Ultimate Medical Academy prepares students for careers in healthcare. Not only do we work to ensure they complete their allied health Associate degree and diploma programs, we work to ensure they are prepared for interviews and connect with employers to launch their careers in healthcare.
In recent years, UMA has strategically focused on developing healthcare employer partnerships with healthcare providers across the nation. Our employer partners now number more than 1,000 and each of them has done so much in the way of giving trained and ready-to-work UMA graduates the opportunity to begin their careers in healthcare.
We recently hosted our fourth annual UMA healthcare employer partner Spark Summit in conjunction with our Spring Commencement Ceremony in Tampa, Florida. We bring our top healthcare employer partners together each year to:
- Recognize them for the tremendous value they provide in using UMA as a continuous recruiting resource;
- Showcase the customized support that UMA provides to healthcare organizations to help ease their recruiting and onboarding experience; and
- Provide our employer partners with valuable insight from industry professionals.
This year we were honored to have CVS Health Vice President of Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer David Casey deliver a keynote on Fueling Breakthrough Innovation Through Purpose-Driven Healthcare where he discussed how CVS has leveraged the power of diversity and non-traditional pipelines to emerge as a Fortune 7 healthcare innovation company.
David also joined UMA Board Chair Darlyne Bailey, a Professor, Dean and Special Assistant to the President at Bryn Mawr College, for a fireside chat on diversity and met with UMA’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. We were honored to have David join us. And we are proud to note that CVS is one of UMA’s most successful employer partners, providing sites across the nation for our Pharmacy Technician students and providing employment for 60 UMA graduates in 2018.
In addition to CVS, UMA healthcare employer partner Spark Summit attendees this year included the Addison Group; BroadPath Healthcare Solutions; Change Healthcare; Cigna (Express Scripts); Concentrix; Conduent; Episource; Fast Track Urgent Care; Firstsource; Florida Medical Clinic; Fresenius Medical Care; GetixHealth; Grifols; Guidant Global; Judge; Lincare; Liveops; Matrixx; Maximus; Medix; ScanSTAT; Sitel; Sykes Enterprises; Teleperformance; TTEC; UnitedHealth Group; and Walgreens.
We had an opportunity to have four of these employer partner representatives share in short video segments how UMA provides them with a steady stream of employees who are UMA graduates. They are:
Walgreens Client Services Manager Sheena Gatzke
Walgreens used recruitment process outsourcing services to provide employment for 287 UMA graduates to date with a strong focus on WFH “Save a Trip” customer service positions. Save a Trip is a Walgreens program which consolidates prescription orders to save customers trips to the pharmacy.
Episource Director of Record Retrieval Tonia Byrd
Episource provides services and products to simplify the way Medicare, commercial, and Medicaid health plans manage their risk adjustment and quality programs, working with health plans and healthcare organizations to facilitate program implementation, operations, and management. Episource provided employment for 57 UMA graduates to date.
Change Healthcare Director of Remote Resource Engagement Kimberly Powell
Change Healthcare is a national provider of technology-enabled, end-to-end payment solutions that allow health plans and other organizations to generate, analyze, and submit data needed to successfully manage member care and ensure appropriate reimbursement. Change has a dedicated UMA onboarding and recruiting partner and provided employment for 52 UMA graduates to date.
BroadPath Healthcare Solutions Director of Recruiting and Human Resources Stacey Hodge
BroadPath Healthcare Solutions delivers business process outsourcing (BPO) services for healthcare payers and providers with an on-demand recruitment model and flexible work-at-home (WFH) employee base, placing 3,000 WFH customer service representatives for healthcare payers annually. UMA created a customized WFH training series being piloted by BroadPath. It includes five separate modules that UMA graduates take to prepare for a career with BroadPath – WFH best practices; CRM overview; Cybersecurity Tips; Healthcare Customer Service Refresher; and HIPAA. Broadpath provided employment for 32 UMA graduates to date.
As you can see, we rely on our healthcare employer partners to provide healthcare opportunities for UMA graduates and they rely on us to provide them with a steady stream of trained employees. It’s a win-win for our students and healthcare providers.
Derek Apanovitch, President
Ultimate Medical Academy
May 2, 2019