Twins find Careers in Healthcare

Posted On 9/27/2012

Loretta and Lorraine Francini enrolled at Great Lakes Institute of Technology in February of 2011 in the Patient Care Technician program at a time when most women are making plans for their retirement. They both decided they wanted to start a second career doing something that they loved.

Lorraine states "I always wanted to get a better education and take care of people." After graduation, she went to work at Comfort Care, where she provides in-home health care to clients. Lorraine says she gets great satisfaction from helping her clients and many of them tell their families "if I can't have Lorraine care for me, then I want to go to another agency!"

Loretta always wanted to try nursing as a vocation but did not want to invest a lot of time and money without being sure healthcare was for her. She decided to enroll in the PCT program and was hired after graduation at Saint Vincent Health Center. Her next goal is to attend Gannon University and pursue a degree in Wound Care. Her ultimate dream is to live in Arizona where she could specialize in treating victims of poisonous scorpion and snake bites.

The "twins" both say they had a lot of fun at school, made some great friendships, and would recommend Great Lakes to anyone interested in starting a new career. They both agreed the best thing they experienced was the hands-on instruction they received from their favorite instructor, Bernadette Kiehlmeier, who taught them to "always put the patient first before anything else."

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