April 3, 2018

Around the nation: Inside Maine General Health's 12-week CNA program

Daily Briefing

    According to Jennifer Riggs, CNO of Maine General, "Through this program, [health care workers] can work full-time, [and] they're actually compensated for their time in class and training," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Hawaii, and Maine.

    • California: UCLA Health Sciences has received a $20 million commitment from Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld to enable the expansion and revitalization of the medical center's surgical capabilities. The donation will support the creation of the Eugene & Maxine Rosenfeld Hall, which will house the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and provide a training space for students (Sanborn, Healthcare Finance, 3/29).

    • Hawaii: The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain life-ending medicine from their doctors. The bill now heads to the governor's desk and, if it's signed, would make Hawaii the seventh state to legalize physician-assisted suicide (Greenwood, The Hill, 3/30).

    • Maine: In an effort to address the growing nurse shortage, Maine General Health in Augusta has created a 12-week certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program to quickly train and hire health care workers. According to Jennifer Riggs, CNO of Maine General, "Through this program, [health care workers] can work full-time, they're actually compensated for their time in class and training, they receive benefits, and Maine General also covers the cost of the course registration" (Tadlock, WABI5, 3/28).

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