Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) today celebrated 15 graduates of an initiative designed to provide career advancement opportunities to BIDMC employees and meet diverse staffing needs. Since BIDMC’s Workforce Development Department launched the Pipeline Programs in 2004, more than 90 employees have been promoted into higher-skilled, better paying roles within the medical center.

Today’s event honored employees graduating from skill advancement programs in Medical Coding and Central Processing, as well as programs for staff interested in becoming Patient Care Technicians and Pharmacy Technicians. BIDMC also offers programs for other professions, including Research Administrator and Registration Specialist.

“Our staff is our greatest asset, and programs like this help us retain terrific people,” said Nancy Formella, RN, BIDMC’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled to see these employees advance their careers within our organization.”

“Our Pipeline Programs help meet staffing needs and reduce turnover, but more importantly, they offer employees opportunities for growth and development right here at BIDMC,” said Judith Bieber, Senior Vice President for Human Resources. “We are very proud of our graduates.”

“The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development is a proud to be a partner of the pipeline programs at BIDMC,” said Trinh Nguyen, Director of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Workforce Development. “We’re committed to career paths and economic upward mobility for Boston residents. BIDMC’s training programs exhibit these promising practices – strong employer engagement in recruiting, hiring and retaining a talent pool – that the industry can model. Congratulations to BIDMC’s graduates, staff and partners.”

Most of the programs are offered onsite at BIDMC and at no cost to employees. Participants are guaranteed a job upon successful completion of the program.

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