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'The Business of Health Care Report'

THR Youth Prodigy Program Opens Doors to Health Care Careers

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Heath Care Report.”

How many times have you heard about the nursing shortage in health care? And how many times have you heard the question: What is going on with today’s youth? This summer, Texas Health Resources offered an inaugural program addressing both of these issues.

For 10 weeks, Texas Health Resources offered the Youth Prodigy Program, which combines community youth outreach and career opportunities for high school students. This program offered participants entry-level training for clinical support positions, including those for certified patient care technicians, certified phlebotomy technicians and certified ECG technicians.

The students were recommended by area high school math, science and health teachers. Each student was interviewed by Texas Health Resources’ hospital recruiters, college nursing instructors and health care administrators. Thirteen students ultimately were selected. All students in the program had a career goal of obtaining an associate’s and then a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Upon completion of the Youth Prodigy Program, the students were hired by their sponsoring hospital while pursuing their registered nurse college prerequisites. Texas Health Resources is paying costs for tuition, fees, books and related supplies as they complete their nursing degrees.

Texas Health Resources’ mission is to improve the health of our communities. The Youth Prodigy Program gives us an opportunity to do that now – and well into the future.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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