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EMHS taps into homegrown talent

Pathways-Side-Bar-(1).jpg“EMHS will only be successful with our ambitious goals if we have excellent leadership at all levels of our organization,” EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, told a room full of eager employees, the first group of EMHS ‘POD people.’

September 26 marked the kickoff of the first annual EMHS Professional and Organizational Development Program (POD). This new program, in partnership with Husson University, provides selected employees an opportunity to develop professional skills while earning education credits. Comprised of two separate groups, one for current leaders and the other for employees aspiring to leadership positions, each group receives a tailored curriculum to maximize their experience.
Brian Van De Water, RN, BSN, nurse manager in Mercy Hospital’s Fore River Surgical Unit, is part of the leader group and continually looks for ways to improve and grow his skills. “I’m a new manager and crave more experience and knowledge because I have high standards—I want to get it right.”

This 12-month program includes online participation and group projects submitted by system senior leaders. “Each class is a great cross-section of our system. We have participants who are clinical and non-clinical from all over EMHS, putting our minds together to help solve the system’s toughest issues,” said Shane Perry, APR, web content administrator in the Office of System Communications.

Gina Bowden, an accounts receivable support analyst in EMHS’ Patient Account Services, sees the program as a chance to look beyond her department. “The system is so large—I’d like to understand the big picture and where we’re headed.” Gina’s cohort will learn about everything from system branding and project management to innovation and career development. “I think this program will give me the tools to build my knowledge and the confidence to determine where I want to go in the future at EMHS.”

DSC_0095.JPGCatharine MacLaren, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, and EMHS vice president of Talent and Diversity, and co-creator of the program, is excited for employees to have this resource available. “EMHS relies on talented and inspiring leaders to help us achieve strategic goals—we need a skilled, engaged community. I’m very encouraged by these groups and the great things they will achieve.”

Click here to see a list of the selected class of 2017-2018.
Check back in with Pathways throughout the year as we follow each class through their journey!