Campers can explore health care careers

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FARMINGTON — Franklin Community Health Network will once again host a Summer Scrub Club Camp taking place Monday through Friday, Aug. 2 to 6, at the Ben Franklin Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

The camp is designed to introduce youth to a wide variety of careers available in health care and is open to all students who will be entering grades eight to 11.

A sampling of careers explored will include: physical therapy and sports medicine, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, anesthesiology, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, medical lab science, mental health counseling and emergency medical services. Older campers will also have an opportunity for a more in-depth exploration and discussion of career choices.

Campers will have the opportunity to participate in unique hands-on activities and demonstrations such as x-ray interpretation, casting, suturing, prostheses, lab analysis and emergency response to a mock accident. All campers will receive certification in Heartsaver CPR.

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To receive an application, contact the Education Office at Franklin Memorial Hospital at 779-2381. There is a $50 registration fee to all who are accepted to the program. Spaces are limited and all applications must be received by Saturday, May 15.

The program is cosponsored and partially funded by Gear Up: Right Choices for Youth, a partnership aimed at encouraging middle school students to set their educational goals beyond high school and prepare for post-secondary education. Funding is also provided by the Franklin Memorial Hospital Area Health Education Center, a member of the Maine AHEC Network, which is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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