More than 50 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Texas weren't the only thing Dwyer Workforce Development acquired when it paid $590 million to purchase Regency Integrated Health Services in September.
To boost the number of people working in healthcare, a program was launched in Texas.
Jack and Nancy Dwyer established the non-profit organization Dwyer Workforce Development in Maryland in 2021. It purchases for-profit senior care facilities and turns them into nonprofit facilities. The organization's Dwyer Scholars program invests the money made from the centers back towards health care training.
In Austin, Dwyer took over nursing and rehabilitation facilities at Brodie Ranch, Heritage Park, Onion Creek, Riverside, Southpark Meadows, West Oaks, and Windsor. In Central Texas, Bastrop Lost Pines and Silver Pines were the nursing and rehabilitation facilities that Dwyer took over.
Through the Dwyer Scholars program, the money those institutions make will be used to train more people.
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According to Barb Clapp, CEO of the Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Center, the Scholars program provides certified nursing assistant training to persons "who lack possibilities."
"Giving people the tools to transform their life can lead to great things, according to Jack Dwyer, creator, owner, and president of Capital Funding Group and Dwyer Workforce Development. Since our solution entails several different steps, we're rethinking what it means to be a charity. We do more than just give money; we take action, and I'm determined to keep putting my life on the line for others.”
These include persons who have aged out of foster care, young moms, recent immigrants, or refugees, as well as other individuals who cannot afford college or job training.
According to Clapp, a person's life is changed by earning a nursing degree for the first time. "Causes should not be used to define you."
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Dwyer assists academics with job placement when they acquire their certification as a certified nursing assistant.
After receiving their training, individuals are not required to continue working in one of Dwyer's nursing and rehabilitation facilities to be a part of the program.
Dwyer will pay for the scholars' future career training to become licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, or physician's assistants after they have worked for a year as certified nursing assistants.
Doing the right thing is important, according to Clap. They are assisting in the retention of present employees and increasing the census of patients per nurse.
To minimize obstacles from deflecting students from their goals, Dwyer also offers case management. That could entail providing assistance with childcare or transportation, or replacing a scholar's door following a case of domestic abuse, according to Clapp.
Clapp stated, "They provide information to case managers that they wouldn't divulge to their bosses."
Any obstacle could serve as one. In Maryland, a case manager assisted an employer in explaining why a licensed nursing assistant shouldn't be required to remove her headscarf for the employee badge photographs. The scholar obtained her badge and began working thanks to that advocate.
Dwyer established Dwyer Scholars last year to train 250 persons annually in Maryland.
In Texas, 400 persons are to be trained in the first year; Austin will be the beginning point, followed by Houston and then Dallas.
Dwyer is seeking to establish links with institutions of higher learning including Austin Community College.
People can visit the Dwyer Workforce Development website, dwyerworkforcedev.org, to apply to be a scholar.
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