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Students gain hands-on experience at PVH Day Camp

Performing stitches with a general surgeon, administering injections with registered nurses and practicing CPR with EMTs were some of the interactive stations students participated in at the second annual PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp. The PVH Community Relations Committee put on the Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp for area junior high and high school students to explore healthcare careers first-hand.

On July 28, fifteen students spent the day at PVH visiting healthcare departments including: information technology, radiology, laboratory, operating room, emergency and emergency medical services, nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy. They met more than 20 PVH staff who educated the students in their career field. The students were engaged in suturing incisions, mock emergencies and participated in an obstacle race.

Students also met members of the Auxiliary over lunch and discussed volunteer opportunities to help boost their resumes and college applications.

"Our staff and volunteers organized a fun-filled day for the students with real-life situations we encounter in healthcare every day,” states camp organizer and PVH senior director of quality improvement Crystal Landry, RN. “We hope this camp will spark students’ interests in healthcare professions. Nationwide, there are shortages in many healthcare roles and we encourage area students to learn more as they consider college and future careers.”

Families were invited to the closing ceremony where students received awards and recapped their day with a photo presentation. Students commented in a follow-up survey about their day that: “Thank you for this opportunity it was a lot of fun!” and
“I had a great time and really enjoyed it.”
“Throughout my career, hosting summer camps to educate youth on healthcare career opportunities has always been a highlight,” states PVH chief executive officer Gary Poquette. “At PVH, we play an active role in educating and training young professionals by working with area technical schools and colleges. The summer camps allow the next generation to explore many healthcare careers before they enter college. The time we spend mentoring these students is an investment in our youth, in our community, and in our future.”

Special thanks to all the PVH volunteers and Lincoln/East Millinocket EMS crews that shared their career knowledge and made the day interactive and fun for the students. Photos from the PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp can be found at www.Facebook.com/PVHME.  

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