WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Linda Seemeyer and Stoughton Hospital President/CEO Terry Brenny June 5 to announce the new health care industry page on Wisconsin’s online public labor exchange, JobCenterofWisconsin.com
The new page, developed by DWD in collaboration with WHA and other health care industry partners, is a one-stop online resource for information about health care careers, training resources, featured employers, current opportunities, high-growth occupations and other information about Wisconsin’s critical health care industry.
"Wisconsin will have almost a million jobs to fill from 2014-2024 due to growth and replacements, including an estimated 74,000 openings in health care," Allen said. "This new featured page, built in collaboration with industry thought leaders and other partners, is an innovative way to meet demand across the state for talent in high-wage, high-growth occupations."
Allen thanked WHA leadership for stepping forward, identifying other partners and working with DWD to envision and identify content for this new resource. In their formal remarks at the news conference, Allen and Seemeyer both called WHA "one of their most valuable partners."
Borgerding said WHA was pleased to partner with DWD to develop a resource that will help connect job seekers with health careers.
"Workforce is one of our members’ biggest concerns and it’s a top priority at WHA. A hospital must be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These are not only good jobs, but they are positions critical to the health and safety of our communities," according to Borgerding. "But it’s not just that round the clock need. The demand for health care, delivered in multiples types of settings, is accelerating as Wisconsin’s population ages and the rate of chronic disease steadily increases. Hospitals and health care providers are seeing more patients, while at the same time a significant number of health care workers are reaching retirement age and leaving the workforce. A supply and demand one-two punch that is perpetuating health care workforce shortages and demanding an all-hands-on-deck strategy to address."
The health care industry page is the sixth page of its kind since JobCenterofWisconsin.com was launched in 2008. Other featured industry pages include manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, finance/insurance and energy. The page features a quick list of jobs available for health care and related occupations, training information for job seekers, as well as industry-specific documents, reports and trends.
Brenny noted Stoughton Hospital has used JobCenterofWisconsin.com for its recruitment needs for many years. He urged other health care employers to create an account with the site and consider becoming a featured employer on the industry page. "Stoughton Hospital is proud to utilize Wisconsin’s JobCenterofWisconsin website to recruit and hire talented workers and honored to host today’s announcement regarding the website’s new health care industry page," Brenny said. "The new webpage will alert job seekers to the thousands of opportunities that are and will become available in the next several years in the health care field, promoting employment in this key sector of Wisconsin’s economy."
In their remarks, Borgerding and Seemeyer acknowledged Gov. Scott Walker and the Joint Finance Committee for their continued support of and funding for health care workforce-related initiatives such as the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program and new WHA-backed proposals that provide training grants for advanced practice clinician training rotations and allied health professional training consortia.