West Chester Hospital Provides Health Care Workshop for Butler Tech Students

West Chester, May 21, 2013 — In an innovative program that began in February and extended through April, Ohio’s largest career-technical school, Butler Tech, has collaborated with West Chester Hospital to provide opportunities for high school age students to learn more about careers in health care.

Thirteen select students enrolled in the Health Technologies Academy will complete rotations with local physicians, as well as rotate through stations in the WCH laboratory, emergency department, intensive care unit, physical and occupational therapy departments and perioperative services, among others. In addition, they will have a special opportunity to “test-drive” the surgical robot, and receive basic training in Epic – the electronic medical record system used by a majority of health care facilities in the region.

“This program is part of an ongoing initiative by West Chester Hospital to partner with local educational facilities in order to provide enrichment opportunities for children, teens and young adults,” says Tom Daskalakis, vice president and chief operating officer of West Chester Hospital. “We are hosting programs including everything from health care education conferences, CPR/first-aid courses, free health screenings and a wide variety of job shadowing and mentoring initiatives. All of these opportunities are designed to enrich our community and to shape the minds of our future healthcare providers.”

On March 19, a special field trip was arranged for Butler Tech IT students from educator Becky Hickey’s and Tom Newman’s lab classes. The workshop provided insight and direction for students interested in biomedical and IT careers. A tour following the workshop demonstrated how health care and IT professionals collaborate to provide exceptional care to hospital patients through the use of accurate and immediate computer and biomedical monitoring.

“Thanks to the workshop and tour, our students have discovered how integrated IT technologies are with the biomedical health care industry,” says Mr. Newman. “Butler Tech / D. Russel Lee benefited from the valuable insight provided by West Chester Hospital staff members, which allowed us to experience an exciting future that offers cutting edge challenges for both IT and health care students.”

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