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The Central San Joaquin Valley has one of the lowest physician-per-capita ratios in California, and changes in healthcare are making it harder for people to find a doctor here. Community Medical Centers’ 40-year partnership with the University of California, San Francisco – rated among the top five best medical schools in the nation – educates more than 300 physicians a year in Community’s hospitals.
Becker's Healthcare listed Community Medical Centers in its 2015 edition of "150 great places to work in healthcare."
Community Medical Centers provides its employees with numerous educational opportunities to grow their careers in the Valley. Last year the healthcare network invested more than $18.5 million in educational reimbursements, professional certifications and clinical education’ and advanced leadership training.
As part of efforts to find the best nurses, Community Medical Centers teamed up with West Hills College Lemoore on an innovative program to train new nurses – providing for all the students’ clinical rotations and nurse externships in all of Community’s hospitals. Students are mentored by seasoned nurses, working side-by-side with them providing direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings, including pediatric, burn and psychiatric care.
Community Medical Centers and University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center (UCSF) have signed a formal Letter of Intent to significantly expand pediatric specialty care and the pediatric medical education program at Community hospitals and clinics.
The medical field is constantly changing and so is the need for medical education. Community Medical Centers’ partners at Wells Fargo Bank met this need by again showing their support with a $100,000 commitment toward employees' education at Community.
For the Jerry Cook family, whose roots in the Clovis area go back generations, building a strong community has always involved strengthening leadership in two key areas – healthcare and education. Jerry’s father, Einar Cook, was instrumental in creating the Clovis Unified School District and helping build Clovis’ only hospital.
Community Regional Medical Center’s diagnostic medical sonography program is now one of three in California with dual accreditation in cardiac and general sonography and one of the few hospital based programs offering all classes and clinical experience on site. The 18-month-old program recently received approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
After six months of employment, full-time and part-time (working at least 40 hours per pay period) employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Financial assistance for job-related educational courses is available for up to $2,300 per year for registration fees, and up to $250 per course for books each semester.
All Community employees are eligible to enroll in Community's retirement plan, after working 1,000 hours in 12 months immediately preceding semi-annual enrollment. Upon retirement, employees have the money they contributed, the money Community contributed and the interest earned (Employees become vested after three years if they work at least 1,000 hours in the 12-month period.) Employees also may take their account balance with them if they leave Community before retiring.