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October 12 2017

State of Wisconsin recognizes ProHealth for training youth with disabilities

ProHealth Care has received recognition from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

On Oct. 11, DWD leaders presented ProHealth with an award to honor its role in Project SEARCH, a job-training program for young adults ages 18 to 25 who have cognitive and physical disabilities. ProHealth has trained 38 Project SEARCH interns for employment since 2013.

“Your partnership is critical and valued,” Dave Anderson, assistant DWD deputy director, told ProHealth representatives at the award presentation at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital. “We appreciate all that you do to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities in the workforce.” 

“Project SEARCH is right for the bottom line, right for bringing talent to organizations and right for the community,” said Bob Glowacki, CEO of Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin. “We are seeing amazing results in terms of real wages, opportunities and contributions.”

The program is a collaborative effort among Easterseals, the DWD’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, ProHealth Care and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Six Project SEARCH interns began training at Waukesha Memorial in September and are expected to graduate in June. They are: Austin Coffen, Mukwonago; Grayson Dugall, Waukesha; Matthew Hirsch, Brookfield; Alyssa Johnson, Muskego; Nicolaus LaMere, Waukesha; and McKenzie Vanden Boom, Oconomowoc.

Interns are selected through an application and interview process. During their internships, they experience total immersion in a work environment and learn competitive, marketable and transferable skills. Waukesha Memorial internships include 10-week rotations in food and nutrition services, facilities, logistics, neuroscience and cardiovascular care, care management and nursing administration.

“The interns bring a lot of energy to our department,” said Randy Sparrow, ProHealth director of food and environmental services. “Our staff enjoy working with them to develop their skills and talents. We get as much benefit, if not more, from them.”

Pictured left to right: Dave Anderson, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and Jeff Squire, chief corporate affairs officer, ProHealth Care.

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For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.