“Building Talent Bridges” – Mercy Health and Educators Meet to Identify Gaps

April 6, 2015 5:02 pm

Mercy Health Leadership and Human Resource teams met with educational and employment representatives from throughout the region on March 26, 2015 for a day-long conference and brainstorming session to work toward a partnership.


Tom Karel, Vice President of Human Resources, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

The purpose of the day was to create a dialogue between Mercy Health and its partners to better communicate and explain our talent needs for more effective collaboration to build a pipeline of diverse, highly qualified students. Mercy Health seeks qualified employees, and in working with educators, Mercy Health hopes to “Build Bridges” between education and employment.

“As a leading employer, Mercy Health has defined the competencies needed to perform at high levels,” said Tom Karel, Vice President of Human Resources at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. “We have redefined our talent acquisition process to be evidence-based, so talent we hire has the competencies that are predictive of a high level of success in the career role or path being pursued. However; health care employers need to work even more effectively with our talent supply chain partners to build the models and processes that ensure we have a talent supply chain of highly competent, compassionate and caring talent pool  to meet the demand in those job families where we predict we will have hiring needs. We also want to provide satisfying career options and paths that are personally satisfying.”

The conference was led by the Mercy Health Human Resource Talent Development Acquisition team. Also presenting are Bill Guest, President and Chief Solutions Architect; Metrics Reporting, Inc. and Steven Bennett, Senior Policy Associate & Director, Michigan Center for Career Pathways.

“We shared this vision with our supply chain partners and entered a dialogue about how together, we can achieve this vision,” said Karel. “There was a shared belief this is critical work we need to do. Mercy Health will convene those who are highly motivated to engage in designing the models and processes to ensure we have the talent pipeline to support the healthcare needs of this community into the future.”

 The event’s agenda included sessions on health care competencies, hiring volumes and career navigation. For the past three years Mercy Health has examined the issues and are confident we have tools and solutions that will benefit community partners, students and ultimately, the patients we serve.

Through a variety of presentations, question and answers forums and table top discussions, the nearly 200 attendees were able to discuss and question needs, future needs and challenges that not only Mercy Health faces for employment, but issues that health care across the country will need to address for employment.

Representatives from employment agencies and throughout the region attended, including:

  • Grand Rapids Urban League
  • Michigan Works!
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Grand Valley (including some representatives from the Kirkhof School of Nursing)
  • Muskegon Intermediate School District
  • Muskegon Community College
  • GRCC
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Baker College
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

The Grand Rapids Business Journal featured the event: http://www.grbj.com/articles/82080-deepening-the-talent-pool

Mlive also was there to cover the story: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/mercy_health_to_educators_new.html#incart_river






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