Group of Union City High School Students Tour Baptist Memorial Hospital

 Group of Union City High School Students Tour Baptist Memorial Hospital

A group of Union City High School students toured Baptist Memorial Hospital this week. (photos: Mike Hutchens – Union City School Communications Director)

A select group of Union City School students recently toured Baptist Memorial Hospital as part of a program designed to assist students in developing leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.

School Communications Director Mike Hutchens said high school Career Counselor Lisa Carson organized the trip for the Union City Leadership Innovation Team.

The outing was the latest in a continuing effort for members to be provided opportunities to promote skills while developing relationships in the work world through networking, business exposure, and professional development.

Jacob Arnold, Addison Carr, Zack Davidson, Chloe Hubbard, Debrionna Jones, Molly Kizer, Marcos Landeros, Trinity Lockridge, Foster Rodgers, and Nakyah Yarbrough made up the contingent.

Kara Ward, Development/Marketing Director at BMH, orchestrated the group’s first on-site tour.

After being given a brief overview, students toured several departments, including the Emergency Room, Radiology, Laboratory, and Rehabilitation.

As the students approached each department, a spokesperson shared their role, responsibilities, job description, and educational path. Students insisted the tour was highly informative regarding employment options, salary range, benefits, and educational planning.

Students enjoyed lunch provided by the hospital at the conclusion of the tour. During the meal, they talked informally with Ms. Ward and asked more specific questions.

As the group discussed various aspects of the hospital, Ms. Ward shared other areas of the facility that might be of interest that require skilled labor, such as electricians, HVAC, and maintenance.

Before departing, Ms. Ward praised the students for their attentiveness, questioning techniques, and overall maturity.

Charles Choate