Press Release

October 31, 2011
Goal is to Connect People With Jobs, Careers in Health Care Field

CAMBRIDGE, MD — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a Health Care Jobs Expo at Eastern Shore Hospital Center to connect Marylanders with jobs in the health care field. Maryland is one of the nation’s leaders in health care, currently employing more than 290,000 Marylanders in the health care industry.

 The Affordable Care Act will bring approximately 30 million Americans – who currently have no health coverage — into our nation’s health care system by 2014.  The Governor’s Workforce Investment Board estimates that by 2018 more than 55,000 new jobs in the health care field in Maryland will be created to meet that need.    

“By 2014, the health care reform law will provide access to health care for 30 million Americans who currently have no health coverage,” said Senator Cardin.  “That need will translate into a growing demand for jobs, and the Health Care Career Expo will help ensure that we have the nurses and health care providers in place to meet the need Americans will have for health care services.”

“Health care is the fastest growing and largest employment sector in the region. Senator Cardin’s interest in connecting job seekers to health care employment opportunities is timely and important,” said Dan McDermott is the Executive Director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, which helped organize today’s Jobs Expo.

 The Health Care Career Expo provided hundreds of Eastern Shore residents looking for careers in the health care field with access to employers, career counseling, résumé preparation and information on educational and training programs. Approximately 30

exhibitors participated in the Expo, including leading health care providers such as Eastern Shore Hospital Center, Genesis Healthcare, Chester River Health System, Shore  Health System, along with home health agencies, the Department of Labor and Licensing and area colleges, among many others.