Hackensack Meridian Health Awarded $3 Million From Grunin Foundation

Hackensack Meridian Health Awarded $3 Million From Grunin Foundation

New Jersey-based Meridian Health Foundation has announced a $3 million gift from the Grunin Foundation in support of new patient care technician (PCT) preceptorship and apprenticeship programs.

The gift will support programs designed to provide development opportunities to individuals who want to build a career as a PCT, as well as the means to move into long-term, higher-paying clinical positions such as nursing. The programs also will provide employment opportunities for local community members with limited education who wish to embark on a career in health care.

In addition to direct patient care — feeding, bathing, ambulating, phlebotomy, conducting electrocardiograms (EKGs), and finger-stick blood-glucose monitoring — PCTs provide emotional support to patients and their families, record and report vital signs, monitor patients' conditions, and provide updates to the care team. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the need for PCTs will grow by more than 18 percent over the next three years.

"This generous gift by the Grunin Foundation is the first of its kind for Hackensack Meridian Health," said the hospital system's CEO, Robert C. Garrett. "PCTs are hands-on at the bedside taking care of our patients each and every day, and it's vital that we offer them educational opportunities and a career path, as many of them seek to grow in the field of health care. Additionally, this gift will afford team members who may be working in other areas of the network — such as environmental services or food and nutrition — an opportunity to grow in a career, while offering additional employment opportunities for our community. It’s an incredibly important gift and I am extremely grateful that the Grunin Foundation recognizes the value that PCTs bring to the patient care experience."

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