Pictured are the Atchison County 8th graders. The group attended career day on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Community Hospital – Fairfax.

Community Hospital-Fairfax, in collaboration with Atchison-Holt Ambulance District, hosted 60 Atchison County 8th grade students for a career day on Friday, January 27. Students were welcomed by Atchison County Development Corporation’s Monica Bailey, who reminded them that “#ACisAwesome” and that by the end of the morning they would hear many Atchison County residents back this statement. Throughout the morning the students were given snapshots of how many people are needed to be involved to take care of just one patient. From non-clinical careers such as admitting and dietary to the medical personnel, every person plays a part in the care we receive in our small community. R. Aron Burke, M.D. spent 30 minutes with the students fielding questions and sharing his journey of how, and why, he chose to practice Family Medicine in our county.
Students toured physical therapy/occupational therapy, radiology, and ER/nursing. They were also presented a power point presentation on the lab. One of the most exhilarating parts of the day happened in the ER. A mock emergency was acted out with volunteers from the hospital staff and Atchison-Holt Ambulance. Students were able to see first-hand how quickly staff has to make decisions and perform life saving measures in an emergency situation. Each student was given the opportunity to practice their CPR skills on a mannequin.
Ann Schlueter, Quality and Business Development, brought the 8th graders back together at the end of the morning for a wrap up session where prizes were drawn for three lucky winners who completed their question and answer form while visiting each section of the hospital. Many students were in awe of how many different jobs it takes on a daily basis to take care of patients. A huge shout out to CH-F and AHAD for volunteering their time and energy to our county youth.


Ian Hedlund listens to Jackie Martin, RN and Jesse Bolin, EMT as he practices the technique of intubating. (Picture submitted by Ann Schlueter)



A mock emergency was acted out with volunteers from the hospital staff and Atchison-Holt Ambulance.



Finding out what Skylar Horton, Tori Jordan, Katie Meinecke, Owen Pike, Kadyn Dowdy, Makenna Farmer and Taylor Perry, do a balance test with Jay Stanton, LPT.