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MedStar Health Unveils Rx for Success Program at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy
Date:2/4/2008

Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools Yields Region's Most Comprehensive Health Education Program; Rx for Success Planned in Additional City Schools

COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedStar Health officials, in partnership with the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), is pleased to unveil the Rx for Success program at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy. Part of a five-year commitment between MedStar Health and BCPSS, Rx for Success is the most comprehensive allied health program in the region aligning an intricate network of corporate and civic partners to benefit public education. For the 2007-2008 academic school year, 220 students from the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy are enrolled in the program. Rx for Success is designed to prepare students for collegiate studies and careers in health and science. For the first time, MedStar Health and BCPSS are showcasing the merits of the Rx for Success program, its initial success and potential for implementation in other city schools.

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"Health care is an exciting industry to be in. We need to expose young students, our future workforce, to all the possibilities," says Kenneth A. Samet, president and chief executive officer of MedStar Health. "As the shortage of Maryland healthcare workers continues to grow, we feel compelled to act by bringing both corporate and community organizations together to reverse this alarming trend."

An active community partner, MedStar Health has fostered a number of academic enrichment programs in the region. In its most ambitious program to date, MedStar Health created an academic oasis for young Baltimore City students at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, the inaugural school to participate in Rx for Success. Created to present channels of access and opportu
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