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POD-Thumbnail.jpgWhether you’re new to your career or have decades of experience, this program is for you. Northern Light Health’s Professional and Organizational Development program (POD) is designed specifically to give you the tools and knowledge you need to take you where you want to go.
The POD program is designed in partnership with Husson University to give our team members leadership skills you can apply right away, an in-depth understanding of our system and the healthcare industry, networking opportunities with colleagues from around the system, and a chance to earn college credits at a significantly reduced rate.

The 12-month program runs annually from September through August and includes online participation, in-person learning, and group projects. These projects tackle actual issues our system is facing that tie directly to initiatives from our system’s strategic goals. Past classes have tackled topics like integrating veterans into the workforce and finding solutions to creating better patient safety communications with frontline team members. “We are able to link the POD classroom topics to real life project work happening in our system today. These projects have been a great learning experience for participants and provided real solutions to all of our member organizations,” says Janet Nelligan, Northern Light Health Talent and Diversity specialist.

You do not need to be enrolled in a college or university to participate in POD, however through this partnership with Husson University, we are able to give participants academic credits just for successfully completing the program. “I was so impressed with the extraordinary quality of professors from Husson University. They not only brought their academic expertise to the POD program, but a tremendous amount of world experience tailored to our goals,” says Jennean Hunter, LMSW, care manager at Northern Light Mercy Hospital.

Learn More
We will be holding several informational Skype sessions happening now through July 17, where you can get your questions answered. Visit to find the schedule of informational calls, program FAQs, your application, and more. Applications for the class of 2019 - 2020 are being accepted June 27 – July 18.