Hospital Accepting Applications for Summer M.A.S.H. Camp

It’s a twist on summer camp for kids interested in health care. M.A.S.H. Camp, or Medical Academy of Science and Health, is for junior high students who spend two days in the real world of hospital health care. This summer, Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls will host M.A.S.H. Camp on July 14-15, 2010.Schuyler Hospital is co-sponsoring M.A.S.H. Camp with the Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.”This is our 9th year offering M.A.S.H. Camp at Schuyler Hospital. We see this as a unique opportunity for our local young people to spend time working with dedicated health professionals who are excited to share their knowledge and experience with the kids,” said Michelle LaDue Benjamin, Director of Community Relations for Schuyler Hospital. “The students will not be bored – we offer lots of hands-on activities.”M.A.S.H. Camp at Schuyler Hospital is open to students entering 8th or 9th grade this September. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. Application packets are available by calling 607-535-8879 or at www.schuylerhospital.orgStudents must write an essay stating why they want to attend M.A.S.H. Camp. The essay must be included with the application form and submitted by June 23, 2010. A registration fee of $10 will be required following acceptance.Plan ahead! Students attending camp must have up-to-date immunizations and a tuberculin skin test (PPD), including documentation from a physician, before they can attend camp.John Hughes, Executive Director for CNYAHEC, noted that M.A.S.H. Camp helps young people to consider career opportunities they might not otherwise be aware of. “This year we will be co-sponsoring 15 M.A.S.H. camps across our 14-county Central New York region. Without the support of our local hospitals and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, we would not be able to reach this important target group with such an innovative, hands-on program.”CNYAHEC also co-sponsors with Excellus two week-long resident camps for high school students. HealthQuest will be hosted at Ithaca College from July 12-16 and MedQuest at SUNY Upstate Medical University from July 19-23. Questions about camps can be directed to Emily Armstrong, CNYAHEC program manager, at 607-756-1090 [email protected] Central New York Area Health Education Center is a local, non-profit health workforce development organization located in Cortland, New York whose mission is to promote improvements in the supply, training, development and distribution of health professionals in a 14 county area including Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.For more information about CNYAHEC, go towww.cnyahec.org

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