Wiregrass school partners with two medical facilities

Health science students pose with new partners.
Health science students pose with new partners.(WTVY)
Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 4:41 PM CST
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The Houston County Career Academy health care science program is now partnered with Flowers Hospital and Extendicare Health Center.

“What we want to try to do is invest in our young people who are trying to figure out exactly what they want to do in terms of their career and allow them the opportunity to experience that here,” says Flowers Hospital’s chief nursing officer Dan Cumbie

“I've met these students. Aa lot of these students -- they're excited. They're getting ready to graduate in a year or two, and they're excited about being here in the community. We just want to be supportive of them and those efforts,” says Extendicare’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Dennis.

The two medical centers brought pieces of their facilities to the classrooms.

“We attempted to make this room like our hospital room would be inside of Flowers hospital so that it's a comfortable setting,” says Cumbie.

“We have set it up to look like a residence room that was living there. It's a little different than the hospital it's a little bit more like home and yet it's medical at the same time,” says Dennis.

The addition of medical beds and equipment allows students in the program to learn in a new way.

“A lot of the time a lot of the work we do is from the textbook, but this gives us hands-on experience and actual equipment that we would use if we had a health care profession,” says Health Occupations Students of America chapter president Hannah Seales.

Donated technology offers a new level of realism.

“We have this mannequin back here and it's robotic and that it simulates things that obviously happen in the real human body, so like we can check all of its pulse rates and it can even simulate different things like coughing and sneezing,” says Seales.

The partnership could lead to employment opportunities.

“We would love for these students to come join us at Extendicare, but really our goal is to be supportive of the school system,” says Seale.

The partnership supports the school's motto. You can go anywhere from here.

In addition to health science, the career academy offers other programs like automotive service, information technology, and pre-engineering.

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