Three Harrison County Students Explore Careers at HCCH


Three area high school juniors recently spent a week of summer vacation exploring careers in health care at Harrison County Community Hospital. 

Applicants selected for the HCCH Health Careers Boot Camp, held July 19-22, were allowed to job shadow clinical departments and interact with staff in several other departments. 

"Our goal for Health Careers Boot Camp is to introduce the wide range of careers opportunities available in health care and show students the career possibilities that are not just available in large cities but right here in Bethany," said Abbe Ream, the hospital's marketing director, and program coordinator. 

Participants spent time in the emergency department, rural health clinics, inpatient services, Senior Life Solutions, and outpatient specialty clinics to learn about the work of physicians and doctors. 

While following the hospital's radiology techs, the students learned about X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. They also observed physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists working with their patients. 

Students learned about blood typing in the laboratory, using a microscope to examine specimens, and conducting tests using the hospital's lab equipment. 

Hospital employees working in social work, health care billing and finance, and pharmacy also discussed their jobs with the Boot Camp participants. 

"The HCCH Foundation Boot Camp for students is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the diverse range of services that HCCH provides. The students were engaged and interested in the various health careers available here in Bethany. HCCH is honored to have the opportunity to grow our own," said Tina Gillespie, the hospital's CEO. 

The Boot Camp was funded by the Howard and Leah Trullinger Endowed Scholarship Fund, administered by the HCCH Foundation.

Pictured: Health Careers Boot Camp participants from Harrison County Schools who spent a week at HCCH were Channing Sherrill, Allison Slagle, and Erica Gerken.

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