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Health Services “career peeks” for local high school students

Philip Health Services and the Philip High School will be working together on a Career Peeks Day on February 9.

An executive proclamation by Gov. Michael Rounds declared February 9-13 as Healthcare in Partnership in Education Week.

Kim Kanable, of the Philip Health Services, and Marcia West, counselor at the Philip High School, have worked together to set up a day of experiencing five different healthcare careers.

On Wednesday, February 9, high school students will participate in one or more of the five hands-on sessions.

The first session will be from 9:00-9:45 a.m. where Physican’s Assistant Terry Henrie will walk them through what might be a typical day, including seeing patients in the clinic and in the emergency room.

Session two will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Radiology technicians will take the students through all the steps from taking an x-ray to the finished film. They will even answer “What is a CT (Cat) Scan anyway?”

Session three, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., will be led by Registered Nurse Krista O’Dea. She will introduce the audience to acute care nursing, emergency nursing and long-term care nursing. This will include a tour, and a question and answer session.

Session four, 1:00 to 1:45 p.m., will be Chief Executive Officer of Philip Health Services David Dick detailing what it takes to build a new hospital.

Laboratory Technician Sharon Olivier will lead session five, which will be from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. She will go through the steps of what the lab technician does with the blood that is drawn from a patient.

Having a guided “peek” at such professions may intrigue the students into investigating deeper into the healthcare field.