Governor Martin O'Malley and President of The
Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System’s President Ronald R. Peterson Monday at a news conference celebrating an innovative partnership aimed at helping East Baltimore residents transition off of public assistance and go back to work.
In conjunction with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and the Center for Urban Families, The Johns Hopkins Hospital's General Services Department designed a job training program that helps people who are dependent on the Department of Social Services find full-time, career-oriented employment.
More than Just Jobs -- Careers
“We are enormously proud of our East Baltimore neighborhood,” President Peterson said. “We welcome this chance to showcase an important collaborative effort that creates clear paths to job readiness and job development and that leads to real employment opportunities for Baltimore City residents.”
Applicants who are chosen for the program are offered a 20-week internship. Interns rotate through various Johns Hopkins Hospital departments, including environmental services, linen, patient transport and nutrition. In 2013, two classes of interns completed the program, and all interns accepted offers of full-time employment at the hospital.
Governor O’Malley and President Peterson were joined by two recent graduates of the internship program, Jorden Baker and Terron Tucker, both of whom were recently hired as full-time Johns Hopkins Hospital employees.
“I was humbled to need help from the Department of Social Services,” said Ms. Tucker, who worked at Johns Hopkins for 20 years before leaving to take care of an ailing relative. “I was unemployed for four years. This is really the best gift I could get this December.”