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Training a robust healthcare workforce is a vital need in every community, but more so during a year marked by a pandemic. Over the last six years and through the partnership between PIC MC and Holy Cross Health, the opportunities for the College’s students to obtain their clinical experience at Holy Cross Health increased significantly as did the student enrollment, rotations, and graduates in the healthcare fields.

PIC MC’s Martha Schoonmaker and Melanie Kandel reviewing plans.

Montgomery College’s Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) is celebrating the 6th anniversary of the partnership it shares with Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. With the partnership, MC students participate in clinical experiences for nursing and allied health programs. The partnership has also provided funding for special projects that include scholarship funds for students.

“It’s hard to believe that six years have passed. Holy Cross Health and Montgomery College have partnered for over a decade to bring health and education together in the upcounty,” said Doug Ryder, president, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. “This partnership has been wonderful for our organizations and our community. Together, we have developed new programs, supported community health and wellbeing and educated, trained and employed new caregivers. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital loves being a lead tenant on the PIC MC campus, and we’re excited for the collaboration and growth to come.”

“Holy Cross Germantown Hospital has provided the best example of a partnership between PIC MC’s anchor resident partner and the Health Sciences department to provide onsite clinical work of our students that we hope we can duplicate with additional located companies on campus,” said Montgomery College’s executive director of PIC MC Martha Schoonmaker.

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital has provided the best example of a partnership between PIC MC’s anchor resident partner and the Health Sciences department to provide onsite clinical work of our students that we hope we can duplicate with additional located companies on campus.

Holy Cross Health and MC align to directly support the needs of the students and faculty and the goals of the partnership.

“For many years, Montgomery College (MC) and Holy Cross Health have enjoyed a close and productive relationship that has been extraordinarily successful,” said Monique Davis, collegewide dean for Health Science and Health Enhancement, Exercise Science and Physical Education.

Monique Davis, collegewide dean for Health Science and Health Enhancement, Exercise Science and Physical Education.

The Collaboration Agreement, which was built upon the original 2008 MOU, focuses on mutual priorities that benefit both the college and hospital system, students and the community at large. According to the collaboration agreement, the goals are to:

  1. Promote mutually beneficial priorities that enhance both institutions
  2. Build healthy, just communities in Montgomery County
  3. Enhance the educational opportunities for College students, HCH and College employees, and community members
  4. Create workforce development and career opportunities in nursing, health sciences and STEM fields.

Holy Cross Health’s interests include the recruitment and retention of a sufficient, superior and quality healthcare workforce and increasing the number of prepared Registered Nurses with bachelor’s degrees and staff continuing education and career development. The College’s interests include advancing higher education, providing quality clinical settings for its students, increasing enrollment through retention, and student completion through licensures, certifications, and degree completion.

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