Why former factory and retail workers may help with healthcare staffing in Ohio

Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo is recruiting students from the manufacturing and retail sectors amid a growing need for skilled healthcare workers, reports CNN Money.

The recruitment—which comes as factory and retail workers have lost their jobs after layoffs at companies such as General Motors and Toys R Us — could be especially beneficial for Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, a 23-hospital system that partners with the school, according to Jason Theadore, vice president of ambulatory services and business development with the health system.

Factory workers know about long shifts, and former retail workers can offer a different perspective on customer care at hospitals, Mr. Theadore told CNN Money.

He said: "People from diverse career backgrounds are helping us think differently about how we deliver care."

Mercy College offers various short-term programs. Some of the most sought after programs include ophthalmic technology, community health worker, EMT/paramedic and the sleep technology certificates, according to the report. CNN Money notes many graduates from programs like these ultimately find jobs at Mercy Health. 

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