Camp Helps Students Get Ready For Health-Related Careers

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Story Updated: Aug 8, 2013

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization has teamed up with River Hospital, Lewis County General Hospital, Carthage Area Hospital, Samaritan Medical Center and Jefferson Community College to produce a three day camp at each location.

MASH Camp stands for Medical, Academy, Science and Health.

Kids who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field come to MASH Camp to learn about opportunities available to them.
 
"We just make sure we try to find a way for them to decide before they go to college, hey, what do I want to be? I know I want to do health care but don't know what area," said Yvette Pearson of Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.

MASH Camp is for students entering 8th grade to 12 grade.

We caught up with students participating in River Hospital's camp.

They were getting the ins and outs from employees of the air medical provider LifeNet of New York.

"The medications that we carry compared to the hospitals that they have, we're showing them how we take care of the patient inside the aircraft, what the specific job duties are for the flight nurse and flight paramedic," said Keith Bates of LifeNet.

In order to participate in the camp, students have to have a GPA of 75 or higher, write an essay and get a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher.

Students we spoke to say they are enjoying the experience.

"We got to see that there's tons of different parts that are involved in holding the hospital together. 14:39: Hunter: Exactly what she said, there's more behind it than just doctors and nurses," said Brianna Parrow.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization says it wants to give youth interested in health careers motivation to stay in the north country.

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