Health notes: New program trains hospital workers to become surgical technologists | Jacksonville News, Sports and Entertainment

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Surgical Technology Workforce Certificate program has created a partnership with Baptist Health and Memorial Hospital to train hospital workers who currently hold positions in various departments at the hospitals, including billing and insurance clerks, floor technicians and nursing assistants, to become surgical technologists.

The program is designed to allow students to continue as full-time employees at the hospitals, maintaining their pay and benefits. When the students complete the program and earn their certification, they will be promoted within their facility. With these certificates, the graduates will earn significantly more than they are in their current positions.

This partnership addresses the shortage of well-qualified, certified surgical technologists in the Jacksonville area. The first cohort of 12 students began in October 2016 and will complete the program this October. A second cohort of 12 Baptist Health and Memorial Hospital workers will begin the surgical technology program in November.

ORANGE PARK RESIDENTS GRADUATE

Last Thursday Orange Park Medical Center held a graduation ceremony for physicians completing their residency program. On average, 70 percent of physicians stay within the community of their residency program.

The Orange Park Medical Center residency program currently includes physicians specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology and a transitional year program which focuses on sub-specialties. The programs vary from 1-4 years in length. During their time at Orange Park Medical Center the residents see patients both in the hospital and in a clinic setting. With the addition of new programs on the rise, the program is expected to have a resident population of 100 by the year 2020.

WOLFIE AVAILABLE AT WALGREENS

Customers who make a $10 donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital at any area Walgreens location in June will receive a…

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