Welcome to the Careers at Mercyhealth Mailbag!
Each week, we’ll answer a couple of questions submitted by YOU, our followers, on social media or via email to better help you understand why today’s health care industry could be the place for you and how Mercyhealth can offer you the path toward a lifelong, rewarding career. To submit your question, follow us on Facebook or Instagram at Careers at Mercyhealth and send us a message, or leave a comment on our Careers at Mercyhealth Mailbag posts. You can also email us at email@example.com with the subject ‘Mailbag.’
Let’s get to this week’s mailbag questions – enjoy!
Jon O. from Roscoe, IL (via Facebook): I don’t want a long commute. How many locations do you have and where are they located?
We operate locations across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, including two major hospitals in Rockford: Our Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton campus and our new Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside campus. Our Rockton campus is a Level II Trauma Center and our Riverside campus is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and the only state-designated children’s hospital in the region. Between these two locations, we offer the most comprehensive care options (and CAREER options) in the Stateline. We also operate a major hospital in Janesville – Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville, which houses state-of-the-art surgical suites and medical, surgical, and specialty care units.
In addition, we have a wide variety of career opportunities in a more intimate setting at two critical access hospitals: Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Walworth, and Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard. These critical access hospitals offer almost all of the same services and career opportunities as our large facilities but in a more compact manner and with a more narrow patient population. These critical access hospitals are perfect for those partners who want to make a positive impact on patient lives, but are not comfortable with the pace or scope of a larger hospital.
Stacy G. from Delavan (via Instagram): I see you are looking for Environmental Services help. What exactly is Environmental Services?
Our Environmental Services (or EVS) team is made up of technicians whose primary role is to make sure patient, non-patient, and high-contact areas are clean, sanitary, and safe for use. While some organizations refer to this as a housekeeping role, our EVS partners are highly-trained (which we provide) and use cutting-edge equipment and materials to make sure exam rooms, procedure rooms, patient rooms, common area (cafeteria, waiting rooms, lobby, restrooms) and office spaces adhere to strict codes and regulations to help prevent infection and transmission of germs and/or bacteria. In short, EVS is much more than simply a housekeeping or janitorial job and plays a critical role in keeping our hospitals and clinics running on a 24/7-365 basis.
Michael S. from Beloit (via email): I really want to be a Mercyhealth partner as a CNA (certified nursing assistant), but I don’t have any certification or experience. Do you offer training and can I still apply?
We do not offer training to achieve a CNA certification; however, we do provide training and continuing education to our partners who come to us with the necessary certification. CNA certification usually requires an 8 to 16 week program with a classroom and clinical component that prepares you to enter the allied health and nursing career fields. Our CNAs work closely with our nursing teams in very patient-centered environments, so you would not be eligible for a CNA positions without certification. However, these certification programs are most commonly offered at community or technical colleges (Rock Valley College in Rockford or Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville) or through some vocational or career colleges.
Thank you to Jon, Stacy, and Michael for writing in, and stay tuned for next week’s Careers at Mercyhealth Mailbag!