Three years ago, Lois Bernstein, Chief Community Executive with Multicare Health System had an idea to partner with several community institutions to help connect local students to the wealth of career opportunities available in the local healthcare industry.
This fall Bernstein's vision came to fruition as the Health and Medicine Academy opened the doors to its inaugural class of 77 freshman. Academy students take regular classes in the morning, followed by specialty classes focused on healthcare in the afternoons. Guest presentations, field trips to local medical facilities, and internship opportunities are key aspects of the Academy as well.
In addition to being part of the Academy's design team over the past three years, GTCF opened the
Lois Bernstein Fund for Health and Medicine Careers Pathways to provide ongoing support for the program.