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Minerva students experience hospital life

TICONDEROGA - Minerva Central School students got a close-up look at the health care industry when they visited Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga May 7.

The seventh grade class took part in a Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp.

This marked the fifth MASH camp for Minerva students, teacher Sarah Fink said.

"In seventh grade they (students) have a life science and health careers class," Fink said. "This is a great experience for them.

"They get a real understanding of what it takes to run a hospital," she said.

Attending were students AJ Monthony, Lucas TenEyck, Jacob Galusha, Gabrielle McNally, Dakota Bennett and Tim Vanderwarker.

Kishia Patenade, medical staff coordinator at Inter-Lakes Health, a parent of MLH, said the MASH camp is designed to give students a glimpse at all the careers available in health care - from medicine to accounting.

"The camps give students a taste of the health care world," Patenade said. "And I think they have fun."

Fink said the MASH camps have made an impact on Minerva students. A current senior at the school has an interest in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician that began with a MASH camp in Ticonderoga five years ago.

"He came here as a seventh grader and never forgot it," Fink said.

Wearing green scrub shirts and hospital ID badges, students from Minerva Central School visited various departments and participated in hands-on activities to learn about the many careers in healthcare.

The students were treated to breakfast and given free first-aid kits before embarking on a day-long series of programs, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapy, infection control and casting.

They also toured the emergency room, laboratory, radiology department and nursing home.

MASH camps are a program of the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center located in Queensbury and are a collaboration between HM AHEC, schools and Inter-Lakes Health.

"The camps are one component of a pipeline of programs offered by HM AHEC designed to introduce local youth to careers in healthcare," said Andrea Palmer, the program coordinator. "These camps provide students with a unique opportunity to meet health care professionals and participate in hands-on experiences that are fun and engaging."

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