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At the Hospitals: Aug. 18, 2013

Dare to Care Program Graduates Nine

Windsor — Nine teenagers recently graduated from Dare to Care, the student volunteer program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. During the 17-hour course, students age 13-18 work alongside hospital staff as patient care assistants. The curriculum includes confidentiality policies, communication methods, and a clinical portion focusing on skills such as CPR and infection control.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital nursing staff created the program as a way to introduce students to various health care jobs.

“The goal of the Dare to Care program is to get students to begin to think about their future and career options early in their high school years,” Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, said in a recent news release. “Regardless of whether or not our graduates decide to enter into the healthcare field, the experience is invaluable.”

The graduates were Morgan Brown, of Ludlow, Vt.; Jamisen Fallot, of White River Junction; Megan Gray, of Woodstock; Megan Herschel, of Springfield, Vt.; Makenna Hodgdon, of Windsor; Lexi Osgood of Reading, Vt.; Lylah Reynolds of Windsor; Laurana Slobodnjak, of Springfield; and Erin Wierzbicki, of Perkinsville.

Applications are being accepted for sessions throughout the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call Wanda L. Pockett at 802-674-7440, or Jill Lord at 802-674-7224. ­— Compiled by Aimee Caruso