Texas Health Resources to Host Allied Health Education Fair on Sept. 25

ARLINGTON, Texas — Are you a high school student and interested in health care? It’s more than doctors and nurses.

That’s the message of Allied Health Education Fair 2010, sponsored by Texas Health Resources. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Texas Health Resources Pavilion, 600 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington. The fair is free but attendees must register at TexasHealth.org/AlliedHealth.

Allied health represents clinical or patient care disciplines outside nursing and physicians. This includes fields such as laboratory, medical imaging, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, respiratory, social work and surgical technician.

Intended for students in grades 8-12, parents, counselors and health care educators, the fair will feature presentations by professionals in the allied health fields. Representatives from allied health education programs at local community colleges and universities will be available to discuss their programs.

“The allied health fields present tremendous opportunities for students interested in health care careers,” said Stephanie Holden, M.S.R.T., manager of allied health education in Texas Health’s Center for Learning & Career Development. “Attending the education fair will help students become more aware of what’s available outside of being a doctor or nurse, and how they can prepare for college programs while still in high school.”

Recognizing the growing need for allied health professionals, Texas Health Resources’ Center for Learning and Career Development is developing programs to “grow our own” employees in these critical fields. The health system currently partners with Brookhaven College-Dallas County Community College for its Radiologic Sciences program. Texas Health provides tuition reimbursement for employees and their dependents to complete a two-year curriculum leading to an associate degree in applied sciences. The program is also open to the community. The Center for Learning and Career Development is developing educational partnerships in other allied health fields.

High school students interested in the Texas Health-sponsored Radiologic Sciences program and future allied health educational partnerships should consider Texas Health’s Prodigy program, according to Holden.

Prodigy is an educational and employment opportunity for high school graduates interested in pursuing careers in health care, including allied health. After completing summer training and passing a national certification exam, students apply for part-time positions throughout Texas Health and begin attending college. Allied health Prodigy graduates are currently working at Texas Health hospitals and taking prerequisite classes at local community colleges as they prepare for the Radiologic Sciences program.

“The Allied Health Education Fair will be a great chance for students to learn not only about allied health fields, but also how Texas Health can help them achieve their dreams,” said Holden.

The event is educational in nature. It is not a job or career fair, or related to employment at Texas Health Resources.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.