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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Boar

Hi-Desert Medical Center

Workforce Challenge

The Hi-Desert Medical Center employs over 600 people in the Morongo Basin. The center was challenged by the economic downturn, but with help from the Workforce Investment Board’s business services, they have accessed trained staff as well as other assistance. Recently, they needed to hire six new employees, and they turned again to the San Bernardino WIB for assistance.

Workforce Solution

Hi Desert Medical Center accessed the WIBs On-the-Job Training program, to hire and train six full-time registered nurses. The On-the-Job Training program reimbursed the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a portion of a new hires' wages during the initial training period, saving the Center over $25,000 in training costs.

Outcomes & Benefits

All six employees are now fully trained and have completed the probationary period. They are employed full-time at over $28.00 per hour. “When we learned about the On-the-Job Training program, it sounded too good to be true,” said Lionel Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer for Hi-Desert Medical Center. “The financial and professional support provided by the Workforce Investment Board’s program reduced our expense, limited our risk, and helped us recruit excellent employees at no cost to us."

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