Hospital’s spring appeal focuses on workforce training initiative

ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital seeks support to strengthen the health-care team of tomorrow with the launch of its Spring Community Appeal. With a focus on workforce development to ensure quality care for area residents well into the future, the community is invited to help invest in the effort.

“Maine Coast Hospital has been a vital community resource for almost 65 years,” according to a hospital statement. “An investment in its workforce is a commitment to supporting patients and families, caregivers and staff and the community. The benefits of investing in workforce development go beyond the bedside.”

For the past two years, Maine Coast has partnered with Eastern Maine Community College to teach nursing curriculum to 12 Hancock County residents. These students complete their nursing education onsite at the hospital. Additionally, the hospital now educates medical assistant students onsite, with several Hancock County residents currently completing their education and training at no cost, while receiving a full-time hourly salary and benefits. Upon successful completion of the 17-week program, participants will be able to work as medical assistants, helping to alleviate a crucial shortage of these professionals.

Initiatives such the nursing collaborative and the medical assistant training program aim to:

• Train and educate the caregivers of tomorrow for sustainable, well-paying careers.

• Address workforce gaps.

• Attract and retain skilled health-care professionals who will call Hancock County home.

According to Maine Coast President John Ronan, “These programs are just the beginning. Our goal is to expand and create additional opportunities for education and training in other professions, like surgical technology. We can’t sit back and hope to have a highly skilled workforce; it’s in our best interest to work together now and encourage the next generation of caregivers to consider healthcare as a career.”

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a supporter of the hospital’s Employee Occupational Training program.

“Occupational credentials and certifications allow individuals to advance their career and gain greater job stability,” said Jack Frost, the bank’s director of community giving. “Northern Light has taken a proactive approach to investing in advanced training and education that make it possible for employees to advance into positions such as CNAs, LPNs and medical assistants.”

For more information, contact JoAnn Brown at 664-5548 or joa[email protected] To donate, visit

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