NAHEC helping United Helpers adapt to 'right-sizing' regulations for nursing homes
Monday, June 14, 2010 - 11:28 am

CANTON – The Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) is helping United Helpers adapt to “rightsizing” recommendations for nursing homes in New York State.

With the Berger Commission report, many health care and facilities and the professionals that work there are faced with consolidation, closure, conversion, and restructuring of facilities. Through support from NAHEC, based in Canton, United Helpers has moved in support of the recommendations by shifting from the medical model of care to a new person-centered paradigm.

The community-academic partnership between United Helpers and NAHEC has provided United Helpers with over $300,000 in grants geared toward career exploration and academic training, improving United Helpers employees’ knowledge and skills.

“NAHEC is a wonderful support for people working in health care,” said Kim A. McFaddin, the interim assistant administrator at United Helpers’ new Maplewood campus in Canton. McFaddin, who was able to complete the courses needed for her administrator’s license, said “NAHEC provided me the opportunity to pursue training and course work that enhanced my skills and knowledge base.”

The Northern Area Health Education Center aims to increase the availability and quality of healthcare in the North Country by introducing individuals to the numerous career opportunities with local healthcare employers. This connects students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health. NAHEC is one of nine AHEC centers in the state helping address healthcare workforce needs. NAHEC serves Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties.

Through grant monies provided by NAHEC, the United Helpers Maplewood Campus has been able to purchase a variety of equipment and aids for in-house training, and has helped provide for a range of other staff training.

For more information, you may call the United Helpers Maplewood Campus at 386-4541.