Regis College hosted a President’s Workforce Development Council Luncheon on Thursday, April 12, with the goal of enhancing existing partnerships to address significant staffing and workforce shortages in health care in Massachusetts and across New England.
Nineteen local leaders from major health care systems throughout Massachusetts were in attendance, including CVS Health, VA Boston Healthcare, Atrius Health, MassHire, and Boston Public Schools, among others.
Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, cited some dire statistical realities of U.S. health care employers right now.
“176,000 health care workers have left the industry since 2020. Understaffing is now the number one concern for hospital CEOs,” said President Hays. “We live in the medical mecca of our country, and yet I spoke to the head of a local health care system yesterday who told me they have 3,000 job openings.”
A longstanding leader in nursing and health care initiatives, President Hays outlined Regis College’s strategies for combating this shortage.
Most notable was the university’s launch of the Theresa Wood Lavine Division of Professional Studies (DPS), which includes 10 nationally certified online health care programs:
The DPS also offers three brand new Information Technology career certificates in Data Science, Cyber Security, and Software Development. All 13 programs were designed with flexibility in mind, so potential students with family or work obligations can complete the program on their own time.
According to President Hays, increasing access is one of the keys to building the pipeline of qualified health care workers. The university created the programs to ensure they could be accessible to anyone interested in a career in health care.
“Regis has made a point to develop programs and initiatives based on what the industry tells us is needed, not just what we think is best," said President Hays. “Regis has a storied history of innovating and responding to the needs of the times, providing industry and students with opportunities to grow.”
Here are some additional highlights of the event:
Learn more about the programs offered through the Theresa Wood Lavine Division of Professional Studies at Regis College.