I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
It’s an exciting time for high school seniors and their families across North Texas — time to apply for college. As you and your favorite student discuss options for the future, I’d like to tell you about a wonderful opportunity: Texas Health Resources’ Prodigy Program.
Students who will graduate this Spring and are interested in careers in nursing or radiology can apply at our annual Youth Prodigy Program Fair. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Texas Health Resources, located at 612 E. Lamar Boulevard in Arlington. Admission is free. Students should register in advance at TexasHealth.org/YouthProdigyProgram.
If accepted, students receive 10 weeks of paid summer training that prepares them for the national patient care technician exam. After passing the exam, students apply for part-time positions at Texas Health hospitals and begin attending college tuition free. We pay for their tuition, fees and books, and they commit to work in our hospitals for at least two years after they graduate.
As a significant portion of our health care workforce ages and approaches retirement, it is critical that we educate more people to join the healing professions. The Prodigy Program is a win-win for the students and for our hospitals. We look forward to meeting our future stars.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.