A Bird’s Eye View of BACH from Deborah Rowe
Recently we spoke with Debbie Rowe, Vice President, Nursing Workforce Development for Genesis HealthCare. She is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in the field of healthcare and has served on the board of BACH for more than 15 years. In that time, she has served in leadership positions, including board chair, and she is currently a member of the Program Committee.
How does the BACH employer partnership model help address the crisis in healthcare worker shortages?
BACH’s mission is to address healthcare worker shortages in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, while also addressing unemployment and underemployment of residents. The foundation of this mission is the employer partnership. Working with employer members, current workforce needs are identified. BACH creates a network that includes the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, training partners, and others that help develop a pipeline of new workers to fill empty positions in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
What do you see as the value of BACH to participants and the community at large?
BACH’s focus is jobs that pay a living wage and offer opportunity for growth. We connect residents with the training and support they need to get started or move up in a healthcare career. By promoting work, we are enhancing the communities we serve.
What would you say to a healthcare organization that is considering BACH membership?
BACH has a proven track record of securing funding to support workforce initiatives. They have been creative with youth fellowships, addiction recovery education and training, community health workers, LPN apprenticeships, and more. By becoming a BACH member, you add your voice – and needs – to healthcare workforce development in Baltimore.