New Scholarship Program to Help Address Workforce Crisis and Advance Health Care Professionals

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2010 cycle will offer two $1,500 awards – for individuals pursuing a career in the field of health care. Eligible participants include those at the undergraduate level, graduate level, or those pursuing continuing education and certification program.

Scripps Health is proud to be the first charter member and is committed not only to raising the awareness of health care workforce shortages, but also to finding solutions

AHACareerCenter.org announced the launch of their scholarship program—the National Healthcare Career Network Scholarship program. Health care is ‘People taking care of People’. It takes a special person to commit to a lifetime of caring for others and this work happens in many ways throughout the health care system – direct care with doctors and nurses to critical services functions to hospital administration.

The goal of the scholarship program is to promote health care as a career choice for dedicated, ambitious and talented students who are preparing for their future today and those who are committed to being life-long learners, mentors, volunteers and sharing their knowledge through participating in professional societies, community organizations and networking groups tomorrow.

Health care needs a strong, educated, caring and diverse workforce that represents and is accountable to the communities it serves and is committed to health improvement. “We are looking for students interested in all areas of health care on both the clinical and nonclinical capacities. Areas of particular focus include difficult to fill positions or those with high turnover such as nursing, radiology, business or health care administration, medical technology, finance, revenue management and other allied health professions”, said Tony Burke, President and CEO of AHA Solutions.

The scholarship program is open to full-time students who are currently enrolled in a health care program with an accredited college or university and are U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status.

This scholarship program is made possible through the generous contributions of the AHA’s Career Center Charter Members (Scripps Health in San Diego; Health First in Rockledge, FL; Memorial Health System, Springfield, IL, Froedtert Health in Milwaukee, WI, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL, Kettering Health Network in Kettering, OH and Regional Health in Rapid City, SD).

“Scripps Health is proud to be the first charter member and is committed not only to raising the awareness of health care workforce shortages, but also to finding solutions," said Vic Buzachero, Scripps Health's corporate senior vice president of human resources. "Scripps is dedicated to this issue in many ways and the National Healthcare Career Network initiative was a logical fit with our corporate and community approach."

“Health First is excited to be among the early organizations to become a Charter Member and recognize the importance of supporting the National Healthcare Career Network. We see how important it is to attract the most qualified health care candidates, ensuring quality care for our patients and their families. We feel that by actively participating in the Network, we are demonstrating our organizational commitment to solving one of our field’s greatest challenges,” stated Bob Walters, Director Human Resource Operations – Health First.

All scholarship applications are available on the website (http://www.AHACareerCenter.org) and the deadline for the 2010 submission cycle is October 15, 2010. Scholarship winners will be announced on December 8, 2010. For full details on the Scholarship, visit the website at http://www.AHACareerCenter.org.

About AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 38,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at http://www.aha.org.

About the National Healthcare Career Network and AHACareerCenter.org
Recognizing that critical staffing issues threaten hospitals’ performance and quality of care, the American Hospital Association co-founded the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN) with Boxwood and ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). By aligning more than 220 trade associations and professional societies on a common platform, NHCN provides health care organizations with access to a high quality talent pool of more than two million members, as well as vast data sources and career development-related tools housed in the affiliate associations. As part of the NHCN initiative, AHA Solutions manages AHACareerCenter.org, the lead online site matching health care employers with the highest qualified candidates. For more information, call 800-242-4677, email careers(at)aha(dot)org, or visit http://www.ahacareercenter.org.

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