Ongoing Education

Creating better lives, brighter futures, through education.

Our commitment to education means that we are making an impression – and an investment – in our workforce and in our community. We want our team members to pursue – and achieve – their academic goals, whether that means earning a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, Ph.D. or advanced certification. We also want them to enhance their personal knowledge base through targeted educational offerings, As Central Virginia’s only academic medical center and as part of Virginia’s largest public university, our commitment to education amounts to more than a benefit to working here. It’s our way of life.

In 2015, we gave 1,215 team members and 169 of their dependents $5,877,884.57 to help advance their educations. This life-changing assistance has always been one of our most-appreciated benefits.

Education Assistance for Team members

Full-time team members may take up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year. Further, we provide an online service, EdAssist, for our team members who are seeking advanced degrees. Highlights of EdAssist include free education counseling, access to discounts and 24/7 support.

Education Assistance for Dependents

Team members' dependents may take up to 12 credit hours per year (six per semester) at Virginia Commonwealth University. All credit hours are paid for in advance, which keeps out-of-pocket expenses for our team members to a minimum.

Education and Professional Development

From orientation to simulation to grand rounds and conferences, in 2015, team members participated in 258,300 hours of instructor-led learning opportunities and 154,323 hours of online learning through The Learning Exchange. Additionally, five-year accreditation was granted to our UHC Post-baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), making VCU Health one of only 16 accredited programs in the nation. And we established a training program for staff on the Unique Pathogen Unit to ensure consistency and competency in donning/doffing personal protection equipment.

Safety First, Every Day

For many years, it has been our vision to become America’s safest health system. As our CEO John Duval likes to say, “We’re halfway there. Five years from now, we’ll still be halfway there.” That’s because the journey toward becoming a high-reliability organization never ends as we’re always seeking new ways to achieve excellence.

2015 Highlights

  • Thanks to the prize money we received from being awarded the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Award in 2014, we were able to award $58,000 in grants to departments and units across the health system to help them in establishing Patient Family Advisory Councils. The remaining prize money was used to fund a consultative visit from the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care to provide guidance on the further development of the health system Patient and Family Advisory Council.
  • We recognized our 250th Safety Star in May 2015.
  • We held our fifth annual Safety Conference, which included keynote addresses from Dr. Marty Makary, a New York Times best-selling author, Johns Hopkins surgeon, and NBC and FOX News medical commentator; and, John Nance, an internationally known expert in aviation safety who has passionately worked to help revolutionize the health industry to improve safety performance.

Employer Assisted Housing Program

Because the home-buying process can be so challenging, our Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) provides pre-purchase education through monthly on-site informational sessions and telephone sessions. The program also features down payment assistance for team members who make less than $40,000 annually and meet other requirements. During 2015, we granted $75,000 in down payment assistance to 10 applicants.

Financial Literacy Workshops

During 2015, scores of team members took advantage of our personal finance workshops addressing fundamental practices for effective money management. The workshops are free and open to VCUHS team members and their guests. For a fifth year, classes were also offered to help teens with money management.

Training and Development

During 2015, our Training and Development team offered VCUHS team members more than 250 high-quality educational programs. Group sessions were open to all team members and focused on skills development based on our organizational core values and our culture of STAR Service. Many customized classes were also offered.