HCA Florida Brandon Hospital hosts high school students for a day of health science job mentoring
BRANDON, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2024) – Often times, a student may have an interest in medicine, but may not have an opportunity to get exposed to it. That’s what makes this new partnership with Hillsborough Community College and HCA Florida Healthcare special. To kick off the Health Science Explorers (HSE) shadowing program at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital, Leitha Johnson (pictured below during student virtual orientation), Division Director of Clinical Education Programs, HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, hosted a virtual orientation to this exciting program that gives high school students an opportunity to walk in the world of a caregiver. This week, students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare will shadow and be mentored by Brandon Hospital caregivers in multiple departments, including pediatrics, emergency care and surgery.
“We are excited to support local high school students interested in pursuing a rewarding role in the health sciences field. These students will learn about different specialties they are interested in from caregivers right here at Brandon Hospital. This is exactly the kind of journey I would have loved to have the opportunity to participate in when I was in high school. By providing mentoring, our caregivers can help students discover job roles that are a good fit for them,” said Dr. Michael Haynes, emergency room physician at Brandon Hospital.
Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Foundation created the Health Science Explorers (HSE) program with a $50,000 grant from the HCA Healthcare Foundation. High school students participate in round-robin activities that explore the health science field of their choice through this simulation experience. As a participant in the program, the students receive a set of HSE scrubs, CPR kit and training, Stop the Bleed kit and training and a validated blood pressure monitor and training. These students will also attend a panel discussion of industry experts, including leaders from HCA Florida Healthcare.
This program runs for two semesters. Students who complete all HSE program days will be put into a drawing for an HCC Foundation scholarship. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded during the Spring Learn and Lunch event in February 2024.
About HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
Accredited by The Joint Commission, HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is a 479-bed acute care facility that is nationally ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson. The hospital offers a number of specialty services including a Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, Children’s Emergency Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Burn and Plastic Surgery Center, Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence, Comprehensive Stroke Center and The Women’s Center, which includes the baby suites and Level III neonatal intensive care units. Additional services include an orthopedic program, comprehensive hand program and lymphedema surgery. The hospital’s ER is one of the busiest in the state, with adult and children’s centers on its main campus and five additional emergency locations in Lakeland, New Tampa, Plant City, Riverview and Temple Terrace. The hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive in Brandon, FL. For more information, visit HCAFloridaBrandonHospital.com.
About HCA Florida Healthcare
HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 650 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices, freestanding emergency rooms and urgent care centers. United as a statewide network in 2022, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and more than 79,000 colleagues working together to deliver equitable, evidence-based collaborative care to more than 8.6 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provides more than $848.8 million in uncompensated care and contributes $2.1 million to community organizations across the state. In addition, HCA Florida Healthcare offers patients access to highly-trained specialists, including the state’s largest cardiovascular network. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com.
Laura D. Stauter
Director, Communications and Community Engagement
HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
119 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
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