STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, U.S. Representative Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.) and Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal joined members of the Georgia medical technology and veteran communities to discuss the importance of working with veterans as they transition to the private sector and the many workplace contributions they can provide. The event took place at the U.S. corporate headquarters of Elekta (STO:EKTAB), and was co-hosted by MVPvets (the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program) (http://www.mvpvets.org/), the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) (http://semda.net/), and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) (http://advamed.org/).
The event featured:
· U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R-Ga.)
· Denis Shortal, Mayor of Dunwoody (Brig. Gen., USMC, Ret.)
· Bill Yaeger, executive vice president, Region North America, Elekta (former Marine Corporal)
· Scott Whitaker, president and CEO, AdvaMed
· Mike Grice, board of directors, MVPvets (Lt. Col. USMC, Ret.)
· Rich Ellis, senior vice president of field service, Elekta (former U.S. Army Captain)
· Pat Mackin, chief executive officer, CryoLife (1st Lt. Army, Ret.)
· Jason Rupp, executive director, SEMDA
During his remarks, Rep. Price highlighted the need for both the public and private sectors in Georgia and across the country to commit to recruiting and hiring former members of the military in positions that not only effectively leverage their skills, but also offer opportunities to advance in their post-military careers.
“Our obligation to our troops does not end when they leave active duty,” said Congressman Price. "When members of our military – brave men and women who were willing to put their lives on the line for the safety and security of the American people – join the civilian workforce, they should have access to a job market that is ready and eager to embrace their invaluable skills. I’m proud to be a part of recognizing this important effort to support our veterans in the workplace and, specifically, their important contributions to the health care industry.”
Currently, approximately 200,000 men and women transition from military to civilian careers each year. Engineers, information technology specialists, electrical and mechanical technicians are among the top 25 jobs for veterans, according to a recent survey conducted by GIJobs.com. However, veterans with skills in human resources, finance, logistics and the supply chain, among others, are also needed.
During the panel, speakers discussed the robust technical skills and valuable soft skills – like high levels of resiliency and advanced team building – veterans bring to the workplace that make them effective and productive employees. The panelists also highlighted the commitment of the medical technology industry – through programs offered by organizations like MVPvets – to help prospective employers evaluate and match veterans with mentors, jobs and career resources.
“The U.S. medical technology industry has led the world in innovation, quality and manufacturing excellence for decades, due in large part to its drive to serve the common good,” said Mike Grice. “Recruiting our nation’s veterans, who share this commitment and have dedicated their lives to something greater than themselves, is a natural extension of that mission.”
“The life sciences industry is a vibrant contributor to economic development in the U.S., and medical technology companies in particular provide uniquely challenging, stimulating and meaningful careers for people with military backgrounds. Elekta is a proud employer of veterans and active reserve duty military personnel, with 80 percent of our engineering and technical positions held by veterans, in addition to a number of executive level roles,” said Bill Yaeger.
About MVPvets (Medtech & Biotech Veterans Program) MVPvets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist and prepare transitioning military veterans for meaningful employment in life science companies. MVPvets is free to veterans and offers an online Collaborative Portal with mentor matching, job-matching, eLearning via the LifeCollaborative, news, blogs and more. To learn more, visit www.mvpvets.org.
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both health care providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.
About SEMDA The Southeastern Medical Device Association is a non-profit trade association with the mission to make the southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies. Created in 2004, the association provides a unique resource and networking opportunity for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, and investors interested in accelerating the growth of the medical device industry in the Southeast. Through regional meetings, professional development, and its highly regarded investor conference, SEMDA meets the needs of the members of the medical device community.
AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.
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