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Silver Cross Hospital Supports Lincoln-Way Student Intern Program

New Lenox, IL (February 6, 2014) —For eight weeks 19 Lincoln-Way East High School students set aside their text books and came to Silver Cross Hospital for real-life lessons.  The free program offers a valuable experience and great opportunity for seniors enrolled in human anatomy and physiology class allowing them real insight into medical careers. 

During the fall semester the students learned from college textbooks in a classroom.  In the spring semester, they take part in a real healthcare setting. Under the supervision of their classroom instructor and hospital managers, the students learned about the a variety of careers by shadowing and touring many areas throughout the hospital including the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, information systems, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, women and infant services, procedural care unit, the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, patient care units, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross,  sterile processing, pharmacy, respiratory care, the security department and two physician practices.They also attended lectures to learn more about the pathway to become a physician and nurse. 

Photo Caption: Dr. Harish Shownkeen, medical director of the Silver Cross Neurosciences Institute, demonstrates the techniques of coil embolization in brain aneurysm treatments to Lincoln Way East students, Jamie Schreiner, Courtney Matheu and Danielle Deering.

“This program provides a very unique opportunity for our students to obtain vocational experience and knowledge in the medical field, whereby they are provided the tools to make more educated decisions regarding their future career paths at an early age,” said Scott Fletcher, Dean of Students and teacher for the Human Anatomy & Physiology class at Lincoln-East High School. “It also gives students applying to college a competitive edge.” 

In order to be considered for the Anatomy Physiology Medical class, students must undergo a rigorous selection process weighing their qualifications to other candidates. Students must meet criteria including a combination of excellent grades, interest in the healthcare field as a career, complete an application process, acquire teacher recommendations, exhibit a discipline for a dedicated work ethic and participate in an interview process. 

“I thought the internship here would be a good idea because I’m interested in the medical field, but I’m not really sure where I want to go, this can help me decide,” said Lincoln Way East senior Beau Kehoe who will be attending the University of Iowa and majoring in Pre-Med. 

Also, getting to spend this time with hands-on activities is much better than sitting in lecture all day.” 

Senior Breanna Crubaugh, who will be attending Joliet Junior College, said “I want to become an occupational therapist with a focus on those with special needs, and taking this class might boost my interest down that career path, especially with the hands on interactions.” 

For fourteen years, the program has provided students with a window to their future.  Many former interns have even come back after graduation to work at Silver Cross in many areas including admitting, respiratory therapy, nutrition services and the emergency department.  

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 8 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

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