DeTar Healthcare System partners with Victoria College for $90,440 job-training grant

DeTar Healthcare System has partnered with Victoria College to provide job training with a $90,440 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The grant will be used to custom train 60 new and current nonclinical workers for healthcare office and computer skills related to registration and admitting, technical training, medical billing and insurance coding. Those trained will include admissions and clerical personnel, phlebotomists and insurance representatives.

George Parsley, DeTar Healthcare System chief operating officer, said the grant is very important to the hospital and its employees. While most people think of hospitals as only populated by doctors and nurses, there are also admitting clerks, unit secretaries, phlebotomists, environmental services aides and others who are part of the system, he noted.

“These people are the face of the hospital, so we need to teach them the things they have to know in order to be successful in the workplace,” Parsley said. “They are absolutely vital to the success of the operation. We can’t do what we do without them.
Dr. Tom Butler, Victoria College president, said the grant was a win for the community and the DeTar employees.

“We are able to expand the number of people who have good jobs, new jobs, jobs that pay better and expand the skills of existing employees,” Butler said. “It really is a win all around.”

Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission chairman, emphasized the importance of the grant and how it can improve the community.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” Alcantar said. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

Alcantar complimented VC staff and administration for responding to the needs of area industry and diversifying into the healthcare field.

“This is another investment the team has worked hard to secure and bring back to this area,” he said. “This industry is highlighted by its numbers – the fact that it’s growing, that opportunity continues to expand and that there is a real need for certain types of occupations.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2014, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 316,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,074 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated nearly $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2014-15 biennium.

Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://www.texasworkforce.org/programs/skills-development-program-overview .

Photo caption: Officials from Victoria College, DeTar Healthcare System and the Texas Workforce Commission gathered Monday to announce a $90,440 Skills Development Fund Grant. VC, in partnership with DeTar, will use the money to train 60 admission/admitting specialists, phlebotomists, unit secretaries and insurance follow-up representatives. Pictured are, from left to right: Sherry Williams, DeTar Healthcare System Human Resources director; Henry Guajardo, Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board executive director; Dr. Tom Butler, Victoria College president; Greg Vrieze, DeTar Healthcare System Lab Services director; Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission chairman; DeTar Healthcare System representatives George Parsley, chief operating officer; John Villafranca, director of Outpatient Business Development and VC Board of Trustees member; David Salomon, Business Office director; and Becky Linville, Admitting director.

Published: Thursday, 18 December 2014
 

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