In April, students from Harvard High School and Harvard Junior High visited Mercyheath Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard and learned directly from staff about the extensive range of career opportunities available in the field of medicine. Since Mercyhealth Harvard offers a full-service hospital and medical care center steps away from both schools, classes were able to walk over to the campus. Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services Theresa Hollinger led students through a multitude of departments including Mercyhealth’s laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, inpatient medical services, emergency, surgical services, and long term care center.
As students toured the departments, they met with hospital professionals, tested medical equipment, discussed how real-world medicine related back to their science classrooms, and even handled surgical instruments.
At the end of the tour, staff answered questions and discussed with students the education requirements for their different roles as well as salaries students could expect if they chose to pursue a career in the medical field. Hollinger pointed out that Mercyhealth employs a variety of different fields that students might not associate with medicine, such as lawyers and social workers.
From Mercyhealth’s website:
Over the years, we have grown from a small community hospital to a dynamic and comprehensive health care campus serving the region. Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard is Illinois’ first and only critical access hospital to be certified as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by The Joint Commission. Our stroke specialists are here 24/7 to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients who are brought to our emergency department.