AHEC of a Summer Program Concludes
June 19, 2019 was the final day for the this summers A-HEC students, Lauren Webre (CHSPC) and Emma Patin (FRA). They completed three weeks (90 hours) which consisted of a rotation to various departments, classroom work, visits from doctors and community members, and field trips. They received ½ of high school credit toward their elective curriculum.
These students were an exceptional group of young ladies. They were given opportunities to explore different careers in healthcare with the PCGH staff. The students were able to rotate through various departments of PCGH and job shadow practicing healthcare professionals. They were able to obtain firsthand knowledge about a variety of healthcare fields, learn about health issues that can affect a patients well being, gain CPR certification, and practice taking vital signs.
They also attended interactive workshops including dissection of a cow’s eye with Dr. Gannon , a cow’s heart with Dr. Donald Doucet, suturing with Krystal Chase-Circello, PA of the Arbor Clinic, simulated applying a life saving device on a hemorrhaging patient with Ted Calligan, RN, participate in a drunk driving simulation with Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office employees, Johnny Sparks and Nick Gremillion, and apply splints with, Dr. Paul Rachal.
The students also shadowed members of the Pointe Coupee Hospice team. Louisiana State Police Troop A (Sudden Impact) presented information to the students on effects of alcohol and drugs with testimonials from victims and their families. Field trips were taken to the LSU Veterinary School, BRCC – Nursing and Allied Health, Fran U, and LSP Crime Lab.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is proud to participate with CLAHEC in hosting this program for our students and to provide exposure to career opportunities in healthcare with positive health care role models. We hope that this opportunity will influence young minds in pursuing a career that will one day lead them to success and possibly a career at Pointe Coupee General Hospital or within the parish.