"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Site Selection

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a site selection coordinator for a company looking to locate to our community.  Should this company locate in Western Maryland, it would be wonderful for economic development.  One hundred professional jobs right from the start.  The coordinator's questions were mostly around workforce.  Recognizing the differences between our businesses, he was still very impressed with our ability for workforce development in Western Maryland. 

We are so fortunate to have Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) and Frostburg State University (FSU).  I described the number of graduates who are employed at WMHS from both institutions and that if we need courses, a curriculum, a certificate program or a degree track, we can always count on both.  The number of allied health professionals who graduate from ACM and are employed at WMHS is amazing.  We help out with scholarships in a variety of areas.  There was a need for a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and FSU came to the rescue, complementing the two-year Associate degree program at ACM. 

One of the clear advantages of working in a more rural community is that everyone helps each out for the betterment of the region.  Thank you, ACM and FSU.

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