June 12, 2023 – Twenty students from Floyd and Johnson Counties attended the 2023 Scrubs Camp at Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center on June 6 and 7. Appalachian Regional Healthcare in collaboration with Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center has sponsored this camp for several years where students learn about various healthcare careers from ARH staff and community partners.
Students visit a college campus, learn to suture, count medicine, and much more. AHEC plans a visit away from the hospital campus and this year’s students visited the UK extended campus in Hazard, the Medical Laboratory Science Program, and the Medical Simulation Lab.
Students started their adventure with Chief Operating Officer Justin Turner and Director of Emergency Services Susan Kendrick. Students suited up for surgery and practiced suturing, and learned about suicide prevention and the importance of mental health during the first morning of camp. In the afternoon, students learned to tie tourniquets during the Stop the Bleed Program. The speech and occupational therapy departments talked about the different types of rehabilitation therapies as students participated in hands-on demonstrations.
The critical importance of handwashing and infection control were opening topics for day two of the 2023 Scrubs Camp. Then students learned about the blood bank, how to type their blood, and the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). After lunch, representatives from Human Resources Department discussed the future of healthcare careers, and the day ended with examining X-rays with radiology and measuring out medicine with pharmacy.
Danielle Harmon, ARH Director of Community Development says, “This is one of my favorite events to organize each year. The students love the hands-on demonstrations and interactions with ARH staff and our staff members are always excited to see the students. We hope that these camps will encourage them to pursue healthcare careers and realize they do not have to leave home to find amazing career opportunities.”
ARH has upcoming camps in Middlesboro (June 20 and 21) and Harlan (July 6 and 7). Students in grades 8th – 11th can apply at: https://www.southeastkyahec.com/cookbook
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), is a not-for-profit health system operating 14 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg, and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,500 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and the single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third-largest private employer in southern West Virginia.