(WOODRUFF, WI) – Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) hosted a career day for Lakeland Union High School students on December 5. Forty-one students learned about the healthcare field from Ministry Health Care and HYMC professionals.
The students heard presentations from emergency medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitation, nursing, pharmacy, surgical services, respiratory therapy, administration, and human resources. In addition, there was a question and answer session with a panel of health care professionals.
“Career Day is an event our hospital associates look forward to as it gives us a chance to share opportunities in health care with students in the Lakeland community,” said Ministry Howard Young Health Care Director of Patient Care Services, Dawn Gapko. “Our goal is to provide students interested in health care the opportunity to interact with our professionals, and to give them the information needed to pursue a career in a Ministry facility.”
“Our students really enjoyed learning about opportunities in health care from the Howard Young Medical Center professionals,” said LUHS Counselor, Alison Ongna. “We attempt to expose our students to as much information as possible so they understand the education needed to obtain a career in the healthcare field.”
The career day at the hospital included a tour of the HYMC campus. During the tour, the students visited a Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation ambulance, the laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation, and were also introduced to the hospital’s simulation family. High fidelity simulation provides the latest in technology-driven educational simulation for clinicians by mimicking the physiologic responses of a human being. High-fidelity simulation uses a computer, embedded within a mannequin, which is programmed to react in different situations just as a human being would. High-fidelity simulators can be programmed to breathe abnormally, have heart rate and blood pressure readings, and mimic cardiac arrest situations, among many other features. The simulation family was purchased by the Howard Young Foundation, thanks to generous donors.
"It's great to learn about all of the opportunities available in healthcare and hear about them from the people who love and live them every day,” said Lakeland senior Josh Rexroade. “It's so eye-opening to hear about all of the positions one could be employed at in a hospital setting. I really enjoyed the day."
“We encourage our students to pursue careers in fields that have potential for growth, and healthcare is an industry in which we need, and will continue to need professionals, so students are likely to find positions after they are through with their secondary and post-secondary schooling,” added Ongna. “We also try to expose students to occupations that require a variety of educational levels, and in the healthcare industry, there are a range of options, from certificate degrees to 14+ years of schooling. In a sense, there is something for everyone.”
Lunch was provided for the students and LUHS faculty, and raffle prizes were awarded for those in attendance. Sixteen staff members from Howard Young Medical Center presented to the 41 students.