Southeast and Saint Francis Form Partnership

Southeast and Saint Francis Form Partnership

A partnership between Southeast and Saint Francis Healthcare aims to help boost the number of healthcare professionals in the workforce in rural Southeast Missouri. The partnership was made possible through the MoExcels Workforce Initiative.

Colleagues at Saint Francis will be able to advance or complete their education at Southeast. The goal is to help increase educational attainment among the healthcare labor force in the region in an affordable, flexible and convenient manner.

“The shortage of skilled healthcare workers in Southeast Missouri needed to treat our aging population is very concerning. Southeast Missouri State is very happy to play a role in opening doors and considering prior learning and professional training, so Saint Francis can better attract individuals and offer advancement opportunities to those committed to providing quality patient care in this region,” says Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast.

While the primary focus is on increasing the number of registered nurses in the area, the program will help train individuals for positions in many other healthcare-related occupations.

The program is also designed to attract individuals from outside of the healthcare industry to fill open Saint Francis positions and retain them as they progress in their employment.

Thanks to diagnostic and therapy services offered at the Autism Center, we are bettering the lives of those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. – Dr. Carlos Vargas, University President

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