South-Western and OhioHealth partner for new work-based program

OhioHealth, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church, announces a new working relationship with South-Western City Schools to find the next generation of young talent.

With the new collaboration, OhioHealth will work directly with the school district through a Work-Based Learning program, creating formal critical-roles pathways for seniors. The goal is to prepare students for roles in nursing, pharmacy, patient service associate, medical assistants and more. The program has already hired two dozen student interns from the district and other educational organizations in a Patient Support Assistant-intern (PSA-i) role.

“To continue to be the leader in local healthcare, we have to be the leader in finding the best and brightest young talent,” said Mindy Sanford, OhioHealth senior advisor, workforce development partnerships and programs. “We believe with this collaboration with quality education entities, we have tapped into a young professional pipeline, with an eye to a long healthcare career, and a desire to serve our patients and live the OhioHealth mission and values that make our organization special.”

Pre-nursing students will apply, interview, and have the potential to be selected into the OhioHealth program. In this program, pre-nursing students complete their state tested nursing assistant certification by the end of their junior year. The senior year will be half classwork, the other half working in their paid PSA-i role.

In June, OhioHealth and Columbus State Community College announced an innovative partnership that will double the number of professionals trained in five healthcare fields, addressing a critical need for patient care specialists throughout central Ohio. As part of this new collaboration, the program will serve as a potential feeder program to the larger OhioHealth and Columbus State Community College partnership.

“We are thrilled for our South-Western Career Academy (SWCA) students to partner with OhioHealth on innovative solutions to address the health care and workforce needs of our community,” said Christine Galvin, director of career-technical education at South-Western City Schools District. “This relationship will provide our students with invaluable hands-on clinical experiences by allowing them to go directly from the classroom to the hospital floor. OhioHealth and South-Western City Schools have a shared focus on fostering the next generation of health care professionals for tomorrow’s workforce. As we look to double the number of graduates from our pre-nursing program heading into 2024, this partnership will provide SWCA students with affordable, accessible, and sustainable career opportunities through work-based learning.”

The goal is to grow this opportunity each year and continue to open the pipeline of local healthcare talent, while adding jobs in the local market.

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