Methodist Richardson helps to train the healthcare workers of tomorrow

Methodist Richardson was proud to take part in the open house for the all-new Richardson ISD Health Science Academy on Thursday, Jan 5. The program has expanded and moved into 7,000 square feet of space at the Methodist Richardson – Campus for Continuing Care on Campbell Road. The program is the first in the state to offer an authentic classroom setting in an actual hospital. Methodist Richardson donated the space along with utilities to the district.

With hands-on training, students have the opportunity to earn 12 different healthcare certifications, including pharmacy technician and certified nursing aide. There are currently 225 students enrolled, but with the expanded space, the program has a capacity of 600 students.

Methodist Richardson President Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE, says: “This is a win-win not just for our community and our students but also for the future of healthcare. We are training the next generation who will take care of us someday.”

This partnership even garnered publicity on Thursday, Jan. 5. Click on these links to see the local news coverage: The Dallas Morning NewsUnivision 23, and CBS 11

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Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE (left), and Jeannie Stone, EdD, RISD superintendent, welcome health and science students to an open house at the Campus for Continuing Care