April 24, 2017

3 Detroit health systems get creative to fill entry level jobs—and reduce unemployment

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    Three Detroit-area health systems and hospitals are collaborating on a program to train 240 Detroiters in entry-level health care jobs.

    Under the program, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and St. John Providence—with help from Focus: HOPE and Oakland University—over the next year will train city residents for patient sitter and patient-care associate jobs.

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D) said, "What makes this announcement truly special is that it is the first time these competing health systems have collaborated in this way."

    Program details

    According to MLive, the patient sitter training entails a three-to-four-week course on a range of topics, including medical terminology, basic life support, signs and symptoms of illness, infection control, fall-risk safety, signs of suicidal or homicidal patients, and more. Meanwhile, the seven-to-eight week patient-care associate course covers the patient sitter curriculum and teaches individuals about reading blood pressure, checking vital signs, measuring blood-glucose levels, patient hygiene, nutrition, and more.

    People interested in applying to the program must have a high school degree or GED, the Detroit News reports. According to Crain's Detroit Business, the program costs roughly $2,000 per student. However, the program will be no-cost for jobseekers—the city will use federal workforce development and training funds to cover the cost of education.

    Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford, and St. John Providence helped develop the curriculum, which will be taught via the Oakland University School of Nursing Continuing Education. According to MLive, Focus: HOPE will provide transportation, child care services, and other social services for program participants.

    Once participants have graduated the program, they will have the opportunity to apply for positions at Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and St. John Providence (Afana, MLive, 4/15; Frank, Crain's Detroit Business, 4/13, Williams, The Detroit News, 4/13).

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