Pictured from left to right are: Robin L. Leonard, Staff Development Assistant at Maplewood, Anitta M. Merrill, Center Director at The Northern Area Health Education Center, and Kim A. McFaddin, Interim Assistant Administrator at Maplewood.

United Helpers and NAHEC Team Up

CANTON, NY— With the Berger Commission’s recommendations for rightsizing nursing homes in New York State, many health care professionals are faced with the consolidation, closure, conversion, and restructuring of their facilities. Through support from the Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) located in Canton, NY, United Helpers has embraced and supported the Berger Commission’s recommendations by shifting from the medical model of care to the new person-centered paradigm.

The community-academic partnership between United Helpers and the Northern Area Health Education Center has provided United Helpers with over $300,000 in grants geared toward career exploration and academic training, which in turn has made United Helpers employees universal workers, as well as well-rounded health care professionals.

“NAHEC is a wonderful support for people working in health care,” said Maplewood’s Interim Assistant Administrator Kim A. McFaddin who was able to complete the necessary courses needed for her Administrator License. “NAHEC provided me the opportunity to pursue training and course work that enhanced my skills and knowledge base. I have had a wonderful opportunity to move forward in my health career and I thank NAHEC for their support.”

The Northern Area Health Education Center increases access to quality healthcare by introducing individuals to the numerous career opportunities available from their local healthcare employers. This Pipeline to Practice approach connects students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health. As part of the larger New York State AHEC System, NAHEC is one of nine centers in the State offering statewide capacity for addressing healthcare workforce needs. NAHEC serves Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties.

Through grant monies provided by NAHEC, the United Helpers Maplewood Campus has been able to purchase video conferencing equipment, a smart board and projector, an automated external defibrillator (AED) and manuals for training, a lap top computer, text books and clinical equipment for RN, LPN, and CNA programs, mannequins for CPR training, educational presentations, uniforms, and DVD’s for in-service training. In addition, NAHEC assisted Maplewood with tuition fees for LPN, RN, Activities Director and Healthcare management courses, as well as registration fees for seminars and conventions, Home Health Aide Training, House Expert Training, Dementia Expert Training, and on the job training for CNA and Task Aides.

“Working with the teams from both Northern and Central AHEC has been an incredible experience,” said Robin L. Leonard, Staff Development Assistant at Maplewood. “They have assisted us with providing necessary equipment and funding for education and professional growth that otherwise may have not been possible. We hope to continue working with them for years to come.”

Call the United Helpers Maplewood Campus today at (315) 386-4541 and get the health care that you deserve.

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