The state has applied for roughly $5 million in federal stimulus money to expand the state's health care work force, according to an announcement made Monday by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. The funding would go to providing scholarships, affordable education and other support to low-income people wishing to pursue nursing or another health-related career.
Locally, health care professionals said that, if the state receives the money, it could help offset a looming shortage of health care workers. "This is a good cause," said Ron Bianchi, corporate senior vice president at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. "A lot of people don't go into the health care field because they can't afford advanced training or retraining."