Summer Health Institute
This 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.