When does a job become a career? The answer may lie in the philosophy of the company for which you work. At ProMedica, employees can advance in their initial career path, with the option to move from department to department in search of their true calling.
ProMedica now operates the former HRC Manor Care facilities. According to ProMedica in the Lehigh Valley Regional Staffing Specialist Tamara Noel, employees of the national health care firm can take advantage of programs that will help them find the perfect career.
“Right now, we have many openings at our six skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in the Lehigh Valley. We currently have positions available in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton,” Noel said. “There is a real need for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nurse aides (CNAs), in addition to other positions throughout the company. Candidates starting at ProMedica receive a generous suite of benefits as well as the chance to expand their horizons and move within the company.”
ProMedica offers a 401(k) plan with up to 2% matching, as well as a competitive health coverage plan, innovative training programs, tuition assistance, professional growth opportunities and career stability.
“We encourage our team members to grow within the ProMedica family,” Noel added. “Employees have started with the company as CNAs and then continued their studies to become RNs and LPNs. We welcome new graduates and we help our employees build their skills through our relationships with such respected schools as Lincoln Tech and the Falcon Institute. A person can begin as a CNA and discover new interests outside the nursing field. When that happens, we will help them transition.”
One such ProMedica employee is John Lucas, who has been employed with HCR ManorCare (now ProMedica, formerly HCR ManorCare) since 2002. John started as an aide in ProMedica’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bethlehem. He later began volunteering in the activities department during both his on and off hours. After doing volunteer work as his high school community service, he realized he wanted to embark on a new career path in the activities department, where he would have more one-to-one personal contact with the patients.
“I encourage people interested in medical careers to prioritize employment with ProMedica,” Lucas said. “I started working at ProMedica as an activities assistant, and now a year-and-a-half later, I have been promoted to activities director. There is plenty of room for growth. I enjoy working in the ProMedica family environment that embodies both the patients and the staff. When you wake up every day excited to get back to work and do more, you know you’ve hit the jackpot with where you work.”
Katherine Lenart began her career as an activities aide and a year later was promoted to social services director for ProMedica’s Old Orchard facility.
Courtney Lewis, who has been with ProMedica for 18 months as an admissions coordinator for the Old Orchard and Easton facilities, has recently entered an LPN program because she was inspired to become a nurse. Lewis, who is taking advantage of the tuition assistance program with ProMedica, stated that “ProMedica makes it easy to balance work and school.”
“I wanted to help with the growing need for nurses and I was inspired to become a nurse because it is a rewarding position,” Lewis noted. “At ProMedica you become a family with the people you work with and the residents who live there.”
Noel suggested that anyone who loves caring for people and who would like to pursue a career that offers an excellent benefits package and opportunities for advancement should explore the openings posted on the ProMedica website. For more information call 484-356-4717 or visit careers.promedicaseniorcare.org.