Dublin Methodist Hospital: Project Search Program
Behind the scenes of OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, employees like Nathan Grifith make sure that all rooms and equipment are ready for patients.
Some staff members with disabilities learn their skills first as interns as part of a special national program called Project Search.
“They taught me skills like how to do a job interview, answer questions confidently, give a good handshake because that’s really important," Nathan said.
Sam Files’ parents say their son was diagnosed with autism at age two.
“He was non-verbal and mute until almost age eight," Christine Jones, Sam's mother said.
Sam also got help from his school district. That’s where his family first learned about Project Search.
“When we toured the program, we were just blessed to have found something that we thought was a fit," Christine said.
Tolles Educator Kim Wilson says those selected for Project Search, must have finished all high school requirements and defer graduation until they complete this one-year program.
“They work alongside professionals in the hospital who train them, but also mentor them and model for them the skills that are needed to be successful in the workplace," Kim Wilson, Tolls Career and Technical Center Superintendent said.
Chris Moranda is OhioHealth systems manager for disabilities. She says more than 40 students a year go through this program.
“The goal is always employment," Moranda said
That’s Sam’s goal too. Since he started here, he’s never looked back.
“I feel like he’s realized I’ve been taught how to do something. I feel proud to tell you about it, We’re just so happy for him," Christine said.
Nathan, a Project Search graduate, now works at Dublin Methodist
“And look at me now! I got a job. I have a new car. I’m just doing really good!” Nathan said.
A bright future for sure, thanks to Project Search.
“I feel Project Search program has given him a chance to be a productive and independent member of society, it has given him skills that he’ll need to be able to be gainfully employed, and I’m so grateful for the program, and I’m so proud of him!" Christine Jones said.