Childrens Hospital Profiled
Jobs, community outreach and research were on the minds of The Rev. Nathaniel Moody, whose Brown-Hutcherson Ministries hosted the
Moody pointed out that preparing young people for health care jobs at the new facility at Spectrum Health's Butterworth Campus needs to begin now for its 2010 opening.
"We want to be in a position with our community… where we can find students going to college and start grooming them toward what you're going to need," Moody said.
Dr. Bob Connors, Children's Hospital president, said the 150 jobs expected to be created will range from blue-collar to doctors. The average wage and benefits is estimated at $49,493.
"In some areas, growth in health care is flat," Connors said. "But children's health care is still growing."
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In response to White's query, Connors assured him that the Children's Hospital is committed to community education and research. He said the 14-story glass building will include space for staff and community education.
"We believe we can't be a full community provider without learning more about the advancement of science and medicine," Connors added.
The hearing was conducted as part of the process for a Certificate of Need, which Spectrum Health must acquire from the state Department of Community Health prior to construction of the new hospital. The