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Published on June 20, 2013

Project SEARCH Students Recognized at Milford Regional

Four local students were recognized for completing their one year Project SEARCH internship at Milford Regional Medical Center recently. During the celebration, it was announced that all four students have been offered jobs.

Project SEARCH is a transitional program for students ages 18 – 22 with disabilities which provide training and education to acquire the job and life skills necessary to obtain employment. Milford Regional was the first hospital in Massachusetts to adopt the program. It is a collaborative effort with Milford Regional and Milford Public Schools.

Seven Milford Regional departments— sterile processing, clinical equipment, food and nutrition, stock room, housekeeping, facilities management, and linens all had rotations of Project SEARCH interns during the year. The program runs five days a week, six hours a day. Along with work responsibilities in these departments, the students also received daily life skills education and job coaching sessions with an on-site teacher and job coach from Milford Public Schools. Students rotated through a different department every eleven weeks gaining work skills in each area.

“It was great to see the growth and development of the interns as they mastered job skills and became independent in the hospital setting,” says Director of Volunteer Services Elaine Willey, business liaison for the program at Milford Regional. “They became part of the team. We all feel this year was a success.”

Milford Regional and Milford Public Schools administrators were present to congratulate the interns on their successful completion of the program and encouraged participation in the community venture. “It has been very satisfying to personally witness the positive impact this program has made in the lives of the Project SEARCH students who interned at Milford Regional,” says President Edward J. Kelly, “The students’ hard work was appreciated by our patients and staff. The Milford Public School system was pivotal in the program’s success and is to be commended for their tireless commitment to the mission of Project SEARCH. As president of Milford Regional, I cannot say enough about the good will and dedication shown by our departments and staff, as well, for their involvement in mentoring the students. This program was certainly a “win-win” for everyone involved. Milford Regional looks forward to the continued success of Project SEARCH and working with the Milford Public Schools this coming school year.”

Project SEARCH is a program open to students in all school systems in the region. If you are interested in finding out more about Project SEARCH, contact Elaine Willey at ewilley@milreg.org, or Roy Green, Project SEARCH teacher, at rgreene@milfordma.com.

Four local students were recognized for completing their one year Project SEARCH internship at Milford Regional Medical Center recently. During the celebration, it was announced that all four students have been offered jobs.

Milford Regional recognizes Project SEARCH interns upon completion of their one-year program. Pictured (left to right) Frank Saba, CEO, MRMC; Roy Greene, teacher, Milford Schools; Chris Kollett, materiel management; Rich McPherson, clinical equipment; Nick Keisling, intern; Gary Finbow, materiel management; Caitlin Connor, intern; Hugo Castaneda, environmental services; Andrew McCarthy, intern; Katie Clement, food and nutrition; Ashley Gharavi, intern; Deb Hastings, sterile processing; David Martini, job coach; Elaine Willey, business liaison, MRMC; and Edward J. Kelly, president, MRMC.


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