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Canton Chamber Receives Recognition from Governor Snyder in Honor of Healthcare Event for Youth Career Exploration Presented by Beaumont


CANTON, Mich., May 15, 2018 – Healthcare Next Generation is a key initiative of the Canton Chamber of Commerce focused on Youth Career Exploration in health professions.

News of Healthcare Next Generation has made its way to our states capital as Governor Rick Snyder has recognized the Canton Chamber’s efforts for this event.  In a letter to the Canton Chamber Governor Snyder says, “At a time when our state needs to be making innovative changes to the way we prepare students for future careers, it is wonderful to have your partnership and commitment to helping us on the way to achieving those goals.  Thank you for your dedication to providing Michiganders with a better quality of life.  I look forward to working with you all as we provide opportunities for lifelong education and career training and a path towards a brighter future.”

On May 18th 150 High School students from the Plymouth-Canton School District will tour Beaumont Health facilities to be exposed to various career pathways in the health care industry.  Students will tour several departments including, Orthopedics, Emergency Room, Lab, Radiology, Nursing, just to name a few.  Students will also have the opportunity to sit through fast paced presentations from health care professionals detailing how they entered their specific career pathways.  Presentations will include an address from Eric Widner, division President of Beaumont Hospital, Wayne.  Beaumont is the Major sponsor for this groundbreaking event.

“We are truly honored to have Beaumont as a partner and Major Sponsor of this event.  It would have been impossible to host Healthcare Next Generation without their support.  They have ensured that all students involved will receive a dynamic and cutting edge learning experience,” says Thomas Paden, President of the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Plymouth-Canton Students will also be exposed to the various educational pathways necessary for healthcare professionals.  Eastern Michigan University College of Health and Human Services will be the afternoon host.  Students will experience an array of learning labs; athletic training, clinical lab sciences, dietetics, health administration/public health education, exercise science, occupational therapy and orthotics and prosthetics.

As the world of work transforms, the healthcare industry is at the epicenter of change. The industry is growing rapidly and facing talent and skills shortages. At the same time, the accelerating pace of medical and technological advancements means medical professionals must constantly adapt to new breakthroughs and changing expectations. Within the healthcare industry, the skills gap hinders not only company growth objectives, but also an organization’s ability to render superior patient care. To effectively respond to the changing health care talent landscape, organizations need to take proactive steps to plan for their future needs.  Healthcare Next Generation sets its goals to serve the workforce needs of our healthcare industry partners by filling the talent pipeline with future workers.

A key strategy for combating the health care talent shortage will be convincing more young people to enter the health care industry. This is the mission of Healthcare Next Generation.

The Canton Chamber of Commerce will be the catalyst for bringing businesses, local government and citizens together to advance the economic prosperity of our community.




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