Methodist Health System Selected By Industry Leaders As Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion

2019 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion

Healthcare organizations receive recognition for local, inclusive hiring practices and improving job quality for its entry-level staff

CareerSTAT is proud to announce that Methodist Health System has been recognized as a 2019 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion by its peers. Eight additional organizations in the U.S. have also been recognized as Champions and Emerging Champions.

Methodist’s partnership with community workforce training partner Oak Cliff Works and community education partner Dallas County Community College District represents the collaborative trifecta needed to further its patient care technician (PCT) certification program. This program first provides local unemployed and underemployed community members with work readiness education, followed by preparation for PCT certification. The program trajectory includes on-site clinical and healthcare mentoring. Upon employment, participants gain access to meaningful career pathways (which, in addition to PCT, includes nursing, surgical technologist, pharmacy technician, respiratory therapist, and radiology technologist), tuition reimbursement, scholarship opportunities, and mentoring.

CareerSTAT, an employer-led initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, marks its sixth year of sponsoring the champion program. It recognizes employers who are making great strides to support healthcare’s critical employees — nursing aids, medical assistants, food service workers, housekeepers, and others — who make up the frontline workforce and want to grow their careers.

This year’s Champions and Emerging Champions have developed strategies to hire a workforce that reflects the community in which they operate. They have made training, education, and development opportunities accessible to more employees, regardless of financial ability or other barriers, and are helping nonclinical workers move into clinical positions with a defined career path that leads to jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.



  • Advocate Aurora Health, Downers Grove, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
  • Methodist Health System, Dallas
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas
  • RWJBarnabas Health, West Orange, New Jersey

Emerging Champions

  • Alameda Health System, Oakland, California
  • Emory Healthcare, Atlanta
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Career development is a high priority, and Methodist’s senior leadership invests more than $2 million annually to fund staff-based tuition reimbursement, career pathways, coaching, counseling, and exploration,” says Cheryl Flynn, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Methodist.


Champion organizations will be honored later this month during the National Fund for Workforce Solutions’ national convening in Dallas. Detailed profiles of all nine organizations, along with further information on their skill and career development programs, are available on the CareerSTAT website. Since 2014, CareerSTAT has recognized a total of 51 organizations. More information about best practices for supporting and advancing entry-level healthcare workers can be found in the CareerSTAT Guide to Investing in Frontline Health Care Workers.


About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated healthcare to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Ten hospitals proudly carry the Methodist Health System brand, as owners or through affiliation. More than two dozen Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at our career site at or you can connect through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About CareerSTAT

CareerSTAT is a network of healthcare leaders promoting investment in the skills and careers of frontline workers. It supports healthcare organizations in using workforce development programs to increase business impact, improve health outcomes, and provide good jobs. CareerSTAT promotes innovative practices and policies for advancing frontline workers, produces an array of resources on the benefits of skill and career development, recognizes organizations leading the industry as Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions, and supports organizations developing investment programs. CareerSTAT is an employer-led initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and is generously supported by The Joyce Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To learn more about CareerSTAT and its partners, visit


About the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a national network promoting economic opportunity and prosperous communities through investment and innovation. Based in Washington D.C., the National Fund partners with philanthropy, employers, workers, public and private community organizations, and more than 30 regional collaboratives to invest in skills, improve systems, and generate good jobs. The National Fund supports civic and business leaders in promoting evidence-based practices and policies that build shared prosperity. Learn more about the National Fund and its local partners at  




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