Jersey City Medical Center celebrated the graduation of 20 employees, who had successfully completed training as Health Information Management Coders and Patient Care Technicians, at a special ceremony Friday night at the Jersey City Museum.
The program was made possible through a $100,000 grant from Career Works: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative, which was applied for by Lourdes Valdes, Manager, Employment and Training and Development at Jersey City Medical Center. The grant was provided to create employer-led workforce partnerships that will provide advanced skills training for health care employees and help institutions meet the growing demand for these services.
Jersey City Medical Center partnered with William Paterson University to deliver the intensive six-month program for employees. All 10 graduates of the Patient Care Technicians (PCT) program will be offered promotional opportunities at the hospital as PCTs or Certified Medical Assistants. The 10 graduates from the Health Information/Coders program will be eligible for jobs at billers, financial counselors and coders at the hospital.
"Providing educational programs like this demonstrates the hospital's commitment to enhancing the skills of our employees," said Joseph Scott, Jersey City Medical Center's President and CEO, who spoke before graduates, their families, hospital administrators and board members. "If our employees are satisfied, our patients will be too."
Added Mary Cataudella, Vice President, Human Resources, "Our employees can trust we have their best interests in mind. Our goal is to provide programs and services to support our most important resource – our employees."
The program prepared entry-level workers, such as patient escorts, unit secretaries, data entry clerks, security officers and building service workers for better-paid, more skilled positions. Classes were held three hours each evening, Monday – Friday, for employees of the institution, Hudson County's largest provider of healthcare services.