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City of Chicago Follows Saint Anthony Hospital’s Lead


Addressing the need for an increasingly skilled workforce in Chicago’s healthcare industry, including nurses, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the launch of Building a Career Ladder in Healthcare to 13 Chicago-area hospitals.

The two-course, 32-week program, which is free to employees, is for entry-level workers in the healthcare industry and features on-site instruction offered before and after work.

Known as School at Work, the initiative is funded by the Chicago Department of Community Development, SERCO Inc. (specifically, Central States SER), the Eleanor Foundation, the Steans Family Foundation and the Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation.

Saint Anthony Hospital on Chicago’s Southwest Side introduced the School at Work program a year ago and “graduated” its first class of 18 students in August. Saint Anthony was selected as the mentor organization for Chicago hospitals participating in the program.

“I want to thank Saint Anthony Hospital for leading the way,” Daley said at a March 10 news conference at the hospital.

Chicago hospitals participating in School at Work include Advocate South Suburban, Children’s Memorial Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Norwegian-American Hospital, Our Lady of the Resurrection, Resurrection Medical Center, Roseland Coummunity Hospital, Sinai Health System, Saint James Hospital and Health Centers, South Shore Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital and University of Chicago Medical Center.


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