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April 12, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis—The current and future-projected shortage of health care workers is the subject of special Heath Science Consortium (HSC) program to be held at Viterbo Monday, April 30 from 1-5 p.m. in the FAC lobby.

Diane Peters, vice president of workforce development for the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association will be the keynote speaker. According to those planning the event, the timing of the program is excellent. "We need to make the public aware of the seriousness of this problem which is widespread. We need more trained nurses, nurse’s aides, pharmacists and health care professionals from many of the other areas," said Silvana Richardson, dean of the School of Nursing at Viterbo University.

Members of HSC who will be present at the program include: Gundersen-Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, WWTC, UWL, and Viterbo. Comprehensive strategies ranging from education to the  realities of the actual work environment  will be explored in the context of regional health care issues and needs."

School counselors will also be invited to attend because of their role in working with students making career choices.

Admission to this free program is limited to the first 150 individuals who sign up. For registration information or to receive a brochure, call WWTC Human Services Division at 785-9226.

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