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BIDMC's Workforce Efforts Honored

Named a Workforce Solutions Group Champion at the Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce

STURBRIDGE, MA - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was one of three employers honored as a Workforce Solutions Group Champion at the Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit, which convened 300 business, education and labor leaders from around the state, with Gov. Deval Patrick the featured speaker.

BIDMC was nominated for the award by the Boston Private Industry Council and the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services.
Joanne Pokaski, BIDMC's director of workforce development, accepted the award from Worcester Mayor Joseph O'Brien and Workforce Solutions Group Director Sue Parsons.

"I was surprised and delighted to hear that public officials in the Boston area had nominated BIDMC as an employer that champions workforce training," said Pokaski. "It was great to have BIDMC's commitment to workforce development acknowledged locally. And then to be one of three employers honored at the state level was amazing."

BIDMC currently offers 13 different workforce development programs for its employees, including English classes for non-native speakers, GED preparation, free on-site pre-college classes and college-level science courses, and pipeline programs training employees into patient care technician, medical laboratory technician, research administrator and nurse roles.

"Our career advancement programs are a very important part of our Human Resources strategy. We want to ensure that anyone who wants to move ahead at BIDMC has the opportunity to do so," added Lisa Zankman, BIDMC's senior vice president for human resources.

BIDMC also collaborates with seven community based training programs and provides 50 internships for young people and adults from the community each year.

Bay State Medical Center in Springfield and Coca Cola North America of Northampton were the other two employers honored at the Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org .