Advocate Trinity Hospital
Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago is distinguished for its advanced cardiovascular care, primary stroke care center, oncology center and an array of surgical specialties not found in most community hospitals. Recognized for its commitment to patient safety and community health, Trinity was the first Chicago hospital to be certified as Baby-Friendly by the World Health Organization.
The perfect match
LaTara Ward, CNA, is exactly who the Advocate Workforce Initiative was looking for, and the program is exactly what LaTara needed.
The Advocate Workforce Initiative is innovative and strategic program aimed at aligning the skill set of current job seekers with high-growth middle-skill health care jobs. The program identifies entry-level and middle-skill health care occupations that are in high demand and then helps provide the training necessary for participants to be successful.
The Infinitive was the perfect answer for Ward, a single mother of five, who wanted to make a career change and gravitated toward health care after her oldest child was diagnosed with cancer.
Her 12-week coursework prepared her for the state test as a certified nurse assistant. Then she moved on to the organization’s NAVIGATE program, designed to hone “soft skills” such as communication and leadership to groom her for career advancement.
Now working full time as a nurse assistant at Advocate Trinity Hospital, she is embarking on her two years of coursework at South Suburban College to earn her degree as a registered nurse. She found tuition support through a three-year federal Health Profession Opportunity Grant.
“I truly look forward to going to work each day, but more than anything, I look forward to the joy on my children’s faces as they greet me in the morning after a night of work. They are constantly asking how my patients are, and they want to know what I’ve done all night. I see how positively it has affected them, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Now I can offer my children a higher quality of life, one they can feel proud of,” said LaTara.
Advocate first rolled out Advocate Workforce Initiative at Advocate Trinity Hospital, followed by Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in 2017, then Advocate Christ Medical Center in 2018 and will launch at Advocate South Suburban Hospital and Advocate Medical Group in 2019.
“The launch has been very successful at Advocate Trinity Hospital,” said Clayton Pryor, Director, Workforce Development. “We have had some great hires from the initiative, and first-year retention is trending much higher than the traditional population. The program is designed to provide economic opportunity and access to growing health care careers to Chicago’s most vulnerable populations, and it is doing just that. LaTara is a shining example of the possibilities.”