BIDMC honored for job training
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) was honored by Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) with the 2009 Business Leadership Award during its Spring Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston on Tuesday, April 28.
The award recognizes BIDMC's considerable investment in its employees through initiatives such as BIDMC's five pipeline programs, which train employees for higher paying jobs in health care, and the Employee Career Initiative, a service providing one-on-one career and academic counseling and free on-site pre-college and college-level science courses.
In 2008, BIDMC partnered with the JVS Healthcare Training Institute to provide four different levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English Pronunciation, and citizenship classes.
Accepting the 2009 Business Leadership award was BIDMC President and CEO Paul Levy. While introducing him City Council President Michael Ross said, "The leadership at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center understands the importance that higher education plays in advancing a career path."
In accepting the award, Levy stressed the role Workforce Development Director Joanne Pokaski played in creating these programs.
"By collaborating with organizations like JVS, The Boston Foundation and others, Joanne has put together an outstanding program so reflective of the core values that were established at BIDMC over 100 years ago," Levy said.
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