July 24, 2008

New Scholarship Program to Help Address Workforce Crisis and Advance Health Care Professionals

The American Hospital Association's Career Center, today announced the launch of a new scholarship program--the National Healthcare Career Network Scholarship program. Health care is 'People taking care of People'. It takes a special person to commit to a lifetime of caring for others and this work happens in many ways throughout the health care system - direct care with doctors and nurses to critical services functions to hospital administration.

The goal of the scholarship program is to promote health care as a career choice for dedicated, ambitious and talented students who are preparing for their future today and those who are committed to being life long learners, mentors, volunteers and sharing their knowledge through participating in professional societies, community organizations and networking groups tomorrow.

Health care needs a strong, educated, caring and diverse workforce that represents and is accountable to the communities it serves and is committed to health improvement.

"We are looking for students interested in all areas of health care on both the clinical and non-clinical capacities. Areas of particular focus include difficult to fill positions or those with high turnover such as nursing, radiology, business or health care administration, medical technology, finance, revenue management and other allied health professions," said Tony Burke, President and CEO of AHA Solutions.

The scholarship program is open to full-time students who are currently enrolled in a health care program with an accredited college or university and are U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status.

This scholarship program is made possible through the generous contributions of the AHA's initial Career Center Charter Members (Scripps Health in San Diego; Health First in Rockledge, FL; St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID; Memorial Health System, Springfield, IL; Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia, PA; and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Brookfield, WI).

"Scripps Health is proud to be the first charter member and is committed not only to raising the awareness of health care workforce shortages, but also to finding solutions," said Vic Buzachero, Scripps Health's corporate senior vice president of human resources. "Scripps is dedicated to this issue in many ways and the National Healthcare Career Network initiative was a logical fit with our corporate and community approach."

"Health First is excited to be among the early organizations to become a Charter Member and recognize the importance of supporting the National Healthcare Career Network. We see how important it is to attract the most qualified health care candidates, ensuring quality care for our patients and their families. We feel that by actively participating in the Network, we are demonstrating our organizational commitment to solving one of our field's greatest challenges," stated Bob Walters, Director Human Resource Operations - Health First.

All scholarship applications are available on the website (www.aha-solutions.org) and the deadline for the 2008 submission cycle is September 5, 2008. Scholarship winners will be announced on October 12th at the 2008 ASHHRA Annual Conference. For full details on the Scholarship, visit the website at www.aha-solutions.org.

About AHA

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 4,800 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.

About AHA Solutions

AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct product due diligence and identify solutions to hospital challenges in the areas of finance, human resources, patient flow and technology. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision-making. As a subsidiary of the AHA, the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at (800) 242-4677 or visit www.aha-solutions.org.

About the National Healthcare Career Network

The National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN) brings together health care audiences across the health care spectrum and connects them through a single network. The NHCN aligns health care associations - asking each one to become involved - owning and participating together to create a network of linked professional health care membership organizations to provide job placement, career development and advancement opportunities to health care professionals. NHCN's Managing Partner, Boxwood is participating with founding partners, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and The American Hospital Association to promote health care associations as the preferred resource for finding healthcare talent. For more information on the NHCN visit www.NationalHealthcareCareerNetwork.com.