Why I Work at DSH: Whitney Dolan (subtitled)

Why I Work at DSH: Whitney Dolan (subtitled)


“Morning!”
Hi, my name is Whitney Dolan.
I’m currently the Acting Staff Services Manager I, over the Exams and Hiring Department and Personnel here at Coalinga State Hospital.
It’s actually been about 10 years since I’ve been with the Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga. We are very well rounded here.
I try to describe us as, um,
like a full-functioning small city.
We have positions all the way from food service tech,
custodian, all the way up to our professional level of care, like our physicians and surgeons.
We have people from other states that come here to interview. I’m not originally from here. I’m from the southern east coast.
What’s great about our facility is that we’re very
dynamic in that aspect where we have people who are not only just from the States,
but other countries. We’ve actually built a relationship with the West Hills Coalinga Workforce Connection for about 10 years now.
We have students that we sponsor here. They’re current, in-house employees.
This opportunity allows them to be a full-time employee, working actually part-time here and part-time schooling to further their education
while still receiving the full benefits that the state offers.
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I actually commute every day from Lemoore. I take a van pool and that’s one thing that we offer here through the Measure C program out of Fresno County
that allows us the opportunity to commute with other people, to ride-share, saving gas
saving money and ultimately also getting, you know,
a reimbursement in the month. I started off as an Office Technician in Personnel
and now I’ve kind of come full circle and I’m currently the Acting Manager over Exams and Hiring. We’re part of people’s livelihoods.
I remember someone that came in the other day and I remember them starting off as a Student Assistant and they went to Office Technician —
I think Custodian at one point — and then Office Technician and now they’re a [Hospital Police Officer].
I see people all the time that they started off, you know, entry-level and now they’re working their way up. They’re supervisory/management level.
They’re Leads in departments. And so it’s pretty exciting
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