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High School Students Graduate from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Structured Learning Experience Program


A Unique Vocational Training Experience for High School Seniors with Learning Disabilities

NBIMC SLEP Graduation 2017

NEWARK, NJ (June 16, 2017) – In an emotional ceremony, eleven Newark high school seniors who participated in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) were awarded certificates of participation from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

This unique program offers high school students with learning challenges the opportunity to complete their senior year of high school at Newark Beth Israel.

The students spend a portion of the day receiving onsite classroom instruction from a Newark Public School special education instructor and another portion of their day learning from hospital staff and contributing to hospital departments.

By the end of the program these students meet the academic requirements for graduation and have worked alongside employee mentors in various hospital departments based on their interests and abilities.

“It’s great to see our students getting prepared for the real world and getting the confidence they need to be successful after graduation,” said Kim Cook, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, who runs the program.

SLEP has made a lasting difference in the lives of students who were considered at-risk youth because of learning challenges.

“Through the Structured Learning Experience Program, Newark Beth Israel has provided internship opportunities for close to 150 special needs students. Many of these students go on to careers in healthcare, in fact one past graduate is a nurse at Newark Beth Israel and has since received two awards for providing excellent patient care,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

The Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and is a 2016 NJBiz Healthcare Hero Award finalist. The program was also honored by the Essex County and Newark Workforce Development Boards’ Disability Issues Committee as an Employer Who Champions Employment for People with Disabilities.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top ten heart transplant centers, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community.

Contact: Patricia Mitrano

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