May 11, 2023
Houston, TX – Thirty-eight graduating seniors from Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) will be joining the HCA Houston Healthcare family in June as newly hired patient care technicians (StarTech) or sitters, through the system’s workforce development partnership with the district.
A signing day ceremony was held on May 4 at Clear View High School, where students were officially offered full and part-time positions at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake in Webster, HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland in Texas City or HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast in Pasadena.
Leaders from CCISD and HCA Houston Healthcare attended the third annual event along with educators, family and friends of the 38 new hires. Each eligible student completed a health science program at Clear Brook, Clear Creek, Clear Falls, Clear Lake or Clear Springs High School.
Most of the students are interested in pursuing a long-term career in healthcare and will begin college or other job-related training while simultaneously working at HCA Houston Healthcare.
In addition to attending new hire orientation for the Houston market and their respective facility, students will complete a 5-week paid training program which includes basic nursing care fundamentals, hands-on skills training, basic life support training, computer documentation and several other courses.
Clear Creek ISD students prepare to sign HCA Houston Healthcare job offer letters on May 4, 2023.
“Your commitment to learning about healthcare and your interest in the healthcare field has led you to this monumental moment this evening,” said Todd Caliva, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, as he addressed the students. “You took the initiative and pursued your interest, and now you take the biggest step for your future as you sign your commitment letter to HCA Houston Healthcare.”
“We hope these students enjoy their new roles at HCA Houston Healthcare and stay with us for a lifetime,” said Kelli Nations, DBA, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, chief nurse executive at HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division. “This program is a unique community partnership to help students pursue a healthcare career in the communities we serve and meet the critical need for certified nursing assistants and other healthcare roles. I’m extremely proud of this initiative as it supports our commitment to continually move healthcare forward. I’m also excited about the endless opportunities for the students who have signed on today and those who will join us in the future.”
Todd Caliva, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake; Sherry Camacho, chief nursing officer; Kelli Nations, division chief nurse executive; Kasi Bevel, coordinator of Career & Technical Education and Kurt Larson, nursing director, provided congratulatory and inspirational messages to the graduates.
In addition to Caliva and Nations, other speakers included Sherry Camacho, chief nursing officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake; Kurt Larson, BSN, RN, CVRN, director of the medical surgical telemetry unit at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake; Dr. Karen Engle, superintendent of schools at CCISD and Kasi Bevel, coordinator of Career & Technical Education at CCISD.
League City residents Alycia and Joshua Hardin are very proud of their daughter Ava, a Clear Springs High School senior, who plans to attends to attend San Jacinto College for nursing in the fall.