Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Garfield students get health care lesson

By The Herald Staff | 4/16/2014

Several Ottawa youths recently took an adventure in health care.

The fifth-grade students at Garfield Elementary School, 1213 S. College St., Ottawa, wrapped up the Health Adventures Program this month at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St.The program, sponsored by the Ransom Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, provided students with an opportunity to learn more about health care professions, Jody Lancaster, the hospital’s director of volunteer services, said in a news release. Students also were able to see the workings of a hospital, as well as hear about potential job skills needed for the various health care fields and volunteerism opportunities, Lancaster said.

Several Ottawa youths recently took an adventure in health care.

The fifth-grade students at Garfield Elementary School, 1213 S. College St., Ottawa, wrapped up the Health Adventures Program this month at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St.The program, sponsored by the Ransom Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, provided students with an opportunity to learn more about health care professions, Jody Lancaster, the hospital’s director of volunteer services, said in a news release. Students also were able to see the workings of a hospital, as well as hear about potential job skills needed for the various health care fields and volunteerism opportunities, Lancaster said.

Each student was paired with a volunteer mentor and attended sessions once a month for four months, beginning in January, to learn more about several departments within the hospital, Lancaster said.

Departments included in this year’s program were radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy, surgery, emergency room, Franklin County Emergency Medical Services’ ambulance service and the Gollier Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, 901 S. Main St., Ottawa, according to the release.

Carol Bauck, Linda Cain, Linda Clevenger, Claudia Gibson, Linda Jensen, Dean Royse, Mary Royse, Joan Savage, Slyvia Starkey and Jean Stover served as mentors, the release said. During a celebration at the end of the program, students were awarded a certificate of completion, Lancaster said.

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