Diocese of Fall River Academy announces 
partnership with Taunton’s Morton Hospital

TAUNTON, Mass. — Earlier this year, the Diocese of Fall River announced the establishment of an Academy as a strategic platform for developing partnerships with higher education institutions as well as corporations and other organizations. The Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Morton Hospital in Taunton, effective immediately in order to impact this current academic school year.

The partnership with Morton Hospital will allow Catholic high school juniors and seniors to participate as interns in an area of interest to the student. If a student does not have a specific area of interest, the Morton Hospital internship leaders will construct a program that allows the student to rotate through many different departments. Students may not realize that there are vast career opportunities in human resources, IT, finance, and supplies management, as well as in patient care.

“We absolutely love exposing students to the many wonderful career opportunities offered by our hospital,” said Krystal Hilton, Morton Hospital’s chief nursing officer. “Our leadership team is very committed to this program, as it educates our future employees. I have also experienced such enthusiasm when a student finds that perfect match between their interest and a hospital mentor. There is no greater feeling than being able to give back and help the next generation.”

Steve Perla, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, indicated, “Partnering with organizations such as Morton Hospital allows us to expand the opportunities for our students outside our own walls. We are so grateful to Morton Hospital’s leadership for their collaboration and willingness to open up the doors of the health care industry to our students.”

Kathy St. Laurent, principal of Coyle and Cassidy and Bishop Connolly High Schools, added, “As a nurse myself, working in a hospital offers a wealth of professional and educational opportunities. Many of my students have gone on to very successful nursing careers because they had an opportunity to be mentored by wonderful people. We are thrilled that Morton Hospital will be able to mentor our students as well as give them a great foundation for whatever career they choose.”

The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. The schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students from across the academic spectrum reach their God-given potential. 

With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, they prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society. For more information, visit www.catholicschoolsalliance.org.

Morton Hospital is a 112-bed acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to Taunton and the communities of southeastern Massachusetts. 

The hospital’s strengths include emergency medicine, diabetes care, imaging services, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, surgery and wound healing. 

Morton Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care Systems, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines more than 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. 

Additional information is available at www.Mortonhospital.org.

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