Bon Secours Virginia Health System has hired its first veterans through the Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program, which affords service members with specialized training opportunities for employment and pathways to licensure and long-term medical careers. To date, five veterans have been hired by the health system for the position of clinical care technicians in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas.
“In 2012, Bon Secours Virginia committed to hiring 450 veterans, and since that time close to 600 veterans have been employed,” said Jim Godwin, vice president, human resources, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “We were the first health system in Virginia to commit to the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program, and we continue to employ veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and many military spouses to serve in various capacities to include nurses, technicians, administrative and finance staff, and at the executive level.”
The MMAC program, authorized by legislation passed unanimously in the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, focuses on a solution to health care staffing shortages while boosting veteran hiring. Army medics, Navy and Coast Guard corpsmen, and Air Force medical technicians receive extensive and valuable health care training while on active duty. When they transition to civilian life, their military health care training doesn’t always translate into comparable certifications or licenses required for civilian health care jobs. Many medically trained veterans are now unemployed, yet they have valuable skills and experience needed in civilian health care. MMAC is the only such program in the nation, and Bon Secours is one of six health care systems in Virginia participating in the pilot program.
"We have a responsibility to empower our fast-growing community of Virginia Veterans and put their tremendous skills to work to grow our economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The health care industry is a major employer in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we attract and retain as many of the more than 11,000 medics and corpsmen that transition out of the military each year as we can. The Military Medics and Corpsmen Program is an innovative initiative that helps these veterans maintain their clinical skills while providing a talent pool for healthcare providers like Bon Secours Virginia Health System.”
“I would like to thank Bon Secours for providing this opportunity for me to continue my medical career and advance my medical credentials,” said James Tuppince, clinical care technician, Bon Secours Richmond Health System.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services recruits and screens MMAC candidates worldwide and assists with job placement. The hiring decisions, general scope of practice, and potential credentialing and educational opportunities are determined by the MMAC partner health care systems. For more details about the MMAC program, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.
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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.
The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals.
- ·Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, Rappahannock General Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
- ·Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation
The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visitwww.bsvaf.org.