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Rome Memorial Hospital holds health-care academy with 21 area students

By Eric Reinhardt

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Ashley Edwards (left, next to curtain), nurse manager of the Rome Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, and Erin Shea, a physician assistant, give students at the hospital’s health-care academy a behind-the-scenes look at a mock emergency-room trauma. A total of 21 students from area schools spent three days at the hospital learning about the wide array of health-care careers available to interested students. (Photo credit: Rome Memorial Hospital)

ROME, N.Y. — Rome Memorial Hospital’s (RMH) three-day, health-care academy program introduced 21 students from area schools to various options for health-care careers.

RMH held the event July 31 through Aug. 2, per a news release.

“When exploring careers, today’s young people are often faced with choosing between a high-tech environment and working with people,” Julie Chrysler, RMH director of education, volunteer services and employee health, said in the release. “Health care is unique because it offers the best of both worlds.”

Area students with an interest in exploring a health-care career, attended the interactive summer camp. In addition to their hospital scrubs, each camper was given their own t-shirt, stethoscope, breakfast and lunch, and a certificate of completion.

 “The students had an opportunity to meet with health-care workers from numerous departments throughout the hospital, talk about their jobs and see them in action in addition to participating in hands-on activities,” Chrysler said. “We are eager to help these students become familiar with the broad range of opportunities that healthcare offers because there is a tremendous need for more people to choose these challenging and rewarding career fields.”

Dressed in their scrubs, the students met with professionals in pharmacy, nursing, respiratory, speech and physical therapy, medical imaging, the laboratory and maternity. They also learned how to use a stethoscope; how to perform CPR; and how to save a choking victim.

Students spent their final day at the camp observing the activity in a mock motor vehicle accident. They were able to follow a patient from the accident scene to an Amcare ambulance and through the emergency department. Students also watched a Mercy Flight Central helicopter land before taking a look at its interior.

“Many of the 2019 graduates have expressed an interest in returning as a volunteer or to shadow an employee in a specific department,” Chrysler noted.

Rome Hospital Foundation and M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) sponsored the health-care academy, per the release.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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