Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has created the Center for Health Careers to address the shortage of nurses and other key health caregivers in the state. Set up as a public-private industry partnership, the center will provide a coordinated plan and leadership to address future demands, provide outreach and offer financial assistance to students and educational programs. Citing a study by the Milken Institute, officials said Pennsylvania ranks first in the U.S. for its concentration of healthcare employment with nearly 800,000 jobs and another 82,000 employees at biomedical companies. State officials estimated there are 17,000 nursing and healthcare job openings statewide and said projections show significant increases in unfilled positions in the future. Gerald Miller, president and chief executive officer of Crozer-Keystone Health System in Springfield, serves as co-chair of the center along with Eileen Connelly, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union and Kathleen Malloy, vice president of health professions at the Community College of Allegheny County. The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania applauded the center's creation, saying it looked forward "to working with the Rendell administration on this important workforce development initiative." -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. gov. creates center to address nurse shortage
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