This month we honor a host site that continues to provide Career Path Services with excellent supervision and mentoring for our clients. Northwest MedStar, a non-profit organization, is the region’s premier critical care transport service dedicated to the safe, compassionate care for thousands of critically ill or injured patients each year through helicopter, fixed wing and ground-based transports to health care facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Patty Avey, this great organization is getting recognized as our February 2015 Ring The Bell Winner (Community Partner).
(1) What makes your nominee a great partner?
Med Star is engaged in a long term unemployment OJT with John Priddy as a Communications Specialist/Dispatcher. This training is very intense and comprehensive, as this dispatcher coordinates between Med Star and hospitals as well as other entities to provide the best care possible.
(2) What part of the community does your nominee serve?
Med Star offers emergency transportation support to individuals in critical medical condition throughout the Northwest.
(3) What specific story or example relating to the partnership would you like to share?
John Priddy, a long-term unemployed individual, applied for a Communications Specialist/Dispatcher position with Med Star. As his case manager, I reached out the Deb Koch, the Communication Center Manager and INHS recruiter (Med Star is part of INHS) to provide a strong endorsement of John and offer on-the-job (OJT) training services. John began employment on December 15, 2014. Deb provided Brad Johnson and I a full tour of their facility to understand more of their services and view the aircraft employed in this service to the community.
(4) How long has your nominee been a partner of Career Path Services?
Med Star is a new partner as of December 2014 with plans to offer further services in the future as they expand their operation.
Riley has been working under Tina Hermann on various database projects throughout her internship with Career Path Services. What makes Riley so great to work with is her ability to listen for what you “need” from your data and translate this into something we can all understand. She is very good at explaining why data points might be “off” or how we can fix the way in which we capture something to more accurately reflect what we are trying to measure.
Another attribute I appreciate in working with Riley is her speed! She is always right on top of a request or question I may have about a report…she has created new reports for me and has fixed several data issues that we’ve identified during the short time she has been with us. She’s also willing to jump in where needed, including “music video assistant director”! It’s great to have Riley on our Career Path Services’ administrative team and I hope she is learning as much as she is giving during her internship with us!
Thank you and congratulations Riley! Contributed by Sarah Featherly, Director of Transitional Jobs.
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