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QUEEN CREEK (June 28, 2023) – This summer, middle school students from San Tan, Queen Creek, and other areas in Pinal County were able to explore their interest in the medical field at Camp Scrubs hosted by Banner Ironwood Medical Center.
For a second year, Banner Ironwood partnered with the J.O. Combs Unified School District, Combs Middle School and other local districts in the area to offer a week-long program where activities focused on giving these students insight into the health care industry. Students can shadow medical experts, learn about patient safety, and participate in simulation activities where they can diagnose and treat different medical conditions.
The students also receive training and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and learn about community partners that work with the hospital like BannerAir, a hospital-based air critical and lifesaving medical transport program.
“We are excited to offer this summer camp to middle school students who are interested to learn about a career in the medical field,” said Dr. George Figueroa, Chief Medical Officer at Banner Ironwood Medical Center. “We know that some young people want to explore this field but may not have the opportunity to do so until college or later. This summer camp gives them the opportunity to gain experience about health care in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.”
Camp Scrubs at Banner Ironwood originated from Chief Nursing Officer Leo Taylor. Taylor participated in a similar program being offered at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and thought it would have a tremendous impact on local students who are looking to go into the medical profession.
“We have received a lot of interest from students in the area and it’s great to have their support and the support of their parents,” said Taylor. “We do have plans to expand the camp so that we give more opportunities to students interested in learning about health care and potentially working in this industry.”
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