Pioneers Medical Center (PMC) is hosting the 3rd annual Monte Carlo fundraising event on Saturday, May 15th. The event raises money for scholarships, awarded to people interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The theme this year is “The Derby Experience.” To fill out a scholarship, visit the PMC website. Applications are due by Friday, April 9th. Winners will be announced at the May 15th dinner.
For more information contact Margie Joy, 878-9317.
Grow Your Own is Taking Off
The PMC Grow Your Own program really began to take shape in 2008 with the success of the first annual Pioneers Medical Center Scholarship Dinner. Pioneers Medical Center (PMC) has shaped a workforce development program to address the growing shortage of healthcare workers in our region.
The Grow Your Own Program is designed to raise the awareness of healthcare careers available at Pioneers Medical Center. PMC, like many rural health facilities, faces an impending workforce shortage. In the next five years, approximately 25% of the PMC workforce will be eligible to retire.
A healthcare facility offers a variety of career opportunities ranging from clinical care, to the business aspect, to facilities maintenance, to IT networking and more. The Grow Your Own program utilizes several approaches to introduce area students and residents to healthcare careers. The most visible component is scholarships, but the Grow Your Own Program also offers tuition reimbursement, work-study, internships, book scholarships, and a certified nurse assistant program.
“The GYO Program is starting to show success, said Twyla Jensen, PMC Human Resource Director. “Since beginning the program in 2008 we have had two of our scholarship winners complete their nursing school, become certified RNs and they both are working at Pioneers Medical Center.”
“This program is working because of the community and business support,” says Margie Joy PMC Development Manager. “The GYO program is 100% percent funded through program sponsorships and donations from our community”
In 2008 approximately $7,000 was awarded in scholarships, in 2009 about $8,000 was awarded and an additional $5,000 was dedicated to a summer internship program. We are on track for 2010 to be an equally successful year. Scholarships will be announced on May 15, 2010 during the Monte Carlo III—The Derby Experience.
-From Margie Joy, Development Manager, PMC