Pictured are: (left to right) Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center Environmental Service Operations Manager Fran Jackson; GHS Medical Center Environmental Services Director Kevin Horton; Georgia Rehabilitation Agency President Jennifer Howell; GHS Health System Director of Talent Acquisition and Management Lee Powell; Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Specialist Walker Merritt; and Georgia Rehabilitation Agency President Ed James.
Georgia Health Sciences Health System was named Employer of the Year by the Georgia Department of Labor’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program. The award was presented to GHS on Sept. 7 at the 2012 Georgia Rehabilitation Association Conference in Savannah, Ga.
GHS was nominated for a May employment campaign with Vocational Rehabilitation that resulted in full-time positions for several VR clients in the health system’s Environmental Services Division.
GHS Health System is the not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical arm of Georgia Health Sciences University, which includes the 478-bed GHS Medical Center, housing the region’s only Level I trauma center; the 154-bed Children’s Medical Center, providing the highest level of pediatric and neonatal critical care; and more than 80 outpatient clinics. GHS offers the most comprehensive primary specialty and subspecialty care in the region, has a payroll of more than $100 million and employs about 3,000 people.
The Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services Division operates five programs that aim to optimize the productivity, independence and employment prospects of people with disabilities. One of those programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, serves an average of 35,000 Georgians annually and interacts with more than 3,200 Georgia employers.
In each of the last five fiscal years, an average of 4,500 Georgians with disabilities were successfully rehabilitated and employed in meaningful jobs at competitive wages.