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Grand Healthcare celebrates CNA student graduations

Posted 9/24/22

The Grand Healthcare System has spearheaded a new way of providing quality care to residents in their 22 New York rehabilitation and nursing facilities.

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Grand Healthcare celebrates CNA student graduations

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UTICA — The Grand Healthcare System has spearheaded a new way of providing quality care to residents in their 22 New York rehabilitation and nursing facilities.

Recognizing that dedicated, quality staff make all the difference in healthcare, The Grand says that it has designed a certified nursing aide training course at no cost to the employees that allows staff members to advance in their career.

Based on the success of the first session, the number of students has significantly increased for the second program, the Grand reports. Graduates receive company support, including tuition reimbursement, to continue advancing professionally. The payoff is symbiotic: the more The Grand invests in their team members, the better care The Grand’s residents will receive from professionals who are committed to them, the ornanization said.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Grand’s 93 new CNAs celebrated their “GRANDuation” at 17 simultaneous ceremonies across New York, including Utica and Ilion, according to the organization’s announcement.

“These graduates are the second cohort of students who have jumped at the chance to build a career from the ground up, as a part of The Grand Healthcare System,” the announcement said.

“We are creating opportunities for our staff to learn and grow. It’s amazing to see them take advantage of The Grand’s tuition reimbursement program and continue their career growth,” said Nona Bluestien, the Grand’s corporate program director.

“I already have students who have started the process of becoming an LPN (licensed practical nurse) or RN (registered nurse),” said Bluestien. “I am incredibly proud of each of my students who have completed this course and committed to their future at The Grand.”

The Grand Healthcare System offers a full continuum of healthcare and care services at 22 facilities in Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Monroe, Otsego, Steuben, and Nassau counties, as well as the borough of Queens.

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