Local elementary students visit hospital - Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Local elementary students visit hospital

Posted:
To help ease some of those fears, Grand Lake Health System invites local elementary school students in, to get a look at different aspects of the hospital, and how it all works. To help ease some of those fears, Grand Lake Health System invites local elementary school students in, to get a look at different aspects of the hospital, and how it all works.

For a young child, a trip to the hospital can be a scary experience. To help ease some of those fears, Grand Lake Health System invites local elementary school students in, to get a look at different aspects of the hospital, and how it all works.  For the last 32 years, the health system has held their Make Believe Hospital program, where kids learn all kinds of different things about not only the hospital but about good health too.

"You have to eat healthy foods so that you don’t get sick because if you don’t eat healthy foods, you might get sick, and have to be taken to the hospital," said Aubree Dudgeon, a Waynesfield-Goshen Elementary student.

The children are split into small groups to learn about radiology, surgery, wearing a cast, and more. The main goal is to make the emergency room and the hospital less of a mysterious place for these kids.

"It’s extremely important for them to become acclimated with the hospital; I think it’s great that they come in through the ER entrance, the event is held in urgent care area, so a lot of times if kids are coming in, they might be experiencing the ER or the urgent care," said Jenni Miller, Community Outreach Coordinator for Grand Lake Health System. "Our goal is to try to alleviate some of the fears they may have, to make them more comfortable."

And possibly a trip like this could inspire some of these youngsters to take on a career in medicine years down the road.

"They get to learn about a lot of different areas of the hospital, so those are career fields that they seem to get excited about, maybe radiology inspires them, when they come in they get to choose if they want a doctor's hat or nurse's hat," said Miller.

Over the 32 years of running the make believe hospital, more than 31 thousand students have gone through the program.

/
Loading...