Health care professionals at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown recently hosted Kent County High School students participating in the Next Generations Scholars Program. Thirty-six 10th grade students learned about careers in radiology, laboratory services, emergency and acute care nursing and infection control.
Funded through a state grant, the Next Generation Scholars Program helps low-income students in high-poverty areas access postsecondary educational opportunities. The annual career presentations are designed to give students interested in health care careers a broad look at career options and answer questions about specific fields of interest.
“The Shore Regional Health team provided a wonderful overview of health care career opportunities,” said Aundra Anderson, Senior Coordinator, Next Generation Scholars, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. “The students left feeling inspired and motivated to continue their studies. They appreciated the opportunity to engage with professionals in a variety of medical fields and for many, it will help guide their future education and career paths.”
Dennis Welsh, Vice President of Rural Health Care Transformation and Executive Director of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, introduced the program and welcomed the students.
His remarks were followed by presentations from Brady Shortall, Radiographer; Liz Principe, Site Supervisor for Laboratory Services; Sandy Prochaska, ED/Inpatient Nurse Manager; Bobbie Jo Trossbach, Clinical Nurse Coordinator and Mickey Roderick, Infection Control Nurse.
“We are pleased to offer local students the opportunity to learn more about health care careers,” said Prochaska. “Our hope is that many of these promising students will join our team in the near future.”
About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.org.