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HAMC hosts R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp

By Staff | Apr 10, 2014

Sumbitted Photo Rugby High School eighth-graders wrap up their day at the R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp after checking out the Northstar Criticair helicopter on April 3.

Heart of America Medical Center hosted the R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp on April 3.

The R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp is an exciting program supported by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences focused on rural students in grades 5-12. The overall purpose of the program is to increase awareness, interest and understanding of health careers available in rural North Dakota through creative and interactive activities.

“Our goal is to open the eyes of these eighth-graders to the different healthcare professions that are actually out there,” said Kylie Nissen, Senior Project Coordinator from the Center for Rural Health. “They may not want to be a medical doctor, but they may want to be a physical therapist, occupational therapist or work as a radiology technologist.”

For the purposes of this program, rural is defined as any geographic area beyond a twenty mile radius from Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Fargo. Partnerships between schools, health care facilities and economic or job development authorities are required in order to increase collaboration and awareness of the economic impact of health care.

HAMC hosted 49 Rugby eighth-graders this year. The students were split into four groups and had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work as a healthcare professional. Each of the four groups toured and participated in hands-on activities in the clinic, hospital and care center. Their day ended with a visit from the helicopter from Northstar Criticair, which landed on the HC pad outside the acute hospital entrance.

– HAMC

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