Edison and healthcare providers discuss needs


Leaders of Edison Community College’s Darke County campus recently held a roundtable discussion with area healthcare providers to determine how to better serve the industry.

Chad Beanblossom, Executive Director of Edison’s Darke County campus initiated the meeting by providing healthcare leaders with information about Edison’s current programs and, in return, asked them to provide insight into their workforce needs, in-demand healthcare careers, and continuing education requests.

“As Executive Director of the Darke County Campus, it is important for me to bring a variety of groups together to ensure we are meeting the educational needs of Darke County business and industry,” said Beanblossom. “The healthcare roundtable was extremely productive and information compiled will be used to better serve area healthcare providers.”

During the meeting, professionalism, staffing longevity, and necessary experience were discussed as well as new program ideas and continuing education opportunities. Representatives of Edison also highlighted the numerous articulation agreements held with four-year colleges throughout Ohio and beyond.

“I learned about a new and rising career in healthcare as a medical scribe. It is insight like this from those in the field that allow Edison to be proactive in workforce development rather than just reactive,” said Dr. Doreen Larson, President of Edison.

Those in attendance included representatives of the following healthcare providers: Brethren Retirement Community, Comprehensive Health Network, Greenville C-Tec, Greenville Township Rescue, Heartland of Greenville, Versailles Health Care Center, Village Green Health Campus, and Wayne HealthCare.

The meeting also included input from Edison’s Dr. Doreen Larson, President; Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences; Jill Bobb, Associate Program Administrator of Nursing; and Vickie Kirk, Allied Health Faculty and Director of the Phlebotomy program.

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For more information about the wide–range of healthcare programs currently offered at Edison, visit www.edisonohio.edu or call 937-778-8600.

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