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OGH Hosts BOCES New Vision Health Professions Ceremony

Posted on: 05/30/2013

Fifteen New Vision Health Professions students were honored in a ceremony at Olean General Hospital today. New Vision Health Professions is an innovative and exciting elective for high school seniors who plan to attend college and major in a health-related field offered by Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES. The program is highly selective and only accepts 15 students each year. Students learn the theory components of: anatomy and physiology, health care occupations, medical terminology, as well as select diseases. New Vision students also complete Participation in Government, Economics, and English Composition through the program. Taught at the college level, New Visions is offered on-site at Olean General Hospital and throughout the Olean community.

The goals of the program are:

  • To provide students the opportunity to learn basic medical concepts
  • To expose students to many medical careers and settings
  • To familiarize students with anatomy and physiology of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels
  • To analyze current economic problems while critically evaluating solutions to these problems
  • To develop critical thinking and writing skills
  • To conduct research and write research papersTo learn the basic principles of medical word building, pronunciation, and use of medical terms

The Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Olean Class of 2013 includes: Soumitri Barua, Allyson Ciesla, Hannah Derwick, Whitney Farrand, Marielle Giardini, Samantha Gross, Sophia Hendrix, Thao Huynh, Abraham Knieser, Courtney Lentz, Andrew Liu, Rachel McMahon-Eagan, Allison Mehta, John Panus, and Caitlin Toth.

Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, New Vision students have combined classroom instruction with observational clinical experiences by rotating throughout almost all of the departments at Olean General Hospital including: Acute Care, Ambulatory Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, Cardio-Pulmonary, Dialysis, Dentist, Emergency Department, Human Resources, Infection Control, Intensive Care, Laboratory, Marketing, Medical Records, Medical Surgical, Nutrition, Obstetrics, Operating Room, Progressive Care, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Registration, Radiation Therapy, Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, Sterile Processing, Radiology, Wound Center, and various physicians offices throughout Olean.

Other experiences included visitations to a chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, Hospice and Home Care, the Pines Rehabilitation Center, Total Senior Care, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Health.

“This is a wonderful program and I am so thrilled to be a part of it. Students gain so much experience and knowledge along with college credits. One of the benefits of this program is that students can make informed decisions about their future careers before spending their time and money in college,” Jennifer L. Militello, New Vision-Health Professions Teacher/Coordinator.

“We are honored to be able to offer the New Visions Health Program to these incredible young people from our region. We have had amazing support for New Visions from our schools, community and health providers and, in particular, Olean General Hospital. OGH has been an incredible partner in this endeavor and has afforded our students an authentic and engaging experience that will support them in their future career paths,” said Lynda Quick, CEO and District Superintendent, BOCES.

Special recognition was given to the following:

Most Clinical Hours Achieved - Thao Huynh - Awarded to a student who has had exemplary attendance in the program

Excellence Award - Whitney Farrand - Awarded to a student who has modeled excellence and superior scholastic achievement

Most Congenial Award - John Panus - Awarded to a student with strong interpersonal skills and who is sociable and exhibits both a friendly demeanor and positive attitude

Most likely to be a doctor Award - Soumitri Barua - Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a strong focus, drive, determination and a disciplined quest for knowledge

Service Excellence Award - Allyson Ciesla - Awarded to a student who has shown themselves to be empathetic, responsive, pleasant and friendly, and who, exemplifies compassion, caring and kindness.

Enrichment Award - Hannah Derwick - Awarded to a student who, through the program, has developed a strong sense of self confidence which has contributed significantly to their growth and development.

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