CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Professionals from the leading healthcare IT companies in Chicagoland and Rush University Medical Center came together at AHEAD's Chicago, Illinois headquarters on September 26 to organize, inform, and plan for transitioning veterans back into the local job market.
Recognizing the needs of Chicago area veterans and their families, Rush University Medical Center developed a program that leverages the IT community through the Rush Center for Veterans and their Families. The program is designed to improve the lives of service members who returned to civilian life with combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). As part of this effort, Rush Information Services is working with local community colleges and IT vendor partners to develop a workforce transition program for military members and their families.
The September 26 kickoff event gave Rush medical experts and returning veterans the opportunity to raise awareness of the new program within the technology community. MAJ Bill Hartel, an Army reserve dentist, gave a stirring, albeit sobering account of theater operations in Afghanistan. He also addressed the struggles veterans face upon their return to the United States. Dr. Mark Pollack, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush, provided insightful views on the medical needs of the veteran and how the Rush Center for Veterans and their Families will respond, also providing outreach and family support. Jaime Parent, vice president of IT Operations and associate CIO, described his six-month training and transitioning program (The EN-abled Vet).
Representatives from the technology industry including AHEAD, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Citrix, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, CDW, RKON, and Cisco collaborated with Rush on how to best assist the program in giving the veteran a solid healthcare IT background that can be used to gain full-time employment in the dynamic healthcare IT field. Companies in attendance committed to supplying education, training, device allocation, and software downloads to veterans.
Rush Information Services has set up a six-month temporary stipend opportunity to train military veterans in key healthcare IT technologies. The program allows for individualized work, flexibility, learning, and growth in the healthcare IT field. The goal during the training is to make the veteran competitive in healthcare fields where technology opportunities exist.
"I am so proud of the young men and women we are bringing into this new program," said Parent. "They already have the desirable skills we all seek in new hires: character, respect, dedication, loyalty, and service. I will be even more proud of them when they leave in three to six months, advancing to successful healthcare IT careers simply because they were given a chance to leverage the character and potential they already possessed."
For more information about the Rush EN-abled Vet program, visit http://healthsystemcio.com/2013/10/01/enabled-veteran-develop-workforce-transition-program-military-members/.
For more information about the Rush Center for Veterans and their Families, visit http://rush.convio.net/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5237.
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