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  • Lake Regional career camp prepares students for medical field

  • Watching a c-section through a viewing window or having a front row seat to patient care before surgery is not how most young adults spend a typical summer day. That is exactly how eleven students spent two July days.
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  • Watching a c-section through a viewing window or having a front row seat to patient care before surgery is not how most young adults spend a typical summer day. That is exactly how eleven students spent two July days.
    High school juniors, seniors and college students were invited to experience Lake Regional Hospital through a two-day camp to learn more about a career in the medical field.
    For soon-to-be high school senior Madison Pendergraft of Lebanon High School, going into the medical field is a given, but which particular area is still up in the air. That is why she wanted to be a part of this hands-on camp experience.
    Pendergraft watched the delivery of a baby through a c-section and even gave a baby his first bath.
    "We got to watch them first hand," Pendergraft said. "It is not just reading. We got to actually see how they do it."
    She also shadowed other departments during her time at the hospital. This was her second camp experience at Lake Regional. She attended the middle school camp a few years ago.
    For 24-year-old Cary Lonon of Eldon, spending time at Lake Regional will help her decide which department she would like to work in when she becomes a registered nurse.
    "I really enjoy taking care of people," Lonon said of why she chose nursing as a career path.
    The State Fair Community College student spent time in the pharmacy and other various Lake Regional departments.
    "This is just helping me figure out where in the hospital I want to work," Lonon said. "This whole thing has been a really need experience."

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