Just as Lancaster General Health strives to provide an extraordinary place to receive care today, we are equally committed to maintaining a workforce that will assure extraordinary care for decades to come.
Creating Strong Leaders
An important part of LG Health’s Mission to advance the health and well-being of the communities we serve involves creating a pipeline of future leaders with the skills and flexibility necessary to adapt to ongoing changes in the healthcare industry.
“Several years ago, we began to purposefully focus on succession planning, and in 2008, initiated a formalized and systematic approach to talent management,” said LG Health President & CEO Thomas E. Beeman. “More than 100 future leaders have already participated in training, identifying and building upon their talents and strengths to ensure our health system is viable for many years to come.”
Extraordinary Opportunities on the Front Lines
The Frontline Healthcare Worker Center for Excellence is one way LG Health supports its employees in achieving success. Offered by the LG College of Nursing & Health Sciences’ Institute for Professional Development, the program provides employees who literally are on the “front lines” every day—interacting directly with patients, family members, vendors and co-workers—the chance for personal and professional development. The free classes cover everything from purchasing a home and making healthy food choices, to developing stress management and workplace skills for success.
Cyndi Boozer, a tenant service representative with LG Health Real Estate and Leasing, exemplifies how the program works. Not long ago, she would do almost anything to avoid presenting in front of a group. Now, not only is she comfortable with public speaking, she has led training classes and confidently coordinates the health system’s Home in the City, a program that provides assistance to employees purchasing homes around Lancaster General Hospital.
“I really wanted to grow in the communications area so I could be more valuable to my team,” said Cyndi, who has worked for LG Health for two years. “When I learned about the Frontline Healthcare Worker program, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Over the past year, more than 280 employees from departments throughout the health system participated in the program. Cyndi completed ten of the classes and eagerly awaits future offerings.
“The Frontline Healthcare Worker program is just one example of LG Health’s strong commitment to lifelong learning,” said Regina Mingle, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Leadership Officer. ”We recognize that to assure the highest level of healthcare for our community, we need to recruit and retain talented and compassionate individuals today, and provide our employees with ongoing opportunities to develop and succeed.”
Addressing the Need for Future Healthcare Workers
By expanding its nursing education to include three new baccalaureate programs, the LG College of Nursing & Health Sciences is reinforcing its commitment to healthcare excellence in the community it serves, now and into the future.
Adding Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing, Health Sciences and Healthcare Administration “significantly expands the breadth and depth of healthcare education in our community, and reinforces our dedication to our Mission,” emphasized Mingle.
The Nursing and Health Sciences courses will be offered in accelerated formats, allowing students to attend classes just one day per week and complete their degrees in about two years. The curriculum is designed for working professionals who previously completed an associate degree, diploma or certification in their specialty fields.
Healthcare Administration is a non-clinical baccalaureate degree earned through a four-year program designed to integrate general education and applied sciences to prepare graduates for professional careers in a variety of healthcare or related health settings.
The College continues to award two types of associate degrees: the Associate in Applied Science and the Associate in Science in Nursing. The College also awards certificates in a variety of programs.