Healthcare professionals are the infrastructure of Phoenix Children's; without them, this hospital couldn't stand. We are aggressively recruiting physicians, nurses, students, and other staff to help bolster the hospital's growth.
"Bricks and mortar don't mean a thing without healthcare professionals. All this building will be for nothing unless we add the specialists, nurses, and other staff to serve the complex needs of our children," said Bob Meyer, President and CEO, Phoenix Children's Hospital.
The hospital has been aggressively recruiting specialists for the past two years. Many of the additions will strengthen existing programs at Phoenix Children's, but several new specialists are starting new programs, such as Epileptology and Rheumatology. The strategy is a forward-thinking one, recognizing that both a larger facility and more specialists are equally important elements in the expansion.
Program for new graduate nurses
Phoenix Children's Hospital identified an effective strategy to address the nursing shortage and "bridge the gap" between college graduation and advanced pediatric nursing. The Graduate Advancement Program in Pediatrics, or GAPP™, offers a comprehensive training program in pediatrics for new graduate nurses. GAPP is working: Phoenix Children's added 98 new graduate nurses to its staff in 2007, and at least 108 in 2008.
Growing our own doctors
At Phoenix Children's Hospital we are committed to training the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. We strive to provide excellent training for sub-specialized fellows, pediatric residents, and medical students, while offering high-quality medical care to all children and their families. Our hospital provides a perfect setting for this kind of training and preparation -- advanced technology, innovative research, and a spirit of community involvement are combined to promote healthy education and the well-being of children.