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November 15, 2022

USJ partners with St. Francis Hospital to meet demand for healthcare workers

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER University of St. Joseph President Rhona Free inside Mercy Hall at the college’s West Hartford campus.

In an effort to address the growing demand in Connecticut for clinical healthcare workers, the University of St. Joseph announced Monday it would be forging a partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital to provide enhanced opportunities for USJ students in their clinical training at the two institutions.

As part of the partnership, the three institutions will increase the number of USJ students – including from diverse backgrounds – who are placed in positions at St. Francis and Mount Sinai.

Highlights of the arrangement include tuition discounts for St. Francis and Mount Sinai employees and mentoring opportunities.

USJ Provost Michelle Kalis said: “What makes this partnership truly unique is the close collaboration between the hospitals’ clinical staff and USJ creating stronger connections between the classroom teaching and clinical experiences.”

Thomas Burke, president of both St. Francis and Mount Sinai said: “This collaboration will enhance the USJ students’ educational and clinical experience, allow our colleagues to further expand their education and, ultimately, provide our community with continued outstanding care.”

A study by consulting firm Mercer forecasts that in 2025 there will be a shortage nationally of more than 400,000 home health aides and 29,400 nurse practitioners. There will also be shortages in other healthcare professions, according to Mercer.

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