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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Workforce Pilot Connects Veterans to Healthcare Careers
02/15/2010

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

Texas Health has partnered with the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, the Texas Workforce Commission, and other North Texas organizations to offer returning military veterans a way to connect with local hospital jobs.

The North Texas Veterans Connecting with Healthcare Careers Project is a pilot project designed to help alleviate the shortage of healthcare workers while giving veterans opportunities for both clinical and non-clinical jobs. The project will assist in job placement for veterans with healthcare experience and will offer training to those without experience. Positions could include nursing, physical and occupational therapy, coding, medical assisting, and many others.

Texas hospitals are facing serious workforce shortages in nursing and other allied health professions. Since 2000, the population of Texas has increased twice as fast as the national average and many Baby Boomers have reached retirement age, creating more demand for hospital services.

Texas Health is proud to be a part of this important pilot project, which may become a model for other communities throughout the nation. As returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan make the transition to civilian life, finding stable, meaningful career opportunities will be key to their successful re-integration.

Other partners in this project are El Centro College, HCA North Texas Division, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. Veterans needing more information can go to Vets.TexasWorkforce.org or call 1-888-VET-TEX1.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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