Local Hospitals Receive Funds for Job Training

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Health System is receiving half a million dollars to train 834 employees.

The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity highlighted the federal stimulus dollars at Rockford Memorial Hospital today. It's all part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Employees will train on the Lean Six Sigma System. The tools will help increase the quality and efficiency of local health care to lead to more satisfied patients, while helping our unemployment.

"It's not only just about providing employment opportunities for those who are unfortunately laid off right now, but also upgrading the skills of current workers because as you do that, it provides opening opportunities at entry levels," explains DCEO Director Warren Ribley.

Rockford Health System is also sharing another $288,000 with Freeport Health Network, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and SwedishAmerican Health System. The money will be used to increase the skills of entry level employees.

That training will be done through online courses since most workers are full time employees. It will partially help CNA's and LPN's become registered nurses.

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