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Grant will fund jobs coach at Levindale

A $15,000 gift will help Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital continue its efforts to help people into careers in nursing and geriatric care.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s grant — the third it has made to Levindale in as many years — will help fund the hospital’s career coach specialist, an employee who helps recruit and train people from nearby communities to become geriatric nursing assistants.

It’s a first job for many recruits, so the coach also helps them develop job and life skills such as financial planning, computer literacy and how to behave in a professional manner.

The gift “will provide the opportunity for new employees to begin a career in healthcare with the support and guidance they need to succeed,” Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, Levindale’s parent organization.

In the past year of the program, which lasted from February 2014 to February 2015, 53 of Levindale’s 186 geriatric nursing assistants were part of the workforce development cohort.

Of those 53, 44 are still employed at the hospital — an 83 percent retention rate — that administrators feel  is “really great,” said Helene King, a spokeswoman for Levindale.