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MASH camp offers students a hands-on experience

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Area eighth and ninth grade students recently participated in Missouri State University's MASH (Missouri AHEC Science and Health) Camp hosted by Cox Monett Hospital.

The three-day camp, which was held Aug. 4 through Aug. 6, gave participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge about careers in healthcare.

In addition, through the use of chicken thighs, students were able to obtain hands-on experience in surgical techniques such as cauterizing and suturing. During the camp students also participated in putting together a skeleton and name-labeling each bone as they were assembling it.

According to Health Career Coordinator Erin Humble with Missouri State University, the camps are held annually in Monett, Joplin, Ava and Springfield.

"Teachers and school counselors have to recommend students for the camp," said Humble. "The camp allows a better understanding and awareness of the healthcare career opportunities available. It's easier for students to learn with a hands-on experience."

During the three-day camp, presentations were given in the fields of respiratory care, sports medicine, speech therapy, nursing, pharmaceutical, dietetics and physical and occupational therapy.

"We love hosting camps here," said Janell Patton, Cox Monett Hospital's director of community relations and volunteer services. "We are always looking for the next physician, nurse or therapist.

"It is our obligation to do what we can to help benefit the need," Patton said. "If we can help expose students who are interested in healthcare, we can help bring occupations to the Monett community."

According to Patton, Cox Monett has a low turnover rate in its surgical technician department with staff members having been in their positions from three to 30 years. However, there is a continued need for new healthcare workers with some healthcare fields experiencing a shortage.

Cox Monett Hospital has hosted the annual MASH camp for the past six years. Students who participated in the camp were from Monett, Cassville, Exeter, Marionville, Verona, Washburn, Wheaton and Trinity Lutheran.

For more information on the free three-day camp, contact Humble at 417-836-3291.

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