This year's Project SEARCH program student interns graduate in May.
SRHS Aids in Promoting Awareness for Disabilities in the Workforce
SRHS recognized for efforts through Governor’s Committee
The South Carolina Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities recently honored Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) as the Large Employer of the Year. This is the second time SRHS has been recognized by the committee; the first was in 2006.
This award recognizes organizations that have exemplary practices in hiring people with disabilities, making worksite accommodations, and actively promote disability awareness and workforce opportunities in the business community. The awards result from nominations throughout the state. The nominations are made by the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department and the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. They use a standard nomination form to submit the nominations, and SRHS was nominated by the Spartanburg Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
“It is such an honor that Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is recognized for our efforts promoting workforce opportunities for individuals with disabilities,” Kathy Sinclair, SRHS Vice President of Human Resources, said.
In 2014, SRHS placed student interns through the Project SEARCH program. The program was a result of a partnership with Spartanburg School District 6, the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department and the Upstate Workforce Investment Board to continue promoting disability awareness in the community. Project SEARCH is a program that provides education and employment opportunities for students with developmental disabilities. This partnership resulted in the first Project SEARCH program established in South Carolina. There are currently 300 Project SEARCH programs in 46 states across the United States.
SRHS’s first Project SEARCH class is graduating in May and many of the participants have employment opportunities lined up. These students spent the past year interning in different areas of the hospital including dining services, endoscopy services, sterile processing and pediatric rehabilitation.
The South Carolina Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities was established by Governor Strom Thurmond in 1949 to publicize the potential of those with disabilities in the workplace. After the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, the committee increased the focus promoting access to employment and other areas of life for people with disabilities. Now, the goals of the committee include creating a public awareness of the talents and qualifications of workers with disabilities and the positive impact added to the workforce and local economies.
About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award. The American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.