Calhoun to Host 11th Annual 'Let's Pretend Hospital'
The Nursing and Allied Health Departments at Calhoun Community College, in partnership with Decatur General Hospital and for the first time, Athens-Limestone Hospital, will host the 11th annual 'Let's Pretend Hospital' for area first graders, the week of April 5 - 8, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day.
According to Brett McGill, dean of the Health Division at Calhoun, "'Let's Pretend' is a project that provides first graders with 'friendly' and age-appropriate information about what actually happens when someone is admitted to the hospital." The 'hospital' is assembled in the College's state-of-the-art Health Sciences building on the Decatur campus, by nursing and allied health program students and faculty, who spend hours planning and preparing for the event. "All the information presented in this mock hospital setting is done so on a non-threatening, first grade level," said McGill.
According to Angela Watkins, nursing lead faculty member at Calhoun, over 1100 students from area public and private schools are expected to participate in this year's activity. The students will tour the various areas of a hospital, learn about germs and hand washing, when to call 911, and what to do should their clothes catch on fire. The 'mock' hospital will include an admissions office, ER, hospital patient room, operating room, x-ray, and discharge area. Students will also explore the College's ambulance and have a chance to test the siren. Upon being 'discharged' each student will receive a goodie bag with items such as a hospital mask, cap, gloves, coloring book, and crayons to mark the experience.
"This annual project gives Calhoun's Nursing and Allied Health Departments the chance to partner with two of our largest nursing employers, Decatur General and Athens Limestone. It also gives our students first-hand experience in developing creative methods of teaching and to observe normal growth and development of first graders." commented McGill. "Nearly 450 of Calhoun's nursing students and Allied Health Science students will participate," he added.
“This event not only represents a great opportunity for our students to provide a community service but also provides the first-graders with information and the opportunity to start thinking about careers in healthcare,” said Watkins.
Calhoun currently offers programs in Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing (LPN), Emergency Medical Services (EMT/EMS and Paramedic), Dental Assisting, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Phlebotomy, and Massage Therapy.
For more information on the Calhoun 'Let's Pretend Hospital' or any of Calhoun's health-related programs, contact the Calhoun Division of Health at 256/306-2804 or 306-2786, or the Calhoun Public Relations Office at 306-2560.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Director of Public Relations