Ohio health system lowers hiring age to 16 to address workforce gaps

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Mount Carmel Health System, based in Columbus, Ohio, said it is taking a two-pronged approach to recruitment, which includes hiring workers under 18.

The organization “is focused on finding the next generation of healthcare workers and supporting our current workforce,” said Rachel Barb, regional director of healthcare system talent acquisition. Becker’s by email. “By strengthening and retaining seasoned healthcare professionals, the next generation will learn from the experience.”

Mount Carmel decided to hire workers under the age of 18 late last year, with the long-term goal of raising awareness of job opportunities in the healthcare field. Ms Barb said she also wanted to inspire young people to consider programs in nursing, surgical technology and laboratory science, among other fields.

Mount Carmel will launch its first patient-facing role for ages 16 and older this spring and is expecting the first training course in late June.

Prior to September 2021, Mount Carmel said it only hired applicants who were 18 years of age or older.

“However, after thoughtful discussions with our local workforce development partners, we secured the appropriate support to lower our hiring age to 16, which opened the door for those wishing to start their career in health care to join the Mount Carmel team,” said Ms. Barbillon.

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