From radiology and patient care to materials management and human resources, 64 high school students from Boston experienced what it’s like to work in a hospital famous for world-class medical care, research and education during MGH’s 16th annual Job Shadow Day. Job Shadow Day is coordinated by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI).

64 BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MATCHED WITH 45 MGH EMPLOYEES FOR JOB SHADOW DAY

23/Feb/2011

BOSTON—February 23, 2011—From radiology and patient care to materials management and human resources, 64 high school students from Boston experienced what it’s like to work in a hospital famous for world-class medical care, research and education during MGH’s 16th annual Job Shadow Day. Job Shadow Day is coordinated by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI).

Long-time Job Shadow Day participants Susan Horan of Hyde Park, Edward Raeke of Plymouth and Lenny Wasileski of Peabody are three of the 45 MGH employees who showed students what a career in a hospital with scientifically-advanced medicine and the deepest compassion for patients looks like.

Susan is the Manager of Human Resources for Bulfinch Temporary Services. “As both an HR manager and a parent of a Boston public school student, I fully support this opportunity for the students to experience the hospital environment, obtain an understanding of the many different roles here and hopefully develop an interest in a career within our organization,” she said.

“I have had several mentors in my life, including my parents and past and present managers. The common thread between them was to advise me to take the initiative, continue to learn and give your best to obtain your career goals,” Susan added.

Ed Raeke, the Director of Materials Management, agreed. “It’s a great opportunity to help bring awareness to the many different job opportunities within the healthcare profession.  These young kids are potentially our next generation of doctors, nurses, administrators, technicians, etc., so the more interest we can generate, the better,” he said.

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:
• Reduce and prevent substance abuse and violence
• Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
• Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people