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High school students check out healthcare careers at Mercy

Health Academy ClassMercy Medical Center hosted about two dozen local high school students for Mercy Health Academy Day on Thurs., Nov. 3. This event is coordinated through Workplace Learning Connection (WLC). Students interested in healthcare careers applied for the job shadow experience through the WPLC. Also included in this group was a Health Science Academy class from Linn-Mar. These students are taking a college-level class through Kirkwood Community College.

Students had the unique opportunity to observe healthcare professionals in their work settings. Fourteen departments at Mercy volunteered to host students, encompassing nearly every clinical and outpatient area in the hospital. Departments involved include Physical Therapy, Radiology, Pathology Lab, Operating Room, Orthopedics, Pharmacy, Speech Pathology, Oncology, and others.

"Lunch and Learn" sessions were held over the noon hour. Students had the opportunity to discuss careers in healthcare with Mercy professionals.

For more information about Mercy’s Health Academy Day, contact Karen Vander Sanden at Mercy Medical Center at (319) 398-6083 or (319) 558-8424. To learn more about the Workplace Learning Connection, contact Sue Neil at (319) 398-1040.