ECH seeks to start Explorer program

Elizabethtown Community Hospital

Elizabethtown Community Hospital

— Elizabethtown Community Hospital is looking to team up with the Boy Scouts of America to bring an Explorer Program to the facility.

Hospital CEO Rod Boula said they would be hosting an open house on the program Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. for youth between the ages of 14-21 in the surrounding school districts of Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport, Moriah and Willsboro.

“It allows these young adults to take part in a series of rotations at the hospital and basically be able to go through the hospital and learn about all of the aspects of health care,” ECH Director of Community Relations Jane Hooper said.

“It is another chance for us to work with young adults on the soft skills that we see students sometimes lacking coming out of school,” Boula said. “Things like what employer expectations are and what is expected out of employees and employers in the work place along with work ethic.”

Boula said that they are looking to have about 15 students in the first Explorer program at the hospital.

“The schedule will be flexible because there are a lot of students who participate in sports and other activities,” Boula said. “We want to look to make road trips as well to other health care entities to look at larger programs and labs as well as what is done here.”

“I think that this first group will help us figure out the best practices for scheduling and what the interest of the youth will be,” Hooper said. “We are pretty flexible so it will be easier for us to respond to their needs.”

Boula said that the goal of the program would be to allow a variety of students to see what life is like in the medical profession.

“We get a lot of students coming to us through the local colleges and schools,” Boula said. “This will be a good opportunity to have a younger group of students come in and learn.”

For more information on the ECH Explorer Program, contact Hooper at 873-3003.

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