A Day in the Life – Evangelical Community Hospital Opens Doors for Students
Thursday, April 24th was no ordinary day at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. Instead, 19 young people were at the Hospital learning what exactly their parents do when they say they are going to work.
Evangelical Community Hospital participated in Take Your Child to Work day. Celebrated for 21 years, the national day allows children to shadow their parents and learn what they do on a day-to-day basis. The day was meant to inspire the future generation through career exploration and to support employees in their desire to share their work-life with their children.
Students ranged in age from 9 to 15 and represented Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, Warrior Run, Loyalsock, Muncy, and Middletown school districts. The students shadowed in 15 different departments across the clinical and non-clinical spectrum.
Students had the option of spending the entire day job shadowing their parents or joining the Training and Development Department for a pizza lunch and afternoon of planned activities. Staff from Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc.’s School Age Child Care led some teambuilding activities to demonstrate the importance of teamwork in any future career. Evangelical’s own, Wendy Rohrbach, RN and Staff Development Educator shared a day in the life of a nurse. Cheryl Getkin, Training and Development Specialist and Lindsay McMenamin, Intern, explored a variety of career opportunities to inspire the students to think about all the ways Evangelical employees care for patients within the Hospital.
Dennis Neamand, Director of Cardiovascular Services, said, “Bringing my daughter Abigail to work with me was important because I wanted her to see what we do in the healthcare field. We impact lives every day through patient care and I wanted her to experience first-hand what that can be like.”
For 11 year old Sofia Waughen, the morning was spent in Evangelical’s Outpatient Clinic with her mom, Carol.
“I want her to see what it takes to lead a department, to give her insight into how to keep everything running efficiently and smoothly behind-the-scenes to provide exceptional patient care at our Outpatient Care Clinic,” said Waughen, Director of Outpatient Clinic and Compliance Officer.
Evangelical was one of over 3.5 million workplaces participating in this year’s Take Your Child to Work Day.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.
From the control room of the catheterization lab, Dennis Neamand, Director of Cardiovascular Services shows his daughter Abigail, 15, of Warrior Run High School, how a catheter can open an artery in a patient’s heart during a procedure.
Sofia Waughen, left, an 11 year old from Linntown Intermediate School, learns from her mom, Carol, right, about how patient information is recorded on a mobile computer during a visit at the Outpatient Care Clinic on Evangelical Community Hospital’s campus.