“The goal is to give students an inside look at what they can expect in a health care career,” said Kelli Bennett, Workforce Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center, who conducts the Partners Program. “It’s a glimpse into our world.”
The students will focus on clinical training around the hospital and interact with hospital staff in assigned clinical areas. They may help with bed making, checking vital signs, stocking and general duties while being supervised by a mentor. In addition, they will take part in field studies including a tour of the USC School of Medicine, Midlands Technical College Health Science Programs, LMC Laboratory and LMC Extended Care.
Approximately 200 students from Lexington County high schools applied for the Partners Program in a rigorous interview process with a panel of hospital staff members and written application. Sixty were selected to participate. Lexington Medical Center will award a $1,000 book scholarship to one rising senior from each Lexington County High School, home school and private school, for a total of 13 scholarships.
The Partners Program is divided into two sessions: June 11 – 29 and July 9 – 27. Students are in clinical areas from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The program is sponsored by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Throughout its history, some Partners Program participants have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center when they complete their education.
Congratulations to the 2012 Lexington Medical Center Partners Program participants:
Brookland-Cayce High School
Chapin High School
Dutch Fork High School
Gilbert High School
Irmo High School
Lexington High School
Pelion High School
Swansea High School
White Knoll High School