MILLER HIGH SCHOOL students attending this year’s Health Academy were (front l to r), Jamie Mentzer, Liz Welk and Denae Schlechter. Back row, Sylvia Wieseler, Cassie Beckett, Riley Mullaney and Mason Breitling. All were sponsored by Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital.
Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, in conjunction with Presentation College and several area Avera partner hospitals, recently held its 11th annual Health Academy. Seven students from Miller High School were in attendance.
The academy’s ultimate goal is to educate high school juniors and seniors about the many health care career opportunities available.
Students are welcomed into various hospital departments and have the opportunity to not only visit with physicians, nurses and other professional staff, but see where they work and observe interactions with patients and staff members. They also helped with some minor tasks, such as drawing blood, and got to talk with patients in the Kidney Dialysis Unit. By the end of the academy, they find out that health care is truly a team effort and begin to determine which position on the team best fits their strengths, personality and goals.
Nearly 350 high school students have participated in the Health Academy since its start, and many students have gone on to pursue health careers.