Summer Health Institute
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Summer Health Institute

Summer Health InstituteThis five-week program is a collaborative effort with our hospital, R.O.P./Health Academy program and our community college. Our purpose is to expose high school students, recruited from local health academies, to health-careers through an articulated program using a case study methodology.

Our goal was to inspire students and solidify their desire to achieve a career in a health related field. We reach out to the local colleges and the high schools to emphasize the importance of their working together to develop clear career pathways that would benefit the healthcare industry and our community.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has presented the program since 2004, with the help of the following participating agencies: Hartnell College, Mission Trails R.O.P. and Health Academies, NASA/Ames Research, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Stanford School of Medicine Center of Excellence, and the Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association.

During the program students develop an understanding of hospital organization, diagnosis, care plan development, patient assessment and treatment. They receive instruction at Hartnell College for computer program design, presentation skills, and spend a week in the Nursing Skills Labs. Each student presents an "outstanding" case study review for our medical panel as their final exam.

For more information about the Summer Health Institute, contact the Volunteer Services Department at 831-755-0772 or