Mercy Hospital receives $400k John T. Gorman Foundation grant for workforce development initiative
Northern Light Mercy Hospital announced that the John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded a $400,000 challenge grant to support its +MPower workforce development program. This new program is providing training and opportunity to new Mainers and others who may face challenges to entering or advancing in the workforce.
“We’re grateful to the John T. Gorman Foundation for their strong partnership and generous support of Mercy’s workforce development program,” said Melissa Skahan, vice president of mission integration at Mercy Hospital. “With their help, we’re able to provide vital resources and training to help marginalized communities begin healthcare careers or advance in the workplace. Together, we’re helping to close the opportunity gap for many in our community.”
Through community partnerships with Portland Adult Education and others, +MPower establishes career pathways with enhanced access to education and training. The program helps participants begin or advance careers and earn higher wages while also helping employers meet workforce needs.
“Too often, new Mainers and others face systemic barriers that keep them from advancing in the workforce, despite their great potential and desire to do so,” said John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone. “The John T. Gorman Foundation appreciates that Mercy Hospital is providing new opportunities and supports to enable new and incumbent workers to successfully pursue their career aspirations. We know it will make a positive difference for many workers, their families, and our communities.”
Recognizing the connection between a skilled healthcare workforce and increased access to care in the community, the John T. Gorman Foundation challenge grant will inspire support of Mercy’s capital campaign. For every $100 raised for the campaign, the Foundation will contribute $20 to the +MPower program, up to a total of $400,000. Mercy’s capital campaign supports the hospital’s consolidation to its expanded Fore River Parkway campus, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.