SGCMH Futures Program
Five high school students with an interest in health care are learning from professionals at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital through shadowing opportunities. This is the third summer that SGCMH has offered the Futures Program to local students.
“If we ‘grow our own’ then we will be successful in attracting our students in the health care field,” said Sarah Kelley, SGCMH HR Director. “Students are the future doctors, nurses, radiology techs, physical therapists, lab techs and all the other jobs in the healthcare arena. Businesses and industries, like hospitals, must build relationships with students so they will know where they want to work.”
Kelley explained that the program is a tremendous opportunity for the hospital to showcase healthcare jobs. The students work directly with hospital employees and experience first-hand what health care is about.
The 2018 eight-week program began with orientation on May 24. The students jumped right in with CPR training with Courtland Hampton, MSN, RN, Clinical Education Coordinator.
“This is an excellent opportunity to give the students a glimpse into what patient care is like, and to help them decide if they want to pursue it as a career,” he said. “I know the staff very much enjoys giving them the attention and benefit of their experiences, and can certainly guide them on the classes that would assist them. It’s a great benefit for everyone!”
A minimum of two $500 scholarships to a college of their choice will be awarded at the end of the program. Students must complete at least 80 hours of shadowing by August 3, and write a one-page essay on what they learned during their hospital experience.
The 2018 Futures Program students and the SGCMH departments in which they are shadowing are (l-r) Miranda Gendron, senior at SGHS, Laboratory; Jordan Catlatt, a senior at SGHS, Med Surg; Grace Thomure, senior at SGHS, Diagnostic Imaging; Ellie Gatzemeyer, junior at VHS, Respiratory Therapy; and Rachel Loida, junior at VHS, Oncology.