Mercy Health and Its Colleagues Receive Three Awards From West Michigan Works!, Including Partner of the Year 2015
Due to its innovative approaches and commitment to hiring a diverse workforce, Mercy Health was recognized by West Michigan Works! for three different awards during a luncheon on December 9, 2015, at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
Mercy Health has been named as Partner of the Year by West Michigan Works! Mercy Health hosted nearly 100 workforce development and educational partners across the region at the Mercy Health Building Talent Bridges event earlier this year. This event was the foundation upon which a health care consortium was created in West Michigan, leading to the development of the nation’s first United States Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for medical assistants and a career portfolio process that sets the standard for identifying talent, not only in health care, but across all industries.
The late Tom Karel, former vice president of Human Resources for Mercy Health, is also being honored with the Workforce Excellence Award for his tireless commitment to diversity in the workforce. Julie MacFarland, Talent Acquisition Team lead, accepted this award on behalf of Shana Welch, regional director of Talent Acquisition, during the luncheon.
The third award was presented to Daniel Lewis, patient companion for Mercy Health, who received funds for training through West Michigan Works! Lewis, who now works for Mercy Health, was invited to share his experience about how his success with West Michigan Works! led him to an opportunity at Mercy Health.