupcakes will be served.

About Madison School of Healthcare

Madison School of Healthcare, a division of Ashworth College, is home to more than 30 healthcare- and veterinary care-related diploma and degree programs including its popular Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For more information, visit

About Ashworth College

Ashworth College is a nationally-accredited online institution that provides flexible and affordable education to students located around the world. Areas of study include more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies, and trades. Since its founding 30 years ago, more than 300,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In a 2017 survey done for DEAC, 95 percent of students and graduates of the school’s 20 most popular programs said they were satisfied with their studies and would recommend Ashworth College to a friend. For more information, visit

Ashworth College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

About Northern Hospital of Surry County

Northern Hospital of Surry County, a 133-bed hospital, is an independently operated award-winning facility with a number of outpatient service locations including physician specialists, pharmacy, and fitness center. Northern Medical Group is the hospital’s network of primary care and specialty providers delivering a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community. Northern Hospital is a certified Stroke Center of Excellence and is recognized for distinction in patient safety and medical excellence. Northern holds the designation of a Top 100 Great Community Hospital since 2016. The state-of-the art Surgery Center houses a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures including orthopedics, gynecology, gastroenterology, urological, surgeries of the eye, and other general surgeries.

Founded in 1957, Northern Hospital is located in Mount Airy, N.C., and serves the northwest Piedmont region of North Carolina as well as neighboring communities in southwest Virginia. For more information, visit

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