The future of healthcare depends upon the next generation of providers. In 2015, The Hospitals of Providence started up The Student Board of Directors and invited 20 high school students from the El Paso area Ysleta and Socorro school districts to be part of it.
Since its inception, The Student Board of Directors has focused on providing students with unique experiences to learn and explore various aspects of working in the healthcare industry.
“It gives us great pride to know we are giving El Paso students the opportunity to learn first-hand the amazing work we do each day and getting them excited to explore job opportunities in the medical field,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus. “We are committed to ensuring our youth are prepared to be the next great leaders in healthcare.”
Students, selected based on academic grades and teacher references, pledge their commitment to participate in monthly meetings from November through May. Meetings explore different areas of a hospital and provide students the opportunity to talk to hospital leaders from Eric Evans, Tenet’s President of Hospital Operations, to hospital administrators and nursing leaders. Key areas of focus include: Technology in Medicine, Life in the Emergency/CPR Training, and Healthcare in the Borderland.
The 2017-2018 program will conclude in May with a graduation celebration for all students, their parents and school teachers.
Student board member Carlos Mata said, “learning about the Rehab department has been very interesting and a real eye-opener on careers that are available. I am so glad to be a part of this program.”