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(Denison, IA) – Twenty-three middle school students from around Crawford County spent Wednesday, August 8 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) for its first ever “Scrubs Camp”. The campers spent the day visiting a variety of departments and exploring health careers including Emergency, Infection Control, Pharmacy, Radiology, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Information Technology, Maintenance, Pain Management/Anesthesia, Dietary, Respiratory, and Medical Terminology.

The purpose of the Scrubs Camp was to give students a full day of firsthand experience in multiple healthcare careers.

Erin Muck, Chief Nursing Officer for CCMH, said her experience with the camp concept at other hospitals convinced her CCMH needed to sponsor a similar program

“Giving students an opportunity to learn more about healthcare occupations while they are young may potentially help them determine an educational path for a medical career”, Muck commented. “I think the students and CCMH staff had a great day. The enthusiasm among the students was amazing! If we influenced even one student to go into the medical field, we have been successful.”

Campers shared similar sentiments.

In response to a question about the Scrubs Camp, one camper wrote, “Getting to do all the fun activities and really getting to know what they do here (at CCMH)”.

Another camper said, “I enjoyed seeing what an anesthetist does and injecting saline (solution) into an orange.”

“I liked the medical laboratory and pharmacy. I also enjoyed the physical therapy part of Scrubs Camp”, said another.

A favorite activity of the campers was an opportunity to see the medical helicopter and to visit with the helicopter flight crew. Along with a series of hands-on activities, students also enjoyed lunch with five CCMH medical providers where they had the opportunity to ask questions. Each camper received a Scrubs Camp t-shirt and gift bag, and a personalized completion certificate at the end of the day.