High School Students Learn About Healthcare Careers at Newark-Wayne’s ‘Camp MedQuest’ Summer Camp

August 31, 2015

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital hosted it’s annual day-long healthcare career camp, “Camp MedQuest,” at the hospital on August 5. Camp MedQuest is held to give young people a hands-on opportunity to experience the vast array of healthcare careers available at Newark-Wayne and in the region. Areas that the teens had the opportunity to explore included: Nursing, Emergency Medicine, Mercy Flight Nursing, Surgical Services, Nursing Education/Simulation, Telehealth, Rehabilitation Services (Physical/Occupational Therapy), Radiology, Food and Nutrition and other services.

“We’re so proud to be able be able to offer this health career camp program to teens living in the counties that we serve,” said Deb Stamps, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic. “Students who have attended Camp MedQuest and similar programs that we’ve offered have actually gone on to complete their education in healthcare as a result of this experience. Occasionally, they even come back to work at our hospitals. Whether they come back here or not, it is a win-win situation, she added.”


Students from Wayne and Ontario Counties at Camp MedQuest posed with “Fred” one of the hospital’s Telehealth robots. Front Row (left to right): Julia Laco, RN, clinical nurse specialist; Chloe Goodman; Madison Holmes; Emily Haugh; Jenna Ryder; Riley Lindberg; Sissy Smith, volunteer; Karen Conway, RN, clinical educator; Back Row: Dominica Ohler; Kayleigh Schermerhorn; Nick Kehoe; Anthony Marcuccilli; Caroline Strub; Joy Frizelle, volunteer; Ryan Velte; Gwen Mix, volunteer.


Employee Health Nurse, Linda Hixson, shows some of the students the germs that live on everyone’s hands with a blue light. This demonstrates the importance of hand-washing to prevent the spread of illness.


Kelly Bowen, RN, administrative clinical leader, Emergency Department, lets the students experience using an EZ-Intravascular needle set on a chicken leg. The needles are used for rapid vascular access in critical situations.

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