On November 13, 2019, The Eye Care Institute’s CEO Mark Prussian heard Mayor Greg Fischer give the keynote address at the Breakfast of Champions meeting. The mayor spoke about a variety of topics, including the importance of the SummerWorks Program for Louisville and the importance of hiring young people for the summer. The mayor spoke fondly of the pride and experience of earning his first paycheck doing menial labor on a fishing vessel off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. The mayor also talked about the city government cuts which have resulted in library closings and the closure of city swimming pools last summer.
Mayor Fischer urged local businesses to rise to the challenge to strengthen our community by joining the SummerWorks program. It instills confidence, offers experience, and provides needed spending money to the youth of our community, the mayor stated.
During a private few moments with the mayor, Prussian pledged to hire three young people for The Eye Care Institute through the 2020 SummerWorks program. Prussian said the success of The Eye Care Institute is wholly dependent on the support the community.
Almost 40,000 patient visits are expected this year. To show our thanks, we are pleased to enter this program. We anticipate the three young people to experience entry level jobs in healthcare including roles in patient transport, data entry and working at health information booths. These summer jobs will not only provide a little extra summer money, but also hands-on experience that will transfer into important skills for the future.