About two dozen middle-schoolers from Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region visited Albany Med recently to EXPLORE! health care and its careers. Welcomed by Albany Med President Jim Barba, the girls were inspired by his words.
“The world is truly yours — and it is my hope that today you may be inspired to enter the field of medicine and health care, and know that if you do, Albany Med stands ready to help in that pursuit,” he said.
For the third summer, Albany Med partner and neighbor Girls Inc. had the opportunity to experience health care. Art Breault, coordinator of Emergency Medical Outreach, taught them hands-only CPR, explaining that nearly 400,000 Americans suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year, but effective bystander intervention can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. They saw robots in action as they learned more about careers from Albany Med pharmacists Deena Jecen, Mark Botti and Devin Holden. Mary Carey, RN, associate director, Julia Mason, a nurse practitioner and educational specialist, and Lisa Frankoski, RN, educational specialist, all from the Center for Learning and Development, answered many questions about what being a nurse is truly all about.
Darren Lydon and Chad Pezzano, respiratory therapists from the Department of Cardio-Respiratory Services, shocked them with a diseased pig lung, ravaged by smoking, and told them about what it takes to become a respiratory therapist like them. Matt Baker, program coordinator of Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (AHEC), helped them determine if they were cut out for careers in health care.