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Federal grant will bring healthcare jobs to Long Beach

March 13, 2012 | 10:41 pm

A $2.8-million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to create 363 healthcare jobs over the next four years in Long Beach, officials said Tuesday.

The money will also be used for additional training that, officials say, will help advance the careers of some 400 hospital employees in the area. 

The grant was awarded to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in partnership with Pacific Gateway, a regional public agency that helps job seekers in Long Beach and nearby cities find employment through various programs.

“This partnership has contributed not only to the services we can provide but also to keep up employment in our community,” said Diana Hendel, chief executive of Long Beach Memorial.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said in a statement that the grant would help strengthen the city’s economy.

The positions -- which include patient-care assistants, surgical sterilization technicians, clinical lab scientists and phlebotomists -- will be created within a four-year period at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital and Community Hospital Long Beach.

The hospitals are part of the nonprofit MemorialCare Health System.

The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor to address the U.S. H-1B Visa program, which raises the technical skills of American workers in occupations and industries that have seen shortages of skilled workers.


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