Dawn Bishop Recognized as Dream Achiever

Fairfield Medical Center is proud to announce Financial Representative Dawn Bishop as the 2013 Dream Achiever. The Dream Achiever award is given as part of Catalyst Learning’s 20th anniversary celebration held recently. Nominees were selected through an online voting process hosted by Catalyst Learning and final decisions were made by the Catalyst leadership team. Bishop is one of 11 recognized nationwide as a Dream Achiever.

FMC’s Learning and Development department offers interested employees the opportunity to participate in a program called School at Work® (SAW). Developed with funds from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the President’s High-Growth Jobs Initiative, SAW was created by Catalyst Learning of Louisville, Kentucky.

Catalyst Learning Company (CLC) is a leader in healthcare workforce development. Nationally known for its work with entry-level employees, CLC also offers tools for mid-level employees, with an emphasis on strengthening nursing and allied health pipelines.

“FMC supports continuing professional development for its staff through both internal and external educational opportunities,” said Debra Palmer, Human Resources director. “SAW is a seven-month accelerated learning program designed to help frontline healthcare workers acquire the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the workplace, in post-secondary education and in healthcare careers.”

Bishop is a 2013 SAW graduate. She has worked at FMC for six years and currently works as a financial representative in Contracts and Collections. Based on her pre-assessment performance, Bishop also participated in an advanced curriculum in the SAW program that incorporates critical thinking and problem solving throughout the program. After graduating last April, she was accepted at Ohio Christian University in May and is working towards her Associate in Business.

“As a SAW graduate, Bishop is a role model for her peers and we are so proud of her,” said Wendy Travis, SAW program coordinator at FMC. “We nominated her because of her continuing efforts towards professional education and career achievement, as well as serving as an inspiration to co-workers and members of the community.”

FMC is in its fourth year of the SAW program and has had 31 employees graduate at a 100 percent completion rate over the last three years.

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