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Greene County General Hospital donates scrubs to Twin Rivers health careers students

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Greene County General Hospital Director of Marketing/Human Services Corey Sparks gives Twin Rivers Health Careers student Niki Bickel one of the donations of scrubs on behalf of the hospital.(By Sabrina Westfall) [Order this photo]
Greene County General Hospital (GCGH) recently donated a set of scrubs to each of the Twin Rivers Health Careers students.

Certified Surgical Technologist Chris Corbin and Director of Marketing/Human Services Corey Sparks made the donations on behalf of the hospital Thursday.

Health Careers Director Carmen Cross said her students would otherwise only have one set of scrubs provided to them for the program.

The program consists of 24 juniors and seniors from seven high schools in the area -- Bloomfield, White River Valley, Linton-Stockton, Shakamak, Union, Sullivan, and North Central.

"We just think this is an awesome gesture on behalf of the hospital. It's a good partnership we have with Greene County General Hospital," Cross said.

She said the students spend half of the semester in class learning medical terminology, explore the healthcare field, and can earn credits through Ivy Tech.

The other half of the semester is spent in local healthcare facilities, including GCGH. Cross said the hospital staff works well with the students and encourages their learning.

"Our goal is to let them (students) know there are good healthcare jobs in the county," Cross explained.

The donated scrubs will be worn to the clinical designations since the scrubs do not have the hospital insignia on them.

"They can wear them to their clinicals next semester, or entry level healthcare jobs or in college," Cross said. "(The donation) is far reaching."

Corbin said he was approached by interim administrator Tim Norris and Chief Operating Officer Brenda Reetz to get involved with the donation because Corbin's son, Christopher, is in the Health Careers program.

"We wanted to reach out to the program from the hospital. These kids are the future of the hospital with the aging work force," Corbin said.

Corbin said by the time these students finish high school and college several members of the GCGH staff will be ready for retirement.

Sparks, who also serves as a recruiter for the youth in the area, said the donations give him an opportunity to build a relationship with the students, and let them know there are health careers in the area.

"The best employees are the people from right here. They grew up here and know the people already," Corbin stressed.

Corbin added he grew up in Greene County, spent eight years in the military, and came back to work in his hometown for 13 years.

"We thought this was a great opportunity to invest in the young people of our community," Sparks said.

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