Training Programs Provide Meaningful Career Paths
Bruce Raymond was caring for his grandmother at
the end of her life when, he said, “I had an important
epiphany. I realized that I was very adept at caring for
people who were sick, and that I found it fulfilling.”
Raymond enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant
(CNA) program at Maine Medical Center (MMC)
in 2016 and now works at MMC in The Barbara Bush
Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as he
continues his education to earn his BSN.
“Being of service to others has profoundly changed me and
added meaning that I’ve sought my entire life,” Raymond said.
Across the country and here in Maine, the demand for
talented, qualified health care providers like Raymond is
great. MaineHealth is committed to workforce training
and development efforts and has been for many years.
MMC’s CNA program is now 18 years old. The hospital
sponsors 90 students per year, and 95 percent of them are
hired by the hospital.
The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical
Technology, which began in the 1960s, allows students
to rotate through MaineHealth-affiliated clinical sites
from MaineGeneral Health to Southern Maine Health
Care. Twenty students graduated in 2017 and more than
half are now working at a MaineHealth hospital. NorDx
has also created a program to train phlebotomists to meet the needs of our hospitals and patient service centers.