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Springfield Technical Community College Awarded Training Grant and Partners with The Loomis Communities

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) was recently awarded a $154,438 Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grant to help area health care facilities train employees in lean practices, improve patient services, and reduce health care costs in the region.

STCC has partnered with three local employers and four health care facilities to conduct the training: Loomis House; Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing; Life Care Center of Wilbraham; and Wingate Healthcare, Springfield.

“We are very excited that our two nursing homes have been chosen to participate in the grant awarded to STCC,” said Karen A. Jackson, chief operating officer for The Loomis Communities. “This grant is extremely innovative and will provide our front-line employees with experiential training in the lean principles as a new approach to quality assurance and performance improvement in nursing homes. Our staff will have the opportunity to work with staff from two other area nursing homes while being trained in problem analysis and developing their skills in communication, problem solving and team work. These new skills will benefit our residents by optimizing resident outcomes and increasing worker efficiency. The employee teams will learn in a train-the-trainer structure and then return to their work sites to train their peers in the processes they have learned.”

“We have a close working relationship with regional health care agencies,” said Michael C. Foss, STCC dean of the school of health and patient simulation. “With STCC’s SIMS Medical Center and Mobile SIM, we can bring the latest in realistic patient simulation to the employer which will enable us to identify and address specific areas to be clarified and streamlined. At the same time, we will train selected employees to continue the process on a daily basis. This is a big win for employers, employees and those they serve.”

Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grants, directed by the Commonwealth Corporation, were awarded to 53 organizations throughout Massachusetts who will help train health care providers to improve patient service and reduce health care costs.

In 2012, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to enact health care cost containment legislation and establish the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The Fund is administered by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).

About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

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