Hospital For a Day Grows

 Walt Whitman Science Students: Front: Sudhakar Sood, Zenab Ojibe, Julianna Pasquarello, Elizabeth Fernandez, Gaby Ramirez. Middle: Tiffany Chuen, Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen, Huma Ilyas, Desi Kirina, Christina Bogdani, Gabrielle Nardelli. Back: Christian Rozenveld, Ricky Hauser, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Nosheib Jadoon, Kashaf Duja, Oivia Poplawski, Megan O'Donnell
Walt Whitman Science Students: Front: Sudhakar Sood, Zenab Ojibe, Julianna Pasquarello, Elizabeth Fernandez, Gaby Ramirez. Middle: Tiffany Chuen, Rachel Vaughan, Joanne Nguyen, Huma Ilyas, Desi Kirina, Christina Bogdani, Gabrielle Nardelli. Back: Christian Rozenveld, Ricky Hauser, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Nosheib Jadoon, Kashaf Duja, Oivia Poplawski, Megan O'Donnell

The South Huntington School District, in conjunction with Northwell Health (LIJ) and the LI STEM HUB, teamed up for an amazing "Hospital for a Day" experience in mid-March. Twenty-five ambitious Walt Whitman High School students, as well as nurses, technicians, social workers, administrators and professional staff from Northwell Health presented a variety of hands-on workshops to our 6th-grade students at the Silas Wood Career Academy.

Dubbed South Huntington’s "Hospital for a Day," this second-year program brought our high school science students, under the direction of STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane and Secondary Technology and Career Pathways Liaison Mr. Dennis Pettas, to Silas Wood for a day of exciting on-site medical activities.

The middle school’s classrooms were transformed into various healthcare scenarios with Silas Wood students experiencing several of their typical classroom periods in these settings, learning about careers in nursing, child life, rehabilitation and other areas. One room was dedicated as a medical crisis unit, while another focused on the burgeoning field of Health Informatics.

As our high school students begin to fine tune their interests in a career within the vast medical services industry, our sixth-graders were introduced to a variety of career paths, and perhaps a few sparks were set off.

Thank you Ms. Scardapane and Mr. Pettas for making this a highly anticipated event each year.