Monday, June 11, 2012
Three north country women will be recognized today for strides they’ve made in the health care field with assistance from the Northern Area Health Education Center Inc.
Based in Canton, NAHEC is a nonprofit agency that works to promote health care jobs by educating teenagers and young adults about the large variety of careers available in the field.
Providing clinical experience and continuing education are also part of the agency’s mission. Its five-county region includes St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin, Lewis and Clinton counties.
Richard K. Merchant, the agency’s chief executive officer, said the demand for health care workers continues to grow in Northern New York as retiring baby boomers create job vacancies and need health-related services themselves. The demand exists at all levels, from certified nursing assistants to surgeons.
Matching workers with available jobs is crucial for the region’s economic future, Mr. Merchant said, noting that 93 percent of those served by his agency have found employment in the region.
During NAHEC’s annual luncheon meeting today, three women who were served by the agency will share their personal success stories. The celebration begins at noon at the Adirondack Lodge on the Clarkson University campus.
In addition, the annual Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Marci Wood of Franklin County. She will receive $1,000 toward her education at Albany College of Pharmacy.
Honorees include Kim McFadden, who recently was promoted to administrator at United Helpers Maplewood nursing home and assisted-living campus. Through a NAHEC-funded program, she received her degree in health care administration and also received certification as a nurse’s aide
Emilie Wilcox of Malone will share her story about overcoming obstacles and passing coursework to become a certified nursing assistant.
“Emilie was a teen parent who was just coming out of a homeless situation when she connected with a NAHEC career readiness counselor,” said center director Anita M. Merrill.