LĪHUʻE, Hawaii (KHON2) – Kaua’i’s three public high schools participated in a program with Wilcox Medical Center to prepare nearly 200 high school students for careers in the medical field on Friday, November 18.
Kapa, Kauai and Waimea High Schools were involved in the event, which provided extensive opportunities for students to meet and learn from medical center staff.
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“We are proud to sponsor this health career fair for our public high school students. Wilcox is a partner and a resource to our Kauai community, and we take that responsibility to heart,” said Wilcox Medical Center President and CEO and CEO of Kauai Medical Clinic, Jen Chahanovich said.
Various departments at Wilcox Medical Center provided over 20 booths with exciting exhibits for students and included:
- Go through post-operative procedures with perioperative nurses.
- Test for their grip strength with rehabilitation therapy.
- Disinfection for their phones thanks to a UV robot from Environmental Services.
- Learning to stitch and stitch on a model.
“By introducing young minds to the many possibilities available in the healthcare field, we hope to inspire the next generation of medical professionals and provide them with opportunities to showcase themselves,” said Chahanovich.
The half-day event at Wilcox and Kauai Medical Clinics allowed students to mingle with health professionals and tour working medical settings.
“Health Career Fairs Help the Way That Health Care Providers Are Not the Only Nurses
And the doctors – they’re radiology techs; They’re the ones with the EKG and ultrasound; those facilities are
Maintenance and Housekeepers. We’re all on a team, and we all work together to take care
patients,” said Darla Sabri, Wilcox’s vice president of patient services and chief nurse
Kamehameha Schools helped fund the health career fair in their partnership to help grow the health care workforce on Kauai.
“It is important that students know that they do not have to go to other islands or
mainland to obtain the education needed to work in our community. there are opportunities
Available now, and will be in the future,” Sabri said.
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Wilcox Health said, “Through collaborative programs such as the Health Career Fair, it hopes to provide livable-wage jobs for local people, which in turn supports the financial security and health of local families.”