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After her 11-year-old daughter had knee surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Susana Tochimani, 37, knew she not only wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but that she wanted it to be at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
“The way they took care of her and the way they treated us was amazing. I told my husband, ‘I want to be a part of this.’”
Tochimani was hired as the Unit Secretary in a surgery discharge unit at Children’s Colorado after completing the Hire Local program, an intensive 10-week program at Aurora Community College.
Anschutz Medical Campus’ Community-Campus Partnership started the Hire Local program in 2015 as a joint effort. Hire Local offers students training and education related to medical terminology, technical and customer service skills. This education helps provide Aurora community members access to employment opportunities in the medical field. Following the training, Hire Local arranges mock interviews, updates resumes and walks students through the application process.
This program helps Children’s Colorado fulfill its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and hiring local, in support of the community, patients and families.
Jameel Mallory, Hire Local manager for Community-Campus Partnership, heard over and over that people in the surrounding community wanted to work at Children’s Colorado. However, they said barriers like lack of training and support services, language and difficulty of navigating the application process often prevented them from doing so.
The program is beneficial for the Aurora community and for Children’s Colorado. “We want our campus to reflect our community,” says Mallory. “We want families to walk in and feel comfortable because they’re greeted by people who understand where they’re coming from.”
“It prepared me to find the job that I wanted,” says Tochimani. “Sometimes I look at the hospital when I drive by and think, ‘I can’t believe I work here.’”
Learn more about the Community-Campus Partnership and how you can get involved.