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Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Announces Training Program for Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

(June 13, 2012)

Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Announces Training Program for Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council today announced that the North Shore-LIJ Health System has signed a contract with the state to begin training 50 unemployed nurses on the strength of $80,000 in awards it received as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. North Shore-LIJ is helping the board-certified registered nurses to become certified in Ambulatory Medical Information Technology and will commit to hiring at least 25 of the RN’s at private practice locations throughout NYC, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The new jobs will have an average salary of $65,000, boosting North Shore-LIJ’s payroll by more than $8 million over the next five years.

“This is a smart investment for the health and well-being of Long Islanders that will create much-needed jobs and provide the healthcare industry with the highly trained nurses they’re looking for,” said Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University and Regional Council co-chair.

“Creating jobs has been the top priority of Governor Cuomo and the Council, and this program will provide Long Island’s out of work nurses with the skills they need to get back to work while strengthening our healthcare system for the 21st Century,” said Kevin S. Law, President & CEO Long Island Association and Regional Council co-chair.

The nurse training in medical IT is being conducted as part of the “Next Generation of Healthcare Workers” program, a collaboration between North Shore-LIJ and Adelphi University. The certification training is necessary to establish and utilize an electronic medical record for every patient, a federal mandate requires all healthcare facilities in the nation to automate their patient record systems by 2014. Two training sessions are being held at the North Shore-LIJ Center for Learning and Innovation: Session I began two weeks ago and will run through October 2012, and Session II runs from September to December 2012.

“Thanks to the Governor and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, we’re preparing nurses on Long Island for new emerging roles in medical IT that are helping to improve quality and transform the way healthcare is delivered in New York and across the country,” said Michael Dowling, North Shore-LIJ’s president and CEO.

North Shore-LIJ facilities annually care for 283,000 inpatients, conduct 133,000 ambulatory surgery procedures, deliver over 25,000 babies, treat approximately 640,000 emergency patients and provide over 500,000 home health visits. North Shore-LIJ Health's commitment to education and learning extends beyond its undergraduate and graduate professional teaching programs. In 2002, North Shore-LIJ Health established a corporate university, called the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), to provide continuous learning opportunities for staff in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to support the health system’s strategic and patient care goals.

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, North Shore-LIJ was awarded $80,000, with the New York State Department of Labor contributing a grant of up to $50,000 and Empire State Development awarding up to $30,000 for a portion of eligible costs from the Economic Development Purposes Fund.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “Workforce training programs provide New Yorkers with the necessary tools and skills to find and keep a job. By giving unemployed nurses the opportunity to advance their skill set, the Regional Council and Northshore-LIJ are creating much needed jobs and improving the quality of life for Long Islanders by ensuring they have access to quality healthcare facilities with a staff of highly trained professionals.”

Mario Musolino, Department of Labor Executive Deputy Commissioner and Agency Liaison to the Regional Economic Development Councils, said “Industries and workers on Long Island are benefiting now from these training dollars and will continue to benefit in the future. Using this regional strategy, businesses and healthcare providers will be provided with a steady stream of work-ready employees, while workers will obtain permanent employment and skills they will have for the rest of their lives."

Workforce Investment Act grant funding is provided to private sector for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for skills upgrading of their workforce. This includes providing training to: new hires who are long-term unemployed individuals to perform their required job duties; long term unemployed individuals in a customized classroom setting with a commitment to hire individuals who successfully complete the training; and existing employees who without the training are at risk of being laid off.

The Regional Economic Development Council Capital Fund Program (“Regional Council Fund”) and the Empire State Economic Development Fund (“EDF”) together make available $170 million of capital grant funding for the State‘s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, which helps drive regional and local economic development across New York State in cooperation with ten Regional Economic Development Councils (“Regional Councils”). Funding is available for capital-based economic development initiatives intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business activity in a community or region. In addition, $4 million from the Urban and Community Development Program is reserved for 1) development of mixed-use properties in highly distressed areas (article 18 of the general municipal; law) or economic development zones or 2) central business district or commercial area improvements.

Senator Carl Marcellino said, “The often untold story of these partnerships is the tremendous return on the government’s modest investments and the jobs they create. But better still we will see a new generation of health care workers trained in a technology that will manage their workflow more efficiently and help manage escalating health care costs.”

Assemblyman James Conte said, “Nursing is a rewarding and good-paying career that offers job stability and tremendous opportunity for advancement during one of the most difficult economic times. This program will go a long way toward bolstering the region’s healthcare system, while providing essential employment opportunities for Long Islanders.”

About North Shore-LIJ Health System

The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,467 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. With a workforce of more than 43,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.

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