VALLEY STREAM, NY – Students from Baldwin High School’s Healthcare Career Academy spent Tuesday at Franklin Hospital shadowing more than a dozen health care professionals to learn about career opportunities in hospitals.
The 15 students were given a tour of the hospital and spent time with a designated North Shore-LIJ Health System employee learning about the ins and outs of that person’s job. Students learned about areas such as radiology, nursing, social work, laboratory management, physical therapy and the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island.
“We’re helping to educate the next generation of healthcare workers; people who will care for us when we get sick,” said Franklin Hospital Executive Director Catherine Hottendorf at the breakfast presentation to the students.
“It’s very rewarding to give students a glimpse into their possible career path and help them determine if healthcare is a field they want to work in,” said Assistant Executive Director of Service Excellence Edward Cox, who was a mentor to a Baldwin student.
The Baldwin High School Healthcare Career Academy shadow day was coordinated with the help of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s workforce readiness division and Franklin Hospital’s community relations department.
In addition to this shadow day with Baldwin High School students, Franklin Hospital also educates college students through its annual pre-med summer internship program. There are two, four-week sessions over the summer in which students rotate through different care venues at the hospital and attend lectures from medical professionals at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.