South Shore Health System and Quincy Public Schools Team Up to Educate the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals
Quincy, Mass., (May 15, 2018) -- South Shore Health System and Quincy Public Schools teamed up to educate students about the many careers in the field of healthcare today at the Student Healthcare Career Exploration Event, held at Quincy High School. About 60 juniors in the Health Care Technology Career Preparation course met with clinicians and providers from about 10 disciplines at South Shore Health System for a crash course in how the students can pursue careers in the industry.
“We are always looking for ways to interact with the next generation of healthcare providers and workers,” said Amy Parker, Human Resources Liaison at South Shore Health System. “We are excited to see such enthusiasm from the students interested in the field. It’s a great sign for the future.”
Juniors and seniors from Quincy and North Quincy High Schools can participate in courses aimed at healthcare career exploration, patient care, leadership skills, computer literacy, and medical business skills. South Shore Health System and Quincy Public Schools partnered about a year ago to offer hands-on experience and learning opportunities for the students in the program. Students have traveled to South Shore Hospital and other South Shore Health System locations to learn directly from professionals in the field.
“Our students are gaining real-life experience and who better to offer that to our students than our community partners?” said Keith Segalla, Executive Director of Quincy Public Schools Career and Vocational Technical Education. “Our partnership with South Shore Health System has been incredible, and we can’t wait to expand on giving students an opportunity to learn about careers in the healthcare industry.”
A.J. McGillivray is a junior at Quincy High School. His goal is to one day work as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or in labor and delivery.
“This program has helped me figure out which way I want to go with my career,” said McGillivray. “Getting a chance to meet professionals from South Shore Health System is great opportunity to learn about the field from those who know it best.”
South Shore Health System offered representatives from EMS, Trauma, Home & Health Resources, Rehabilitation, General Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Cancer Care, Nutritional Services, and Pharmacy. Students went from station to station learning from Health System professionals, who answered questions about how students can kick-start a career path in their respective fields.
“It was awesome to see how excited the students were to learn about what we do,” Maureen Farrow, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator. “We all hope the students get a lot of out this because they are the future of our industry.”