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BUFFALO, NEW YORK; August 13, 2008-On August 12, 2008, Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) held the culmination and awards event for it first comprehensive self-development ECMC Summer Youth Program for area high school students entitled A Summer Youth "Pathways to Healthcare" Educational Program.  The program, which took place during the summer vacation period, ran from June 30th through August 7th, providing 100 high school students with opportunities for self-development by exposing them to a variety of hospital-based health careers. 

The culmination ceremony featured as keynote speaker, University at Buffalo Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and ECMC Director of Breast Health Services/Breast Surgeon Vivian L. Lindfield, MD, who told as an example, an encouraging story about determination in pursuit of her career goals.  Guest speakers who further encouraged the teenagers to pursue their dreams included: ECMC Corporation Interim Chief Executive Officer and Board Vice-chairperson Jody L. Lomeo; and ECMC Corporation Board Vice-chairperson Sharon L. Hanson.  ECMC Corporate Training Director Rita Hubbard-Robinson directed the youth program and the culmination ceremony.  Participating teenagers received certificates for successful program completion and many earned special recognition awards.  ECMC internship site supervisors and coordinators were on hand along with Western New York-area high school administrators, teachers, and parents. 

"This program was created to stimulate interest in employment in health services and to help meet the future need for qualified personnel in this field, explained ECMC Corporate Training Director Rita Hubbard-Robinson.  "In addition to having internship experiences at ECMC, youth participants took part in seminars focused on health careers." 

Participating high schools included: Alden; Amherst; Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts; Buffalo Academy of Science Charter; Buffalo Seminary; Cheektowaga Central; City Honors; Depew; Emerson; Grover Cleveland; Holy Angels; Hutchinson Central Technical; Kenmore East; Lafayette; Lancaster; Leonardo da Vinci; Maryvale; McKinley Vocational; Mount Saint Mary Academy; Math, Science and Technology Preparatory School at Seneca; Nardin Academy; Newfane; Niagara Falls; North Collins; Oracle Charter; Orchard Park; Potomac; Riverside; Sacred Heart; St. Francis; St. Tabernacle School of Excellence; St. Joseph Collegiate Institute; Tapestry Charter School; and Williamsville South. 

A maximum of 100 students were accepted into the program.  Placements covered opportunities in: Radiology; Clinical Offices; Nursing Units; Occupational/Physical Therapy; Patient Transport; Nursing In-service (training); Kitchen Catering; Cardiology (non-invasive); the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs; the Campus Police Department; the Mailroom; Purchasing; the Medical Library; Finance; Human Resources; Plant Operations; Bio-medical Engineering; and Administration/Marketing/Public Relations. 

The criteria established and adhered to in the student selection process included: an 80% overall GPA; letters of recommendation from a counselor and either a math or science teacher; 14 years of age or higher; attendance of 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2008; working papers; consent form signed by a parent/guardian; an up-to-date immunization record; photo ID; Social Security Card/number; and completion of an interview.  Participating students were required to work two (2) six-hour days for a total of 12 hours per week, which included a one hour seminar, computer-based career exploration and career mentoring.  A certificate of completed hours was awarded to each participating student who completed a total of 72 hours during the 6-week program. 

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care.

 NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

 

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8/13/2008

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