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(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A bridge to career development

LifeBridge Health is one of the country’s most committed employers when it comes to career-development and support for workers, according to a national organization that measures such things.

The Baltimore-based health system was one of nine companies nationwide selected as a 2014 “Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion” by CareerSTAT, a collaborative of health care leaders that encourages employers to invest in their employees.

CareerSTAT is an initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future, organizations that work to advance the careers of low-wage workers. It recognizes employers who offer large-scale skills training and support services to their employees.

LifeBridge Health — which includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Geriatric Center and Hospital and Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center — received praise for its multiple workforce development programs and other support services.

The health system offers job training, life skills coaching (such as lessons on financial literacy and time management), leadership courses and a variety of specialized skills workshops. LifeBridge also offers tuition assistance of between $3,000 and $5,000 annually for higher education courses.

So far this year, 370 LifeBridge employees have participated in a workforce development program; 208 have enrolled in the health system’s onsite academic readiness programs (with 185 of them receiving certificates of completion); 162 employees have participated in career coaching and 41 have enrolled in a college program, according to LifeBridge officials.

“This is a national acknowledgement of the support we give to our employees as an organization,” said Anita Hammond, LifeBridge’s workforce development manager, in a statement. “We value the development of all contributors to the LifeBridge Health system, and we believe that everyone has the capacity to do his or her best and be a leader.”