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High School Students Graduate with Promising Careers in Health Care

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High School Students Graduate with Promising Careers in Health Care

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held its Health Care Career Exploration and Internship Program graduation ceremony for 27 students from Commack, Smithtown East and West, Kings Park and Sachem High Schools.  The 27 students received completion certificates signed by Senator John J. Flanagan, and a half a health credit through participation in a 16-week lecture series in health care careers.  The students were given hands on experience, as well as industry information in various departments including nursing, pharmacy, dietary and laboratory, to name a few.

The Health Care Career Exploration and Internship Program initiated through a partnership with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board to offer high school students the opportunity to earn credits while gaining hands-on experience. The program has since grown to include Commack, Kings Park and Sachem High Schools. “We are always excited to offer this program because it really helps to shape the student’s outlook and career goals,” said Executive Director for Smithtown Schools Industry Advisory Board/ Work Experience Coordinator Mary Pat Grafstein. “The program does not just prepare the students for college, but for their careers.”

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland attended the graduation and addressed the students, parents, and hospital staff, “This program is of great importance to the community—and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff that mentioned the students.” He congratulated the students and asked them to encourage their family and friends to consider applying for the program in the future. 

St. Catherine’s Director of Community Relations Heather Reynolds, who coordinates the program stated, “These students embraced learning about health care and the professionals who dedicated their time and talent to teach about their discipline has been an exciting collaboration between the medical center and the community high schools.” She added, “We look forward to continuing the partnership in the future.”

For more information about St. Catherine’s Health Care Career Exploration and Internship Program, please call (631) 870-3444.