PBSC and LMC partner to support workforce and education needs
Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus and The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s acute care teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center (LMC), have partnered to support workforce and education needs in the Glades.
As part of the partnership, PBSC high school dual enrollment and Belle Glade campus students will have the opportunity to tour Lakeside, attend information sessions about hospital programs and careers, and learn more about the hospital’s student ambassador program.
PBSC staff will also conduct presentations at LMC regarding the College’s programs to hospital staff and administrators who wish to continue their education.
“We are excited to collaborate with Lakeside Medical Center and believe this strategic partnership will greatly benefit both organizations,” said Dr. LaTanya McNeal, executive dean of the PBSC Belle Glade campus. “Our students will now get the opportunity to learn about the many great career opportunities at Lakeside through a tour of the hospital and their ambassador program. The partnership will also bring Lakeside Medical Center staff to the Belle Glade campus as we jointly plan a series of lunch and learn workshops on health-related topics, develop career seminars and panels on health-related fields for students.”
Other objectives of the partnership include to have LMC host an information table monthly on hospital programs and careers at the Belle Glade campus and PBSC host a table monthly at LMC to distribute information to staff and visitors on the College’s programs.
In addition, LMC staff will collaborate with PBSC Belle Glade Student Activities staff to conduct virtual and in person seminars on health-related topics and LMC staff will collaborate with PBSC Belle Glade Career Center staff to conduct career seminars, presentations, panels on various careers to support Glades area workforce development initiatives.
“Lakeside Medical Center is proud of this innovative partnership with the Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus,” said Janet Moreland, APRN, MSN, LHRM, the hospital’s associate vice president. “We look forward to showing students the hospital’s many rewarding career opportunities, so they’ll consider joining our healthcare team to serve the Glades communities following graduation. This win-win collaboration also affords our hospital staff opportunities to advance their skills through continuing education courses at the college.”
Darcy J. Davis, CEO of The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, also believes this collaboration will further open the door for local students to receive training and employment in the health care field.
“Recruiting medical professionals who provide direct patient care is an ongoing challenge in health care,” Davis said. “To help address this challenge locally, the Health Care District is pleased to collaborate with Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus to create an academic pathway for students that leads to rewarding healthcare professions and also benefits our staff, patients and the entire Glades region.”