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Rome Memorial Hospital hosts health-care academy for area students

Andrew Bushnell, VP and chief medical officer at Rome Memorial Hospital (RMH), gives students at RMH’s health-care academy a look at a mock emergency-room trauma situation. The RMH program, held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3, included 22 students from eight schools who learned about careers in the health-care field. (Photo provided by Rome Memorial Hospital)

ROME, N.Y. — More than 20 students from eight schools participated in Rome Memorial Hospital’s (RMH) recent three-day, health-care academy (HCA), learning about various careers in the health-care field.

Sponsored by Rome Hospital Foundation and M&T Bank, RMH held the health-care academy Aug. 1-3, the nonprofit said in a news release.

“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,” Julie Chrysler, director of education, volunteer services and employee health at RMH, 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.”


The 22 program participants were Carli Charbonneau, Gabe Cihocki, Kiya Fruin, Aurianna Lastowski, and Ireland Payne, eighth graders in the Adirondack Central School District; Kiera Burke, Adeline Houser, and Kaitlyn McEwen, all ninth graders at Camden High School; Victoria Piccolo, Malory Poulin, and Kara Woods, eighth graders at Camden Middle School; Dellon Hammers, an eighth grader at Oriskany Central School; Julianna Locke, eighth grader at Otto Shortell Middle School; Matthew Bates, Dah Hser, Miranda McCormick, Casey Podkowka and Georgianna Younglove, eighth graders at Lyndon H. Strough Middle School; Morgan Brewer, a tenth grader at Vernon Verona Sherrill High School (VVS); and Grace Chrysler, Samantha Dee, and Mary Muller, all ninth graders at Westmoreland High School.

About the program

Dressed in their scrubs, the students met with hospital personnel in areas that included 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 “immersed” 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 had the chance to see a Mercy Flight Central helicopter land and take a peek inside.

“When exploring careers, today’s young people are often faced with choosing between a high tech environment and working with people,” Chrysler said. “Health care is unique because it offers the best of both worlds.”

In addition to their hospital scrubs, RMH provided the participants with their own t-shirt, stethoscope, breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

Morgan Brewer, a sophomore at VVS, says the academy increase her interest in a career in health care.

“I really enjoyed the experience of HCA camp,” Brewer said in the RMH release. “I was already thinking about becoming a paramedic, and this confirmed it.”

Brewer recommends the program to students who are considering their futures. “Being here helps you figure out if you want to work in health care and figure out what you want to do.”

“Many of the 2018 graduates have expressed an interest in returning as a volunteer or to shadow an employee in a specific department,” Chrysler noted.

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