MASH Camp at Lourdes Hospital

Published 07/25 2014 04:36PM

Updated 07/25 2014 05:17PM

A group of 8th and 9th graders have been in MASH Camp at Lourdes Hospital.

The 24 students from around our region are taking part in the Medical Academy of Science and Health camp and get to do a lot of neat things.

For instance, they saw a Life Net helicopter land, learned physical therapy techniques, checked out diagnostic imaging, the pharmacy, and the surgery department.

The camp is designed to help students decide if they might like to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

"I've learned how to scalpel. I was bad with the scissors, but I can go in and out with the scalpel now. I can use the multi-million dollar da Vinci machine. I know how to hover people from one bed to the next one," said ninth grader Baiyina Richardson.

"They have enjoyed it so far. They've been having fun. Usually the da Vinci is always a great thing. They love that they're playing with a $1.2 million robot and to think that a surgeon is sitting in front of a robot doing surgery is something so exciting to them. It shows how much technology has changed," said HR business partner Suzie Stankiewicz.

The two-day camp is sponsored by Lourdes, the Central New York Area Health Education Center, and Excellus BlueCross-BlueShield.

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