Discovery Camp 2016
MT. VERNON, IL - Discovery Camp is a two day event for youth, grades 7-12, who are interested in learning more about a health career.
Highlights of the camp include information on health careers in the fields of Emergency Medical Services, Radiology, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Medical Coding, Health Information Technology, Massage Therapy, Air Evacuation, Phlebotomy, Certified Medical Assisting, and many others.
The earlier we can instill interest in youth to choose a profession in health care and which allows them to return to our community, the better. Students attend fun and interactive sessions at both Rend Lake College and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. This year's event was well attended and a great success. Enjoy more photos here.
Below is a message we received from Kelli Stover, Director of South-Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SC-AHEC), regarding the this year's Discovery Camp.
Once again, I am just so overwhelmed and grateful for the information, advice, and role-modeling that was provided to the RLC Discovery Camp students that were here at Good Samaritan Hospital recently, and I wanted to say THANK YOU. At the end of the day, we recapped all of the different types of careers that these students were exposed to in the day and a half camp, and we counted a minimum of 10 different fields that were covered, with several different highlighted career possibilities within each field (still counting, but somewhere around 40 different career options mentioned)! This camp may just make a difference in the lives of some of the children in attendance, by planting seeds of career inspiration, not to mention the future of healthcare in our region.
I am proud to be leading the South Central Illinois AHEC and our mission to inspire, train, recruit and retain health professionals to practice in our rural communities, where the need is greatest! This camp was FREE to these students, using the AHEC federal funding provided to us/SCI-AHEC. How wonderful!
I want to especially thank Matt Huelsmann’s son, Nicholas, for playing the role of our accident victim yesterday! He really had the role of the victim down, and was very much part of the team in the ED, demonstrating steps that are taken when an accident victim comes into the hospital. Just great!
And lastly, I want to thank SSM Health for supporting and bringing AHEC back to SSM Health, and allowing me to be part of something that I feel is very beneficial to our community in so many ways!
Thank you, Kelli Stover